Hello everyone and welcome to the class. we are live right now and we have over 800 people signed up for todays 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. Were going to start with protecting your Mac and then were 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 dont 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; its referred to as AdWare. For those of you who have gotten to know me over the years of doing these classes you know Im a big fan of metaphors. Im going to use a metaphor.
Right now and i dont want to come off as offensive, im 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. Ill give you the symptoms of AdWare: you can get random popups, you may have ads on sites where there shouldnt 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 youre going to find are fake versions of the software. its 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. Hes a smart dude and the owner of a great blog called, Safe Mac. He created a piece of software called, AdWare Medic. The direct link is Adwaremedic and all you do is click, Download. Its a very lightweight piece of software and it goes into your Downloads folder.
Open it up and its going to ask you to drag it into the applications 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. Lets go into it so you can see what it looks like. All you have to do is hit Scan For AdWare, 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 its running at the time you trash it, it wont let you empty the trash. Be mindful about that, but know this is a great piece of software and.
Its 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 were 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 dont.
CleanMyMac 3 How To Increase You Macs Performance
Cleanmymac 3’s maintenance module offers essential scripts and procedures that will help you keep your Mac up and running smoothly by optimizing system performance, resolving issues, and increasing search speed. To get started, click Choose Tasks. Listed here are tasks that at first glance may sound intimidating, but are completely safe, and CleanMyMac makes.
Running them super easy. Lets go through and check out what they do. Maintenance scripts are basic system routines that your Mac operating system runs periodically. These scripts are built right into your Mac to keep it in shape, but sometimes, when your Mac slows down, it can be a good idea to run them manually.
With cleanmymac. dns cache stores information about the websites youve visited and their IP addresses. Flushing the DNS Cache can help resolve issues such as the inability to connect to certain websites, or if your network allofasudden slows down out of nowhere. Speed Up Mail.
Reindexes the envelope database of os x mail to resolve issues with message content, improve performance, and speed up the builtin search function. Reindexing your mailbox is a safe and useful procedure that doesn’t affect your actual emails. Use the Rebuild Launch Services Database task.
When you notice that double clicking a file opens it in the wrong app, when files and folders have incorrect file type icons, or when the Open With menu displays duplicated or outdated app references. Reindex Spotlight initiates a complete reindexing of your Macs main search engine to improve its performance and accuracy. Run this task when you notice an overall search performance drop.
Or spotlight doesn’t find items on your machine that you know are actually there. Do note, however, that even though this is a super helpful task, it can take some time and affect overall performance while the task is in progress. This process should not be interrupted and you should wait until its completely done before shutting down.
Your mac. CleanMyMac’s Repair Disk Permissions task verifies current permissions and restores corrupted ones to ensure that your system functions properly. You should run this task when apps dont function correctly or you have accessrelated issues.
Verify startup disk checks the file system on your main disk to make sure all data is solid and safe. If the disk needs repairs, CleanMyMac will provide you with appropriate instructions on using the Mac’s Recovery HD. Run this task periodically as part of general Mac maintenance, or when your Mac experiences difficulties with processing data.