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    Question fairly easy question (i think)
    Hi all. I want to know how to properly maintain my mac (delete cookies etc) however I cant find a maitenence program that will work, and I cant figure out how to do it manually. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colagal View Post
    Hi all. I want to know how to properly maintain my mac (delete cookies etc) however I cant find a maitenence program that will work, and I cant figure out how to do it manually. Any suggestions?
    Here's one of the better Mac OS X maintenance programs called "Onyx":

    Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - OnyX

    Hope this helps,

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    +1 for Onyx.

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    Onyx works great, just ran it last night!

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    I have Onyx, but don't use it regularly. I should explore it more, but maybe others can share a routine they use.

    Then there are some who say that OS X doesn't need regular maintenance...

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    I said +1 for Onyx because I have friends who use it and are pretty satisfied with it. I've been a Mac user since 2008 and have had absolutely ZERO problems with it when it comes to maintenance. Never ran any security or maintenance software and the OS is working as it should.

    I guess it really depends on the user, not the operating system, though.

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    There some who still insist the world is flat6 toMACsh.

    Personally run the cleaning operations on a monthly basis.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    There some who still insist the world is flat6 toMACsh.

    Personally run the cleaning operations on a monthly basis.
    I don't think it is flat. It's kind of lumpy like a blob of partially melted pimento cheese.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    I don't recall ever reading anyone here who would say Macs don't need ANY maintenance. I have, among other people, often said that it doesn't need anywhere near the levels of management a PC does however.

    I do backups regularly, but maintenance I tend to run about every quarter (three months). I use AppleJack and OnyX primarily. Once a year or so I'll also boot from an external and run DiskWarrior as well. That's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colagal View Post
    Hi all. I want to know how to properly maintain my mac (delete cookies etc) however I cant find a maitenence program that will work, and I cant figure out how to do it manually. Any suggestions?
    Since the topic of Macintosh maintenance comes up regularly, I created a Web page devoted to the topic:

    Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting

    The site does not cover cookies, as I don't consider them a routine maintenance task. You can easily turn cookies off in your browser, or delete them. But cookies aren't the evil that many would have you believe. You may just want to leave them alone. See:
    Beware of Spyware by Christina Zeeh - DTG News Bytes

    Flash cookies have been a recent hot topic. See:
    You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again | Epicenter*| Wired.com
    You can use Flush (free) to delete Flash cookies. (If you use Pandora, this will have the effect of erasing Pandora's settings.)
    Flush.app – Flash Cookie Removal Tool For OS X | MacHacks.TV

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    thanks for the help everyone! Much appreciated, however, I downloaded onyx from the link pigoo left, but it keeps giving me an error when i try to open it...

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    There are specific versions of OnyX for each version of OS X. Did you get the appropriate version of OnyX for your version of OS X?
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    to be totally honest, im not sure what type i have. how do you find out? and where do i find which version its for?

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    Go here and pay close attention to the versions in that list, making sure to download the one for your version of OS X.
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    Click the Apple logo in the top left corner and select " About This Mac ".
    That will tell you what version of OS X you are running.

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