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, â€œSafe Mac.â€� He created a piece of software called, AdWare Medic. The direct link is Adwaremedic and all you do is click, â€œDownload.â€� It’s a very lightweight piece of software and it goes into your â€œDownloadsâ€� folder. Open it up and it’s going to ask you to drag it into the â€œApplicationsâ€� 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 â€œScan 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, â€œAll Searches,â€� and hit â€œSearch.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.