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How to Clean Up Your Mac Without Full Reinstall There’s nothing like that “fresh Mac” feeling, when everything is clean and running like new. A healthy Mac boosts productivity by working well and eliminating down time. How to achieve this wonderful state? There are three ways. First, buy a brand-new Mac. It’s not the most economical option, but there… Read more... How to Unfreeze a Mac & Fix Frozen Mac Apps? Imagine this: you’re working happily on your Mac when the dreaded beach ball of death appears. A program stops responding or worse, the macOS (or OS X) itself refuses to do anything but stare at you, blankly. You have a frozen Mac app or an OS X freeze. Mac OS… Read more... All You Need to Know About Free Mac Cleaners Do you feel safe using free Mac software? Sticky notes and bubble screensavers aside, think of software that digs deep into your Mac system and fixes it where it needs fixing. Can you be sure free Mac cleaners are safe? Taking it on trust is a bit like buying a… Read more... How to Remove Startup Items on Mac? Read more... How to Fix Crashing Apps on your Mac As Mac OS X users, we have something to be happy about when it comes to app crashes and freezes: rarity. Typically you can work on your Mac for hours at a time without a single issue. However, a crashing app certainly can happen, leading to lost productivity, time and,… Read more... What are Mac System Preferences, and How Do I Fix Them? What are system preference files on Mac OS X? Your Mac's system preference files are files that store the rules (or parameters) that tell your apps how they should work. And you can find these preference files within each applications' contents. And what about broken preferences? Well, with time, these preference files can be corrupted… Read more... How to Lock a Folder on a Mac You wouldn't wave around a printout of your W-2 or credit card statements in public, and not protecting the digital version of those files on your Mac is just as dangerous. Criminals have become more sophisticated than ever. There's no telling if you're targeted, either, until it's too late and… Read more... How to Protect Your Mac (and Data) from Theft Do you know what “apple picking” is? No longer just an activity for the orchard, “apple picking” is one of many terms being used for the number of iMac, MacBook, and other Apple devices that are stolen in increasing numbers every year. Imagining your MacBook being whisked away by a… Read more... How to Delete iOS Software Updates from Mac? What are iOS software updates? iOS software updates are files that you download every time you want to update the software of your iPhone, iPad or iPod via iTunes. After your device has been updated, you don’t need the file you downloaded and thus you can remove it and free… Read more... How to Uninstall Flash Player on Mac OS X How to Delete Flash on Mac OS X | How to Remove Flash on Mac OS X With the recent news about Adobe Flash Player's vulnerability, most Mac users are scrambling to find out how to uninstall Flash Player on their Macs. Normally, uninstalling Flash on Mac can cause a… Read more...

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