Clean a MBP of unneeded Folders

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  1. gw0gvq Contributor

    gw0gvq

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    Does anyone please know the folders and files that can be deleted without the aid of software that won't harm a mac when deleted to clean a mac? If so can they please share
     
  2. hotelspunk33 macrumors newbie

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    By clean do you mean clean install/boot yosemite in factory settings?
     
  3. gw0gvq thread starter Contributor

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    Sorry , I mean as you'd get rid of uneeded stuf like a defray in windows , not completely , only I have this pop up that says my mac has a virus and it will clean it , but I can't click the x cos theres no way of closing it and I've tried closing safari but when I open the pop up is still there. I ran Adawaremedic but it found nothing.
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    See this recent thread for some suggestions:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/macbook-pro-virus.1913267/
     
  5. Evren Carven, Sep 9, 2015
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    It's hard to clean a malware by yourself. You'd better to use a third-party anti-malware to get out it by the link from CoastalOR's reply. For Safari, this may be caused by some extensions. You can disable the extension. Safari-Preferences-Extensions.
     
  6. Meister Suspended

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    Interesting thread title.

    I only have 30gb out of 250gb left on my rmbp and 150gb are being occupied by 'other'.
    I have most of my raw images and videos on external drives and only apps installed that I really need.
    Most media files/itunes library are on my mac mini.

    I can't figure out what to delete ... :confused:
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Use Omnisweeper or Whatsize.

    OP the only folders you should safely delete are any in your home folder for your user account.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I use OmiDiskSweeper myself.

    Regardless of what you use, I would be hesitant to touch anything outside of your home folder or anything in the Library folder.
     
  9. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    The Safe Mac was acquired by Malwarebytes with support now for Adware Medic. Also running Etrecheck can help show what you have that are a problem.

    Of course a good clone of your system (I would use CCC) and backups - from previous - always helpful to have on hand.

    That scam has been around for years, just do a quick search.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It sounds like you are caught in a Javascript loop that is reloading the same nasty web popup when you restart your browser. Hit command-q to quit Safari, then hold the shift key when you click to relaunch it and that should stop the popup from reloading.
     

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