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Phandroid is recommending Clean Master...NOT GOOD!!
#3 mikedt, Dec 6, 2017
@Joe care to comment on the criteria of the list... and the security concerns about Cheetah mobile?
#4 psionandy, Dec 6, 2017
I looked for apps that had a lot of downloads and were highly rated. I know Clean Master has problems, but the majority of people seem to like it.
#5 Joe, Dec 6, 2017
ah.. so it should have been titled "10 most downloaded apps to clean up space " ;)

(btw.. thanks for the reply.. it's appreciated )
#6 psionandy, Dec 6, 2017
Ratings were also considered. The lowest rated app on this list is 4.4/5. Clean Master is actually one of the highest rated apps in this category.
#7 Joe, Dec 6, 2017
It's because the vast majority don't realise the damage that installing any Cheetah Mobile app actually does.

Do a search for Cheetah Mobile on the forums and see if anyone has anything good to say about them.

Also, just because people like it, doesn't mean it's any good. Loads of people like Little Mix and One Direction, but they're rubbish.

Whilst this focuses on Ram killers, clean master/cheetah mobile are discussed at length - https://androidforums.com/threads/p...k-killers-ram-optimizers-and-the-like.896663/

Joe, I genuinely mean no offence here, but I struggle to believe any reputable Android/Tech site would have anything by Cheetah Mobile in a recommended apps list.
#8 El Presidente, Dec 6, 2017 Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
I have never tried the Clean Master , but i am gooing to install it on phone,
#9 Asenter, Dec 6, 2017
Go ahead...but be aware that your stuff is phoned home to the Cheetah Mobile servers in Beijing, and then sold on to unknown third-parties. That's basically how CM monetizes their "free" apps. Cheetah are primarily a data mining and advertising company, who benefits greatly from having their "free" apps on as many devices as they can.
#10 mikedt, Dec 6, 2017 Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
What about SD Maid?
#11 Daniel Fernandes, Dec 7, 2017
If you have Verizon they have a free app they preinstall in their phones that will do this. It works well. The only issue I have is it keeps telling me I have one app is keeping the phone awake. But my S6 says it's 'sleeping'
#12 mlrz24, Dec 7, 2017
When Cheetah Mobile was just an app developement company that's when they were really really good but in 2014 they went public with a new business plan. If the linked aricle was tl:dr it basically says they went from app development to ad monitezation. Once they did that the whole user experience changed right then. It's not really bad per se, but it's like watching TV with lots of commercials instead of using a utility.

I'm going to try that number 1 recommendation though. Nice list Joe.
#13 dontpanicbobby, Dec 7, 2017
App cache cleaning with File go was nice and easy. I freed up a quarter gig.
#14 dontpanicbobby, Dec 7, 2017
As crappy as that is, people need to understand that no "free" app is really free. You're paying for it with your personal data. Cheetah Mobile may be less subtle about it, but don't think other apps aren't doing the exact same thing.
#15 Joe, Dec 7, 2017
Tru' that Joe.
Where does Google send that data, Washington DC? This is starting to get Political.
Umm. Nevermind.
#16 dontpanicbobby, Dec 7, 2017