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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? What are startup items? Why clean up startup items? Startup items, or login items, are services and applications that launch every time you start your Mac. The are applications who sneak into startup items without notice, never asking if you need or want them there. This way you may end… 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... How to Clear iPod Photo Cache on Mac OS X What is iPod Photo Cache? iPod Photo Cache is a group of cache files found in your iPhoto Library (or Aperture Library). They are located in a folder called iPod Photo Cache. When you sync photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, iTunes creates this folder, where it then stores your cache… Read more... How to Clean Out System Log Files on Mac OS X What are system log files? System logs capture the activity of system applications and services. These system log files can be sent to developers for debugging purposes if an application crashes. But sometimes these logs, which are typically smaller files, can end up with a lot of information and start taking up… Read more...

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