I had installed CleanMyMac before, and have already uninstalled it.

However, I got the notification saying "It's time to clean your mac".

How is this possible and how can I avoid this?

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The interesting thing about uninstalling CleanMyMac is that the best application for the job is, in fact CleanMyMac.

If you set it to uninstall itself, it will tidily clean up its own leftovers before finally quitting & trashing itself.

It is, in fact, probably quicker to re-install it, then get it to uninstall itself than to pick apart where the leftovers are.

Ref: MacPaw FAQs
How To Uninstall CleanMyMac 2? &
How to Uninstall CleanMyMac 3

  • The problem is, once you upgrade to macOS Sierra CleanMyMac 2 no longer runs, so it can't be used to uninstall itself.
    – ash
    Jul 11 '17 at 14:10

go to your command line, ~/Library/LaunchAgents and remove the .plist file reading cleanmymac

  • To add twopence, removal is sudo rm for example, sudo rm com.macpaw.CleanMyMac3.Scheduler.plist, you can find the exact file name using ls in folder ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Imho, this answer is the right-one for technically-able users.
    – revelt
    Mar 1 '18 at 8:45

Open System Preferences / Notifications / Scroll down till Clean My Mac is visible and uncheck all the boxes. Done.

  • 4
    This solution will not clean leftover files May 25 '16 at 16:45
  • Also the notifications seem to reset themselves back on after a restart
    – josef
    Nov 30 '16 at 16:27
  • 1
    To stop them coming back on reboot, System Prefs / Users & Groups / Login Items. Remove CleanMyMac from the list.
    – joe
    Jan 12 '17 at 1:58

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