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Best Way To Clean Up Your Mac Hard Drive

Top 5 Tips on How to Clean your Mac OS X Computer

Hi in today’s tutorial I’m going to show you little tips on how to clean your Mac on everything I’m going to show you today is free so there’s nothing that you’re going to have to pay for basically these are simple ways to clean your Mac keeping it optimize and fast and also making sure that hard drive space is not being used up by cache files and log files that have gotten blown up over time.

And you really can’t see them unless you kinda dig down deep into a whole bunch of folders so I’m gonna show you little tips on how to find those log files those cache and also how to simply keep your computers random access memory or virtual memory as clean and as available as possible so that your applications will run faster and is not sluggish while you working so the first thing we’re gonna talk about is how to clean your memory.

So when I’m speaking about memory I’m talking about random access memory and one of the applications that I recommend for this which I’ve been using and I use actually throughout the day as I’m working is something called memory clean II will put a link to this in the comments area of this tutorial but you can download it for free here or you can get it in the Apple Store which it’s also free and when you download it just install it.

From the Mac App Store like any of the other apps install into your Applications folder look for the application called memory clean but eventually after it installs will put a little item up here this little clock item that will show you that you can clean I your memory from this little area so it makes it very available it also shows you how much memory you have available and if your memory goes in the red over here it usually means you probably need.

To clean it a call for this program is you actually do not have to restart your computer you can clean your memory or throughout the day so when is there a big memory hog that happens while you working you might ask one of the ways is when you’re in photoshop and you have done a lot of retouching in Photoshop and now that you’ve done with it you’re not really going to use Photoshop for lets say the next 2 hours but meanwhile there’s a whole bunch of cache that is.

Space that is kinda being taken up by that program so a nice way to clean it would be using a program such as this and it’s free so all you do is come up here click on it and then you hit this little blue button called clean memory as you can see it’s going through the process so we were at shoot gigabytes let’s see if we get any more available I actually cleaned up before the tutorial so we won’t get too much more by Albert see what if we get a little bit more than 2.3.

And here we go almost and its 88 percent nineb_ and so done and the in and look at that I doubt if you could buy as memory back your ex you now met 3.4 now people working now with interesting about this is really fall is when I get it earlier I only have one 165 available so imagine I went from 1.65.

Clean Protect Your MAC LIVE

Hello everyone and welcome to the class. We are live right now and we have over 800 people signed up for today’s class just through GoToMeeting. We have another several hundred tuning in live through YouTube. We are talking today about how to clean and protect your Mac. This class is going to be broken into two different segments. We’re going to start with protecting your Mac and then we’re going to move on to cleaning your Mac; meaning just making a little bit of extra space so that you have more availability for your actual files instead of that stuff that you don’t even think about that takes up space. So before we started recording, I asked the live audience here a question about antivirus.

Software. Does a Mac need antivirus software? Let me give you the basic answer. The one thing that seems to affect Macs and is not uncommon is something that is not dangerous; it’s referred to as AdWare. For those of you who have gotten to know me over the years of doing these classes you know I’m a big fan of metaphors. I’m going to use a metaphor right now and I don’t want to come off as offensive, I’m just trying to give you an idea of how to picture this. Calling AdWare a virus is a little bit like calling the common cold, cancer. These are two completely different animals. AdWare is not harmful to your computer and I saw one person in chat already give me indication.

That they may have it. I’ll give you the symptoms of AdWare: you can get random popups, you may have ads on sites where there shouldn’t be ads, you may click a link for one site and be rerouted to another, and it can even change your homepage. In that case there are two very, very simple pieces of software (both are free), that I tend to recommend to all of my clients. Now for those of you who are not live right now, I want to make a very strong recommendation. Anytime I recommend a piece of hardware, I always give you a link in the description of the tutorial. The reason for that is with many of these products if you try to Google.

Them, a lot of what you’re going to find are fake versions of the software. It’s actually AdWare, so please, please use the links I provide to you. The first one here is made by a friend of mine, Thomas Reed. He’s a smart dude and the owner of a great blog called, “Safe Mac.â€� He created a piece of software called, AdWare Medic. The direct link is Adwaremedic and all you do is click, “Download.â€� It’s a very lightweight piece of software and it goes into your “Downloadsâ€� folder. Open it up and it’s going to ask you to drag it into the “Applicationsâ€� folder. Bytheway, whenever you see a screen like this, what it wants you to do is to take this.

Icon and drag it and drop it here. Let’s go into it so you can see what it looks like. All you have to do is hit “Scan For AdWare,â€� it will search your whole system and only takes a few seconds to run. In my case, because I am live right now and doing numerous things at once, it may take longer but it scans through your system and tries to detect anything in the background. If it does, it will give you the opportunity with one click to remove it. One thing I want to mention with this software is if it finds anything you will need to empty your trash, restart your computer, and then look again at the trash. You may need to empty.

It a second time because if it’s running at the time you trash it, it won’t let you empty the trash. Be mindful about that, but know this is a great piece of software and it’s free. Some of my buddies at Apple in Apple Care even recommend this to their folks. Now the other one, I have to be very, very careful how I talk about this piece of software. Some of you know how deep this rabbit hole goes, others may not. The other piece of software is called DetectX and it is made by a company called SQWARQ. They have a bunch of different pieces of software they make and the one we’re talking about is, DetectX. What it does is to look for a piece of software that I have personally come to refer to, and I don’t.

Think this is a real term, as PeskyWare. It’s not a virus, it’s not technically AdWare; it is something in the middle. DetectX is a very lightweight piece of software and this is what it looks like. My advice is that you click this drop down menu, go to the last option which is, “All Searches,â€� and hit “Search.â€� It will once again scan your computer for these different types of PeksyWare and I want to make it clear these are pieces of software that the people of SQWARQ have identified, as what I would call, as being less than bueno. Not good. It will show you where they are and allow you to trash the files. Again, with these types of software.

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