The MacPaw How-Tos

Learn about the inner workings of your Mac and how to make it run better!

What is Low SSD life? Solid-state drives, or SSDs, work faster and use up less battery power than good old HDDs. The bad thing about SSDs is their limited lifespans. The even worse thing is that they can fail without warning and take all your data with them.  Low SSD life means your drive’s lifespan… Read more... What is High disk temperature? Your Mac’s hard drive works best at temperatures between 37℃ and 46℃ (99℉ and 115℉). Anything above that would be considered high disk temperature. You know the drive’s overheating when your Mac’s surface feels too hot, the fans start working louder, or you get a High disk temperature alert from… Read more... What is Heavy memory usage? Heavy memory usage means your Mac is running out of free RAM. This is the memory your Mac’s CPU can access quickly, without having to use hard drive memory. The CPU relies on RAM to run all of your processes fast, so when the system surpasses RAM capacity, things get… Read more... What is Critical battery life? The life of a MacBook battery is limited. You know it has come to an end when the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to, the Mac shuts down when there’s still a charge, or you got an alert from CleanMyMac 3. The battery can die on you… Read more... How to Uninstall Apps on Mac OS X You probably know or guess that you can remove apps by dragging them to the Trash bin, but it is not quite so. Moving the icon to the Trash works fine for deleting movies, documents or pictures, but not quite so with apps. Since trashing seems obvious to many users, we'll have to… Read more... What is Critical S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics? Your Mac’s drive has an early notification system called S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology). It keeps an eye on your disk to spot issues that can lead to drive failure. If you got a Critical S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics alert from CleanMyMac 3, it means the system has identified one of… Read more... Where can I get a CleanMyMac Keygen/Crack? Listen, we love CleanMyMac, and we know you want to use it. But, c’mon? A keygen? Guys, it’s not that easy! Ok, so maybe that is a video that shows you how to crack CleanMyMac 3 in like two minutes. But hold on a sec! Why would we even post… Read more... How to Remove Plugins and Extensions on your Mac If you have browser extensions you're not using, they can slow down your Mac and sluggish web browsing. Moreover, you can have extensions and plugins you never installed. They just appeared in your browser at some point and you would be lucky if they’re not malware or bloatware. How did… Read more... How to Clean Up Mac OS Trash with CleanMyMac 3 CleanMyMac 3's Trash Bins helps to empty all system Trash folders of your internal and external drives, including iPhoto Trash. Many people don't realize that there are more Trash folders on our Macs in addition to the the ordinary startup drive Trash. Each partition and each external drive has its own hidden… Read more... How to Delete Downloads on Mac Deleting downloads on Mac can be a pain, because It involves two separate things: cleaning up your Downloads folder and then removing the downloads history from your browser. So, in short, you'll need to: find your Downloads folder, remove your downloads, clear your downloads history in your browser, and (finally) empty your Trash.  Easy Solution to Delete Downloads… Read more...

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