help with maintenance

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jciota, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Jciota macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2008
    I am new to apple and leopard. What kind of maintenance do i need to do to keep my computer running at its best. I have a 2.4 ghz 20 in imac new style and leopard. What should i do about spyware and adware viruses. Any ideas?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Nothing. Your Mac will generally look after itself without you doing anything. If you leave it running overnight (without sleeping) overnight once in a while then it'll look after itself a bit better.

    There are no OSX Viruses at this stage. There are a very few trojans: don't download stuff from dodgy sources and you'll be fine.
  3. Jciota thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2008
  4. S600MBUSA macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    As noted above, you don't really need anything for spyware.

    However, for general maintenance, a utility called Onyx. It gives you one centralized location to repair permissions, verify your hard drive, run maintenance scripts, and clean out caches and log files.

    Of course, be sure you know what you're clearing and deleting before you have Onyx do it.
  5. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Does this mean that no spyware will creep on your system?

  6. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    I've been using macs for 24 years with no spyware/adware or virus protection running.

    No spyware/adware can be installed on your system without you using the administrators password.

    You as the operator decide what gets installed by using your password.

    In other words don't worry about anything, your a mac user now.

    It works just like a toaster. You put a piece of bread in, push a button, and it makes toast.

    it just works.

  7. Jciota thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2008
    I don't understand the whole permission thing and scripts. What is the cache. And can I do most of this stuff with software already on the computer
  8. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Onyx has already been recommended to you. Have you bothered to look into it?
  9. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
  10. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Onyx is good, but if you want an alternative as macrules quoted the link for mainmenu is a good little app, works a treat ;)

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