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How to clean your Mac from trash


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Your computer resembles a small and comfortable house, where you can both work and relax. But it’s comfortable only when everything is on its place: clean and neat. Of course, it’s not about cleaning your computer hardware from dust. Now it’s time to learn how to clean your Mac OS X, its desktop and file system.

It is recommended and desirable to use some special software that can automatically «pick» all the «trash» from operating system. One of the leading software packages in the field of Mac desktop and system cleaning is CleanMyMac program. Another popular software product is Mac System Cleaner Tool. But keep in mind that many steps in cleaning can be performed manually using standard Mac OS X tools.

Cleaning files

First of all you need to remove all the unnecessary old files. They usually take up much space in your hard drive being completely not necessary anymore. First you need to take a look at the «Downloads» folder and at your desktop. Be sure to find old files like programs, movies or music. Make sure you delete them twice: from the folder and from the recycle bin. Otherwise they will keep your hard drive space anyway. If you need to keep some large files that are used very rarely – move them to any external drive or cloud service.

App Check

Computer helps users perform many different actions that are not even associated with this device. To do all that you need to install software and firmware, for example, to recover a photo on your external drive or to upload videos on your iPhone – all these operations are carried out with the help of additional applications and converters, which are usually downloaded several times and in several versions. After solving the problem user is not likely to use these apps and programs anymore. That is why it is so important to carefully check the list of programs, and clean those you don’t need anymore. It would be wise to sort them by date. If the program has not been used for more than 6 months, why should you keep it? If performing this operation for Windows may seem a bit complicated, be sure Mac makes the process a lot easier: just look through the list of applications and drag unnecessary ones to the recycle bin. Remember, if a program has an Uninstaller - it is better to use this opportunity.

OS upgrade

Apple releases updates for OS X on a regular basis. Every new version makes your Mac more secure, functional and stable. Do not ignore such a great deal «Smart» OS can decide which files to upload for installing updates. Keep in mind, Mac Updates are carried out by the Software Update app, which should be running “by default” in the background. It is better to keep it enabled all the time. If you need to activate it - open the Mac menu and go to System Preferences, then from the View section select Software Update and you will see the list of available updates. All you need is to select safe official updates by Apple. To do that – tick the option "Update automatically".

Internet files cleaning

As all computers and laptops do, Mac also collects lots of files in your browser when you are surfing the Internet, but not all of them help to improve the system. Usually old files are deleted by browsers used in Mac. For example, in Internet Explorer «trash" is cleaned via the menu "Tools", then you need to click on "Options", and then select the unnecessary data. In Firefox temporary files are deleted through the "Options" menu, then by clicking on "Advanced" button, then go to “Network” — “Offline Web Content” and — “Clear” to delete the data you don’t need anymore. If you are a Chrome browser user just press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open a new tab with a simple menu and select the files you want to remove. In addition you can select the time interval to clean some specific files. After than select «Clear Browsing Data» option. In Safari browser unnecessary files are removed through the menu «Edit» clicking «Empty Cache» button and then confirming the operation. In addition, there is special software that deals with complex data cleaning from all browsers.

Virus scanning


The best option to protect your PC is the antivirus program. There is no better idea than using a serious and powerful program. For Mac users there are free and efficient products – they are almost as good as their paid analogues. You just need to install and activate them in background. A very important note is that antivirus software should regularly be updated.

Running the hard disk defragmentation software

We would like to emphasize that computing devices of the latest generation perform this task automatically, although this service can be done manually. Defragmentation – is basically a way of establishing order on your hard drive. This procedure allows you to rearrange the files on your hard drive to increase its performance. Keep in mind that defragmentation has nothing to do with hard disk cleanup — the latter is a completely different utility function that deletes copies and temporary files that are not frequently used. Disk cleanup can free additional space on your hard drive. Defragmentation for Mac is performed automatically in the background as the ongoing process. Disk cleanup on Mac is performed with the help of "Disk utility" — you can find this option in the "Utilities" when opening the "Applications" folder.

Creating a system backup for Mac

After cleaning the device, it would be wise if you create a backup. To do this, you must configure «Time Machine» — - a program for creating system backup. It helps to roll back changes, if you will have difficulties and problems with incompatibility. Actually you can save money by creating a backup folder on external hard drive.

All of the abovementioned methods are simple and effective steps for Mac PC optimization. They help not only clean the device from "trash", but also to boost the performance of your computer.

 




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