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5 free Mac cleaners: Get a clean and fast Mac in minutes Keeping your Mac tidy takes hours of work. Doing this the manual way means trawling through folders upon folders of documents, files, images, music, videos, apps and email downloads, and countless more places in your Mac where junk and clutter accumulates. You don't need most of this. Your Mac would… Read more... How to clear disk space on Mac From the all-in-one solution of disk space analyzers to macOS’ own built-in offering, we’ve found the best ways to keep your system in tip-top condition. How to check disk space on Mac Most of the things that take up disk space on Mac can’t be seen from a top-level overview,… Read more... How to remove old backups from Mac Data recovery backup options can be extremely useful, especially if anything happens to your iPhone or iCloud. However, all of this data can slow your Mac down and reduce its performance, making the most sensible step to search for how to delete iCloud backup. How to prevent your Mac getting… Read more... Can Macs get viruses? Do Macs get viruses? Yes, unfortunately, Macs can and often get viruses and infected with malware and other pieces of malicious software that can cause problems for users and businesses. Cybercriminals are smarter than ever, and Macs — whose users are known to, on average, earn more than those who… Read more... How to partition a Mac hard drive Mac computers, whether you have an iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or another Mac device, all have a finite amount of space. How you use it depends how quickly, or not, that space fills up and whether you need to add more space — either internally (such as upgrading to… Read more... How to repair disk permissions on Mac What are disk permissions and why do they need repairing? Disk permissions on macOS are used to keep your files secure. They’re designed so that certain programs (or other users if you share your Mac) can’t just dip into a system file they have no business with and modify it.… Read more... How to remove ads on Mac Macs might be safer from viruses and malware, but not from ads, adware, popups, and cookies that help advertisers retarget ads at you wherever you go. Digital adverts are everywhere. The more time you spend online, the more you will see, even embedded in apps and Facebook messenger. Hence the… Read more... What is .DS_Store file on Mac and how to delete it? What is .DS_Store? While it appears to be a useless addition to a folder, a .DS_Store file (the “DS” stands for “Desktop Services”) is important in helping Mac work out how to display folders when you open them.  The file is created by the Finder whenever a .zip file is… Read more... The best antivirus protection tips for Macbook Ask most Mac users about antivirus for Mac and they’ll tell you that macOS doesn’t get viruses and so there’s no need to worry about it. Sadly, that’s not quite true. While there’s been no serious outbreak or epidemic of Mac viruses in the wild, macOS has been hit by… Read more... Got a virus on your Mac? Here’s how to remove it You may have heard it's said that Macs don’t get viruses. That there’s no Apple virus. You may even have said it yourself. Sadly, it’s not true. Sure, there aren’t as many viruses on the Mac as there are on, say, Windows. But they do exist. And, it’s not just… Read more...

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