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The Ultimate Mac Performance Checklist Feeling like the good Mac days are gone? It doesn’t have to be that way. Just go down this checklist and as you tick each item off, watching as your Mac discovers a new lease on life. 1 - RESTART YOUR MAC Do you know that feeling of fatigue you… Read more... Friend or Foe: A Guide to Internet Security and Computer Safety You roll out of bed in the morning, switch on the news and what do you see? These days the chances of seeing a news story about hackers, data leaks or compromised security is as common as discovering you’ve run out of milk for your morning cereal. It’s not just… Read more... How to Clean Your Computer Here’s a guide on how to clean your PC’s system and hard drive. By the way, if you own a Mac, switch from here to an article on how to clean up a Mac. Mac and Windows PC are pretty different, so make sure you’re reading the guide that helps… Read more... Declutter Your Life: How to Snap Out of Living in a Mess Whining about the faults of overconsumption is nothing new: we spend more than we can and we buy more than we need. And store it for years just in case. That is clear. What’s unclear is how to break out of it, and more important — is it even possible?… Read more... 7 Ways To Increase Mac Battery Life Has anyone ever done a study about how your Mac battery health can affect your own health? They really should because who hasn’t experienced something similar to this… You’ve been working on this presentation for a month. It includes 53 slides, a dozen charts and five Steve Jobs quotes. The… Read more... How to Find Duplicates on Mac Finding duplicate files on your Mac is like finding a needle in a haystack: takes either superhuman patience, or a metal detector duplicate finder app. In this post, we’ll go over both manual and app-powered ways to remove all the useless copies that waste your disk space. So, here’s how… Read more... Most Common El Capitan Issues and How to Deal With Them Is the latest OS X El Capitan slowing your Mac and causing all sorts of problems? Then you’ve come to the right place. At MacPaw we are invested in Mac performance. Today we are focusing on El Capitan, the newest Mac OS X, because we continue to receive requests to… Read more... How to Upgrade RAM on Mac OS X Is your Mac slowing down? Do you spend more and more time waiting for applications to do what you want? If so, there is a very good chance that you have high memory usage and need a Mac RAM upgrade. What is RAM? RAM stands for Random Access Memory. This… Read more... How to Clear Your Scratch Disk If you are a Mac OS X user who regularly works in programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop, you’ve probably encountered errors relating to a "scratch disk." The most common error is Photoshop’s refusal to open along with the message "scratch disk full." If you’ve… Read more... How to Know if an App is Safe? Deciding if an app is safe takes a bit more than just common sense. You can't just judge an app on it's looks anymore. Even Kaspersky, a world-renowned security application, had serious security issues. So the question is: how do you know know if an app is ok to download… Read more...

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