You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.I'm looking for a good all round cleaner for my Mac.
That's very simple to do without a 3rd party app.I find it necessary to rebuild my Spotlight index about once every 6 to 9 months.
You can rebuild LaunchServices without a 3rd party app. Simply enter the following command into Terminal:so rebuilding LaunchServices is necessary.
Some people repair, or recommend repairing permissions for situations where it isn't appropriate. Repairing permissions only addresses very specific issues. It is not a "cure all" or a general performance enhancer, and doesn't need to be done on a regular basis. It also doesn't address permissions problems with your files or 3rd party apps.You can also repair permissions from within automation programs.
Disk Utility repairs the permissions for files installed by the Mac OS X Installer, Software Update, or an Apple software installer. It doesnt repair permissions for your documents, your home folder, and third-party applications.
You can verify or repair permissions only on a disk with Mac OS X installed.
There are times when repairing permissions is appropriate. To do so, here are the instructions:Does Disk Utility check permissions on all files?
Files that aren't installed as part of an Apple-originated installer package are not listed in a receipt and therefore are not checked. For example, if you install an application using a non-Apple installer application, or by copying it from a disk image, network volume, or other disk instead of installing it via Installer, a receipt file isn't created. This is expected. Some applications are designed to be installed in one of those ways.
Also, certain files whose permissions can be changed during normal usage without affecting their function are intentionally not checked.
That's much quicker and simpler to do within the browser, rather than launching a 3rd party app for that.Although you can reset your various browsers from within the browsers themselves, automation software can do this for you too.
Deleting cache files can negatively impact your system performance. Read the link on maintenance myths that I posted.Doing things like deleting the Cache of various components and services usually doesn't solve any problems for me, but it does add a bit of novelty to the desktop experience!
You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.Thanks! everyone for all your advice, I'll go with OnyX and use it only when necessary. With Macs generally taking care of themselves am i right in saying there is no need for any anti virus applications if i fear i may hit some dodgy website whilst navigating over the internet
Click the ? icon in the lower right corner to read more about the firewall settings. In the window that pops up, click "Setting firewall access for services and applications" to learn more about apps.There doesn't seem to be an enable or disable tab, only
1 Allow incoming connections
2 Allow only essential services
3 Set access for specific services and applications
I'm assuming it's either,
Allow incoming connections
Block incoming connections
which one do i select
I already answered that in my last post.which one do i select?
What are you talking about? Where are you getting that idea?I also checked System preferences > General, and there is no option for (automatically update safe downloads list) for "Mac defender" does my OS have it? .
In the link you gave Anti malware protection it stated..What are you looking for?
You don't need it. As it says in that section:Does that mean i don't have "Mac defender" protection?
As long as you don't install something that just randomly pops up, you can't be affected by it. Follow the 7 tips I posted in post #8 and you don't have to worry about malware.To prevent these files from launching in the future, uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in your Safari Preferences.