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Last time I gave you these SpyBuster App for macOS presented. This shows which programs on the Mac come from Russia or Belarus and / or use servers in these countries. In just two days, the app was downloaded over 25.000 times. Now the developers at MacPaw have decided to add a functionality similar to that of the SpyBuster app to CleanMyMac X to implement. For example, the Uninstaller module (a tool for completely uninstalling apps) now includes a new "Suspicious Apps" category that lists software from Russia and Belarus. CleanMyMac X is part of Setapp-Package with over 230 full versions of apps for Mac.
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A few weeks ago, Russia started a war against Ukraine that had been initiated years beforehand – also digitally. I won't go into detail because this is a tech blog, not a politics blog. Also, I know far too little about the subject. But what I can tell you is that MacPaw announced that CleanMyMac and its uninstall helper have integrated detection of apps from Russia and Belarus. This is justified with more cyber security and data protection. Among other things, MacPaw refers to one University of Washington investigation, which was published back in 2018.
The content in brief: Software providers in Russia have had to host their data on Russian servers since 2016, to which the government has easy access. Data can be tapped accordingly and possibly misused. More details are also available on the MacPaw blog, in the current post.
In order to be able to use the new feature, you may have to update the app (current version "CleanMyMac X"). Once you have installed the update, you can check individual installed software for its origin and server activities as follows and uninstall it if necessary:
As you read above, CleanMyMac X is part of Setapp, an app subscription from MacPaw. In addition to the software studio's own programs, it also contains applications from other developers. For only 9,99 euros per month you get over 230 full versions of the app for macOS, without any advertising and with all updates. Of course, you don't have to install all apps at the same time, but you can choose exactly those that will help you when working on the Apple Mac. A wide variety of categories from finance to lifestyle are available for this purpose. You can browse all apps or search for individual programs with this link.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.