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6 Tips to Keeping Your Mac Running Fast

Why is my computer running slow?

It’s a question we’re often asked.

Making sure your machine stays running fast can sometimes be hard to keep on top of, but with a few simple fixes, you’re able to keep OSX running smoothly, even if your machine is a few years old.

 

 

  • Removing Malware

The first step is to make sure there is no malicious software slowing down your machine. There are some great pieces of software that can help you make sure your machine is virus free. Malwarebytes helps to remove anything that is slowing down your machine or potentially poses a threat to your machine. It also claims to “protect you from dangerous threats that antivirus doesn’t.” You can try Malwarebytes for free for 14 days, after that licenses start at $34.95 for 1 year.

  • Removing Mackeeper or similar software

You’ll find a lot of software out there that will claim to clean up your machine, when really, it’s doing quite the opposite. Mackeeper is the most notorious of these but certainly not the only one. Mackeeper, by definition, is malware. Malware being “a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software”. Mackeeper can be very difficult to uninstall at times, especially if you want to make sure it hasn’t left any lingering files. A great guide to uninstalling Mackeeper can be found here.

  • Repair Disk Permissions

When you install programs on your Mac, each comes with permission files. These files basically tell your Mac which users can do what with specific files. Over time these permissions get changed by other software and can cause lots of issues with the speed and running of your Mac. Luckily, it’s quite easy to fix this using Disk Utility. Spotlight search for Disk Utility, click on your hard drive (usually called Macintosh HD), and then click Verify Permissions or First Aid on newer versions of OSX. This will scan for any issues. If it does find any issues, you will either be prompted to Repair Permissions or it will begin automatically.

  • Remove Login Items

Too many programs trying to start up when you log in to your computer can result in a very, very slow log in time. If you open System Preferences, click on Users & Groups, then your user account, and then click on Login Items. From there, anything that you don’t require immediately on start up can be removed, hopefully resulting in a fast log in time.

  • Activity Monitor

Spotlight search for Activity Monitor and you will easily be able to see what is using the bulk of your processing power or memory at any given time. By checking what’s using the most of your CPU and Memory, you can decide whether those programs are worth keeping, worth shutting down or whether you might require an upgrade to your RAM.

  • Delete Old Programs and Large Unused Files

It’s also always important to go through your machine every so often and look for old programs or large files that you’re not using. A quick check through your Applications folder, or Control Clicking on folders to Get Info and find out how much space they’re taking up, can be incredibly beneficial in freeing up space on your hard drive and decluttering your machine.

A slow computer is one of the most frustrating things in the world these days, but by following these simple steps, you should be able to keep your machine running like it’s brand new. For more tips and news, check out our other blog posts, or sign up to our newsletter.


Patrick Kirkman
Technician

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How to use AirDrop

In this post we answer these four questions:

 

1. What is AirDrop?

2. How does AirDrop work?

3. How do you use AirDrop?

4. What do you need to access AirDrop?

 

What is AirDrop?

 

AirDrop allows users to transfer almost any file from one Apple device to another over wifi. Photos, music and movies can all be shared. In fact AirDrop will allow you to share almost anything that you would share on Facebook or Twitter. If you regularly share photos via the shared photostream, using AirDrop will mean you won’t take up storage.

 

How does AirDrop work?

 

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wifi to create a connection between two Apple devices. Bluetooth is used to locate another Apple device. Wifi is used to send the file you want to share. Using AirDrop is actually safer than transferring files via email. This is because using AirDrop creates a firewall around the connection created between the two devices that are sharing files.

AirDrop will detect any compatible Apple device automatically. You will also need a Wi-Fi connection. The devices that you want to share files between need to be close to one another. However as the files are shared over Wi-Fi they can be several rooms apart.

 

How do you use AirDrop?

 

How do you use Air Drop on your iPhone or iPad?

1. To access AirDrop on you iPhone or iPad you slide up the control panel that is at the bottom of your screen.

2. You will then have the option to share a file with everyone or only those in your contacts.

3. Navigate to the file you want to share. So for example if you want to share a photo, navigate to the photo app. Select the relevant picture.

4. Once you have selected the file you would like to AirDrop you need to press the share button. This is the box with the arrow that faces upwards. You will then have the option to share by AirDrop, Message, Mail etc.

5. By clicking the AirDrop icon you then need to locate and select the device you want to share the file with.

6. Tap the AirDrop circle which will send the document. The recipient will receive a notification and the option to accept the AirDrop.

 

How do you use Air Drop on your Mac?

1. On your Mac you can find AirDrop in the side bar of your FINDER window.

2. Once in AirDrop you should see the device you would like to share a file with. Drag the file into the image and click send.

 

What do you need to access AirDrop ?

 

AirDrop works on Apple devices. You will need iOS 7 or later on your iPad4, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5 or a later device.

On your Mac you will need a Mac released after 2010 running either OS X Lion or OS X Yosemite.

 

Via: iPhone Life, Mac Rumours, Business Insider, About Tech