Maintaining the Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bowlerguy10, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Bowlerguy10 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a new Macbook Pro owner ~4 days now and am loving it so far! My quad core Windows 7 desktop is essentially sitting on my desk right now not being used, I just can't justify turning it on and using it anymore. I wanted to know about maintenance for the Macbook Pro and I guess OS X in general. What kind of maintenance will I have to do? I have no anti virus or anti spyware right now, I don't have any cleanup programs or defraggers as I am used to with Windows either. Will this thing eventually slow down if I don't run maintenance scrips or anything like that? Are there programs I should have? Should I change when the maintenance scrips run so that they run while I'm using the computer? I read something about repairing permissions to speed up OS X every once in a while, when should I do this and what is meant by doing so?

    Thanks!

    - Cody
     
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    Unless you are experiencing issues or slowdowns, there is no need to do anything
     
  4. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

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    See? A mac does simply just work. :D

    If you need any help, I would consult MRoogle first to search this site for people who have had similar issues. In all likelihood, they have.
     
  5. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Use iKlear to clean the external surfaces.

    That's it :D
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  7. Frankydan100 macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I use a program called "clean my mac" it removes all junk from ur mac that's gets collected and stored, it's gave me back around 9gb in 6months. Other than that I'd say ur good to go! U don't need anti virus or spyware! Macs are just too damn good to have to worry about worms and Trojans pffffttt!!
     
  8. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, if I remember correctly, there have been a few Mac trojans, but if I remember, the few that exist are all tied to porn sites...
     
  9. Frankydan100 macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    And I'm sure none of us in the respectable Mac community would be looking on porn sites!
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much
    This is false. Macs are not immune to malware, especially trojans, which a careless user can install and run. Read the Mac Virus/Malware Info link I just posted.
    There have been trojans found in pirated copies of legitimate applications, not just from porn sites.
     
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    Trojans have to be installed and require admin's password (just like any app) so I would say they are more common in torrents or other downloads (users think they are getting e.g. Photoshop CS5 although it's a trojan). Sure some X rated sites may also distribute them by using the good ol' "your plug-in is out of date, please download it" and then there is a link to the trojan.
     
  12. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Oh wait, yea sorry for the misinformation. I seem to remember hearing about a copy of iWork floating around like that...
     
  13. Bowlerguy10 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's pretty awesome, for photography on the wire at games, on the train, and even just in my bedroom, being able to just use the computer is what I need. Can't waste time fixing or cleaning stuff. Thanks for your help!

    - Cody
     
  14. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Even a mac gets cluttered with crap. I use CleanMyMac about twice a month:

    http://macpaw.com/

    It does a brilliant job. First time use will typically free up 5-8GB in useless caches, language files & universal binaries.

    It also has a decent application uninstaller.
     
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    Or it may screw up your whole Mac

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930

    Languages can be removed with other apps as well and caches aren't usually created just for fun so removing them may have negative effects, as seen in that thread. Besides, 5-8GB is so little anyway
     
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    Read my previous post about CleanMyMac. It's not worth the risk!
    CleanMyMac, like most app uninstallers, are not effective.
    This is the most effective method of removing apps.
    It's your Mac. Use at your own risk. I'll keep warning people about it as long as people are still having problems with it.
     
  18. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    I will. Thanks. :)
     
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    +1 Works great for me!
     
  21. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I completely forgot that my laptop didn't have an antivirus software until you mentioned it :)

    Nope, there is nothing you need to do. Just enjoy.
     
  22. JKK photography macrumors regular

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    I've always used MonoLingual, since I don't need multiple languages or architectures supported. Does that have many reported problems?
     
  23. miata macrumors 6502

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    The few problems I have had lately are easily solved by repairing permissions with Disk Utility.
     

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