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Fix Mac hardware problems after running Apple Diagnostics Most Mac users will experience years of using a Mac without any problems. But every so often, a hardware issue could surface that could significantly impact how your Mac performs. Identifying the cause of problems — hardware or software — is the first step to fixing them. It could make… Read more... How to back up your Mac using Time Machine Why do I need a Time Machine backup? There are few things more terrifying for anyone who uses a Mac regularly, whether it’s for work, study, or organizing family photos, than the thought of losing data. Whether it’s every file on your hard drive, or just a few important documents… Read more... How to uninstall multiple programs at once on Windows PC Have you ever wondered why you can’t remove multiple programs in Windows? Programs have their own uninstallers, so you have to launch uninstallation for each program separately. Unfortunately the process takes time and doesn’t guarantee complete uninstallation. Some leftovers may be overlooked and removing them will require even more time… Read more... How and why to use private browsing in Safari on macOS When browsing online, everyone leaves two sets of footprints. Most, if not every website keeps track of web visitors. Which is why most ask you to accept, click yes or agree to cookies, whereby they leave a cookie in your browser cache in case you come back. Cookies make it… Read more... Editing Mac hosts file: What does this mean? What is hosts file and how does it differ from DNS? First of all, what is the hosts file, and how does it differ from the more commonly known DNS? The Domain Name System is the database that corresponds an IP address’ “dotted quad” numerical format with a website’s alphabetized… Read more... How to run Mac OS X Maintenance Scripts What are maintenance scripts? Mac’s OS X has a built-in function to keep your system from getting bogged down with old files that are no longer needed. Every Mac has three versions of its maintenance scripts — daily, weekly, and monthly — that handle clearing out different unnecessary files as… Read more... How to start up your Mac in Recovery Mode What is Mac Recovery Mode? Apple recovery mode is available in an emergency when your macOS is running into serious difficulties. There are four main features of Mac’s Recovery Mode, whether that is the regular recovery or internet recovery: Restore from Time Machine Backup: Use a previous version of your… Read more... How, why and when to boot Mac in Safe Mode Reasons to start your Mac in Safe Mode Mac's Safe Mode minimizes the applications you have available on your Mac to help identify where any issues might be coming from. Starting up your computer and making it run in Safe Mode is also known as a safe boot (safe boot… Read more... How to check RAM usage on Mac The simplest answer to the question: how much RAM do I need for my Mac is ‘as much as possible.’ You can never have too much RAM, whereas having too little can seriously affect the performance of your Mac. Sadly, however, it’s not quite as simple as that. Adding extra… Read more... How to use System Preferences on Mac System preferences in Mac OS X or macOS as we now call it is the key to making changes to a whole raft of different settings on your Mac. Everything from changing your desktop background to sharing files and folders is configured using System Preferences. Where is System Preferences on… Read more...

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