Maintainance

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

  1. MacNoob2009 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hey Guys,

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

    Thanks
     
  2. superleccy macrumors 6502a

    superleccy

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    That there big London
    #2
    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.

    SL
     

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