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What’s the difference between EtreCheck and EtreCheckPro?

New users should probably pick the App Store version of EtreCheck. Although they are almost equally powerful, the software purchasing and updating experience will be much better in the App Store.
Existing users who already have a license for EtreCheck should stay with EtreCheckPro. Your EtreCheck 4 license will automatically unlock the Power User package.
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Feature Description
Adware removal Although both versions of EtreCheck have the same ability to detect adware, the restrictions in the App Store will prevent the easy removal of most adware. EtreCheck will give you all the assistance and instructions it can, but EtreCheckPro can just remove it. EtreCheck cannot provide any details about Configuration Profiles.
System information Some system information may not be available in the App Store version of EtreCheck. You can enable “Full Drive Access” via the Preferences. Apple requires this feature to be difficult to find and use. When running under macOS 10.14 “Mojave“, EtreCheckPro also needs “Full Drive Access”.

Note that “Full Drive Access” is slightly different than Apple’s term “Full Disk Access”. This is because, when running the Mac App Store version of EtreCheck on macOS 10.14 “Mojave“, EtreCheck’s “Full Drive Access” has two steps - the new “Full Disk Access” in macOS 10.14 “Mojave“ and the normal disk permissions to escape the Mac App Store sandbox.
Processes EtreCheck cannot access some system processes. If you have a runaway kernel_task, the App Store version of EtreCheck will show it as “Other Proceses”. But if there is a problem here, it should be obvious.
Time Machine Some system information is restricted in macOS 10.14 “Mojave” and later. Even EtreCheckPro needs “Full Drive Access” to see full Time Machine information in “Mojave”. Apple requires this feature to be hidden in EtreCheck preferences for the App Store.
Kernel Extensions Some system information is restricted in macOS 10.14 “Mojave” and later. Both EtreCheck and EtreCheckPro can no longer find “Blocked” kernel extensions in Mojave.
Support The App Store version of EtreCheck has limited support. As software developers, all we can do in terms of support is answer questions, fix bugs, and, if all else fails, refund your money. In the App Store, Apple controls all software updates and refunds. All we can do to support Mac App Store customers is answer questions.
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