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  1. #1

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    Mar 14, 2007
    iMac Intel Core Duo 2 - 2.66Ghz., 2Gb Ram, GeForce 7600, 500Gb
    General Questions / DeFrag ? / Software

    Hello All,

    Is there any utility package I should use with a Mac? I know I will get mixed reviews but even on the PC they have a built in Defragmentation Tool. Do you Defrag on a Mac?

    Also I assume I need AntiVirus - correct.

    Any other necesities? Toast? etc.


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    surfwax95's Avatar
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    Aug 27, 2005
    Fayetteville, AR
    15" Powerbook G4 24" iMac iPhone 3Gs
    Welcome to the Mac-Forums!

    Nope, Macs don't need to be defragged.

    You only need anti-virus software if you're networked with PCs that could get the virus.

    Nothing is deemed a necessity unless you need it...if you need Toast, buy it!
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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    Apr 29, 2006
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    Welcome rvacs!!

    Check out the list of "critical apps" in my Linux to Mac Switcher'd Guide at

    Even though the list is in a Linux-2-Mac guide, it is not Linux specific at all; no matter what you are switching from, you will be interested in these apps.
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    Member Since
    Apr 20, 2006
    Al iMac 20" 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    No need to defragment.

    No need for antivirus.

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    Mar 15, 2007
    utrecht, netherlands
    i-mac dual-core 2.16Ghz 24inch, Macbook 2.4Ghz alu, 27" iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06Ghz
    I have also just bought an i-mac and a friend suggested macaroni a freeware utility that runs in the background doing general tidy ups of the harddisc. I have installed it and, fingers crossed, no problems yet. Being an (ex)windows user the ease of macosx is very reassuring but hard to get used to!

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    I'd really strongly suggest searching. Every one of your questions has been answered on the board. Always use the search feature at the top of the forum first. You'll find lots of good information.
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