PrivacyScan
PrivacyScan
1.9.5

3.9

PrivacyScan free download for Mac

PrivacyScan

1.9.5
30 November 2018

Seek and destroy privacy threats, secure delete history, and wipe tracks.

Overview

PrivacyScan provides protection by scanning your Mac for files that could compromise your privacy and offers multiple levels of shredding to securely erase them from your system. Now available for demo download! Safely and securely destroy Internet files used for tracking your whereabouts such as cache files, browsing history, cookies, flash cookies and temporary files to clean your Mac and save space while stopping snoopers from spying on your system.

With PrivacyScan, you can rest assured that your tracks remain covered, your private information remains private, and deleted items stay that way. The secure shredding offered within PrivacyScan goes above and beyond United States Department of Defense (DoD) deletion standards by overwriting files with up to 35 passes to ensure complete deletion of sensitive data.

What's new in PrivacyScan

Version 1.9.5:

Note: Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave

Fixed:
  • Bug where Chrome Download Metadata wasn’t being identified for cleaning in some situations
  • Bug where Firefox Browsing History wasn’t being identified for cleaning in some situations
  • Bug where Firefox Download History wasn’t being identified for cleaning in some situations
  • Bug where Safari Caches were not being identified for cleaning in some situations
Improved:
  • User interface updates and improvements

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13 PrivacyScan Reviews

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lacwbo
26 January 2012

Most helpful

No free trial. No thanks!
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Version 1.0
stancoutant
05 December 2018
A five-star review was left on October 11, 2018, but now we're running Mojave 10.14.1, and Privacy Scan 1.9.5, updated to match, continues to keep Safari (and our iMac in general) running fast and clean. It's the last app we run every night before shutdown.
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Version 1.9.5
kenneth-fischer
28 October 2018
Does Not Work on Mac High Sierra or later with Safari. After upgrading a MacBook Air OS to High Sierra Privacy Scan routinely failed to clean cookies or other "threats" on Safari. After upgrading to Mojave (10.14) Privacy Scan fails to clean almost everything on Safari -- including after updating Privacy Scan to the very latest version. Privacy Scan version 1.9.4 I find simply going thru Finder to Library (holding the Alt/Option key down) and manually dragging all files from the Cache, Logs and Cookies to the Trash and deleting does as well as Privacy Scan did, and now exceeds Privacy Scan's capabilities with Safari. Since that cleans what Privacy scan does with the other search engines, I see no need or value in this utility until it is fixed to also clean Safari files.
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Version 1.9.4
stancoutant
11 October 2018
PrivacyScan saved our bacon when we received a bogus "Your Mac Is Infected" page in Safari that could not be closed nor deleted. Force-quitting Safari 11 in High Sierra was to no avail. Rebooting our Mac and relaunching Safari was futile, as the same page reappeared. But PrivacyScan fixed it immediately. Then we upgraded to Safari 12 and macOS 10.14, Mojave., and PrivacyScan would not function correctly. A request for assistance from the publisher brought us a detailed procedure on how to give PrivacyScan Full Disk Access, and with that, PrivacyScan performed properly once more. Hurrah!
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Version 1.9.4
poetaignota
07 May 2018
The literature for other 'sanitising' software in my possession states that multiple overwriting can damage SSDs and for SSD-based computers recommends that sensitive files be simply deleted - which PrivacyScan can do very efficiently - and the free space then over-written once with zeros - which (so far as I am aware) PrivacyScan cannot do. I queried SecureMac on this point some six weeks ago. My query was acknowledged but SecureMac did not reply.
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Version 1.9.4
iMacWare
28 March 2018
Honestly it does work. You need to make sure your iCloud and Chrome syncing is off. Also, I would probably turn off Opera Sync too.
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Version 1.9.4
Mig4444
10 September 2015
OSX 10.11 El Capitan Public Beta 6 seems to break the app. It seems to only do a quick, partial scan and cleaning of Safari and the Finder, and after scanning/cleaning, the app has to be closed using Force Quit. I hope this gets fixed because I use it regularly to keep my browsers running properly.
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Version 1.7
Brooklyn-Al
20 April 2014
Not sure this does anything more than Onyx, and C cleaner but if you purchase I would advise going through each browser and uncheck "Webpage Icons" in the preferences. Kind of like the color....though after navigating to the page after deletion the color icons come back.
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Version 1.5
Oak
13 August 2013
What is the difference between a copy purchased directly from the Developer and one from the App Store---other than not having to deal with the App Store?
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Version 1.3
2 answer(s)
Securemac
Securemac
20 August 2013
Great question Oak! There is no difference aside from how you get updates to the program. Customers who purchase from the Mac App Store will find updates in the "Updates" tab of the Mac App Store, customers who purchase directly from us can check for updates from within the PrivacyScan menu in the app itself!
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Mikebenda
Mikebenda
09 December 2014
I think that when purchased directly from the developer, you are licensed to use the application on one computer. If you want to install it on more than one computer, you need to buy a Family Pack.

Anything you purchase from the App Store can be installed on all the computers you are signed into with your Apple ID.

And it appears that the price is $14.99 here and $1.99 in the App Store.
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Securemac
03 July 2013
We've heard the demand.... We're proud to announce a free trial version of PrivacyScan available for immediate download directly from here or our website as well as the ability to purchase on our website as well as the Mac App Store. Thank you for the kind words and the support for our app. Let us know what you think!
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Version 1.2
Rsmacupdate
11 April 2013
I was looking at this app and wanted to chime in with others. As a potential purchaser, I would like to see a demo/trial version. I also would like to see a non-Apple AppStore version. I and others don't like Apple or anyone else controlling everything. Sites like MacUpdate are a needed alternative as are developer sites. Finally, a comparison with similar products like NetShred and Cookies would be helpful. The app looks good and these are just some of my thoughts as a potential purchaser.
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Version 1.2
1 answer(s)
Rsmacupdate
Rsmacupdate
11 April 2013
A few more thoughts.... I wanted to thank the developer for including Snow Leopard in the range of requirements. A large number of Mac Users have stayed on Snow Leopard (about a third at this point)due to problems introduced with Lion and continued with Mountain Lion like the loss of Rosetta functionality. I also would liek the granularity to see and choose which files are targeted for deletion. Here is a summary as this is longer than I anticipated... • Add a Demo/Trial • Show which files are to be deleted • Allow the user choice in files to be deleted • Offer purchase apart from the App Store • Offer as a MU Promo and in a MU Promo bundle • Offer in other promo bundles too
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$14.99

3.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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