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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
    i am new to mac i was wondering what programs i need to keep it up and running at tip top speed. i know on windows you need anitvirus, u need to defrag every month and a whole bunch of other stuff but what do i need one here. I am running mac os x version 10.5.1 if that helps at all thanks in advance

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    To be honest, you don't really need anything. You don't need antivirus since there are no Mac viruses. You don't need a defrag program since OS X does it automatically. And you don't need spyware/adware scanning apps because again, you don't get those on the Mac. And OS X doesn't suffer the same performance decrease over time that Windows does.

    There are programs out there that do cleaning of temporary files and caches, but you don't need to do this regularly to keep the system running at full speed. If you leave your Mac on 24/7, it'll do this automatically.

    But if you really need these apps, check out MainMenu and Onyx.

    Oh, and welcome to Mac-Forums. You'll find yourself with a lot more time on your hands now that you don't have to do regular maintenance.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    If you communicate with PCs or download to your mac side to run on your PC side (this is advisable because surfing and downloading is much safer on the mac side) then the free clamx antivirus is sufficient. (I'm not sure if you need a better one on the PC side). I've only heard that virii don't 'run' on mac, but I haven't heard much about it NOT being able to be passed. http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6126_102...sageID=2520777 If you know that you and none of your friends/work whatever will ever communicate with a PC or you don't run PC on Parallels or Bootcamp then you will not need a virus scanner otherwise you do...
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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Per Kash, you need one of OnyX or MainMenu. Both of these enable you to do regular OS X routine maintenance, which keeps your Mac in tip top shape. Either of these two fine programs will do just what you need. Get one of them and run the routine maintenance scripts once a week.
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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Agree with mac57 and if you wish to purchase a maintenance program, suggest you make it DiskWarriior 4. Best HDD diagnostic and repair tool around.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    thanks for the help it will give me way more time on my hands running some virus scanner that does not even delete the virus it just tells me there is one. Oh and one more thing does anyone know how to restore or what the point of the photo vault i made it while still using Tiger then upgraded, made it for a backup what do i do with it now? how do i get the photos back? it is 4kb on the drive did i loose the photos if so any way to recover them?

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    To be honest, you don't really need anything. You don't need antivirus since there are no Mac viruses. You don't need a defrag program since OS X does it automatically. And you don't need spyware/adware scanning apps because again, you don't get those on the Mac. And OS X doesn't suffer the same performance decrease over time that Windows does.

    There are programs out there that do cleaning of temporary files and caches, but you don't need to do this regularly to keep the system running at full speed. If you leave your Mac on 24/7, it'll do this automatically.

    But if you really need these apps, check out MainMenu and Onyx.

    Oh, and welcome to Mac-Forums. You'll find yourself with a lot more time on your hands now that you don't have to do regular maintenance.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    help!
    so can anyone help me with the photo vault problem i want those photos back if possible plz help

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    You might find better results posting this as a new post either here or one of the other forum headings (maybe here, software or digital lifestyle?)
    Quote Originally Posted by mulese951 View Post
    so can anyone help me with the photo vault problem i want those photos back if possible plz help
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Agree with mac57 and if you wish to purchase a maintenance program, suggest you make it DiskWarriior 4. Best HDD diagnostic and repair tool around.
    I agree with harry: DiskWarrior. And of course, MainMenu. That's what I use anyhow.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Does Main Menu or other programs muck up the registery etc? I know some of the windows maintaince programs did muck things up and delete files which should not be removed, even if the user knows about these files or not.

    I too keep thinking I need to clean my mac of dropped uninstalled files and cache pics etc but don't want to remove files etc that may cause problems.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Im going to say that you dont need any tune up programs, one thing that helps is to stay organized with you files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiJenn View Post
    Does Main Menu or other programs muck up the registery etc? I know some of the windows maintaince programs did muck things up and delete files which should not be removed, even if the user knows about these files or not.

    I too keep thinking I need to clean my mac of dropped uninstalled files and cache pics etc but don't want to remove files etc that may cause problems.
    MainMenu does almost all what OnyX does but is more convenient and, OnyX can be dangerous to use if you don't know what you are doing: MainMenu is less confusing, IMO.


    DiskWarrior repairs damaged directories and saved my hide on a few occasions.

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?

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    trying onyx now...hope it works

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    New to Mac what tune up programs do i need?
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    Let us know how it went

    I download Onyx not so long ago and still haven't used it. I might get MainMenu if it's less complicated lol

    Quote Originally Posted by rokkitt View Post
    trying onyx now...hope it works

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