Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacNoob2009, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. MacNoob2009 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2007
    Hey Guys,

    I was wondering what the best free software do you guys use to keep your Macs running like new??

  2. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    None. My Mac always runs like new and I don't need to do anything.

    Well, that's nearly true but not quite. Here's what I do:
    • I Use Disk Utility (included in OS X) periodically to repair permissions and verify hard drives (actually SuperDuper repairs permissions for me when it does its scheduled backup);
    • Browse my hard drive occasionally for any bits of un-installed or un-wanted programs (although this generally makes no improvement other than freeing up disk space and making the hard drive look tidier). You need to know where to look;
    • I use Omni Disk Sweeper to find things to delete when my hard drive gets too full.
    • I check the Login Items (System Preferences > Accounts) to make sure there's nothing there that shouldn't be (there ususally isn't);
    • I keep abrest of software updates from Apple and for all the applications I use;
    • I make sure that guests using the machine can only do so via their own, non-administrator accounts.

    There's various system hack utilities around for the Mac (Onyx I think is one), but personally I don't see the point.

    Any "free software" that claims to be able to keep "Macs running like new" (or PCs for that matter) is probably a con, malware or both.


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