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    Sep 24, 2012
    New to Mac
    I have been a long term Windows person, but just taken over a Macbook Pro 17 inch from a reliable source. What steps should I take to ensure the machine is "clean". Will my Norton antivirus work on Mac, or what other recommendations.

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    pigoo3's Avatar
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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by exgarymac View Post
    Will my Norton antivirus work on Mac, or what other recommendations.
    Recommendation #1ůskip the anti-virus!

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    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    Unlike Windows machines, you don't really have to do anything to keep things clean. The thing I would recommend is whenever you want to uninstall programs (any that don't have a built-in installer), use a program like AppCleaner to remove application so that all associated configuration files go to the trash as well.

    This doesn't necessarily slow things down and doesn't take up a lot of space, but just completes the uninstallation.

    Other than that, you can run OnyX at some interval to clean things up and a Repair Permissions from Disk Utility might not be a bad idea.

    I've been using my iMac since I got it in early 2009..upgraded it to Lion and Mountain Lion and do nothing special with it other than use anti-virus, no checks or anything..

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    Sep 24, 2012
    Thanks for that advice. It all seems very different from the WINDOWS world so I can see why converts never go back.

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