Best Mac AntiVirus Apps – What to Look For?

With Mac viruses fast becoming big business for hackers and scammers it is important we protect ourselves with effective, trustworthy and up to date virus protection. The demand for Mac virus protection is steadily increasing and so are the number of Mac antivirus softwares on the market. While choice can be a blessing, enabling you to hand pick the software that suits your needs and budget the best, it can be a bit of a hassle trawling through the competition. There are many great ones out there and albeit some mediocre ones.

When you are looking for a Mac Antivirus software to protect your cherished Mac and personal files, make sure it is…

1.) Always Up-to-Date

In order for a Mac Antivirus software to work it needs to be able to identify all Mac virus threats so when one approaches your machine it can effectively block and eradicate it. As there are thousands of new Mac virus strands created and set loose every year, in order for a Mac antivirus program to stay effective and forever keep your beloved machine out of harms way it has to stay up-to-date.

 

2.) Can Identify all Types of Mac Malware

The Common Virus, Trojan, Worms and Spyware are the main types of threatening Mac Malware. Each have different characteristics and specialisms. But even though there are only 4 main types of viruses there are hundreds of variants under each. A good Mac anti virus app needs to be equipped to cope with all of them.

 

3.) Hunt Down ‘ALL’ Lurking Mac Viruses

A lot of people are a little slow off the mark and only look to install a Mac anti virus software after an invasion of online bugs has already hit their computer. This is fine as long as the app is clever enough to overthrow the army of Mac viruses. In order to keep your Mac and personal files safe and secure every trace of the virus needs to be hunted down.

 

4.) Removes ‘ALL’ Traces of Virus

Computer viruses are very good at rapidly spreading and hiding themselves around your entire hard drive. Just like taking antibiotics for a throat infection, in order to cure the infection the solution needs to track down and eradicate all signs of unwanted invaders. This would leave your hard drive clean and pure once again.

 

5.) Fixes Damage Caused By Mac Viruses

Luckily most Mac viruses cause more of a nuisance to your computer than a devastation. If a virus has left you dealing with a slow performance, broken apps, freezing screen and missing files, then you need a program than can fix these frustrating issues and get your computer working like new again. More sever damages to your hard drive and bank account will need to be looked at by an outside professional.

 

6.) Prevents Virus Spreading

It is very easy to spread viruses from one computer to another via file sharing. A Mac compute can even spread a Microsoft infection without knowing. Some top Mac Antivirus programs can prevent you from accidentally infecting a colleagues or loved ones computer, great for your conscience and street cred.

There are loads more tips and tricks to look out for when browsing for an effective Mac antivirus software, please see our follow on article for more details.

Best Mac AntiVirus Apps – ‘What to Look For’ Continued…

In this article we are exploring the functions and features one should look for when shopping around for an effective, professional and trustworthy Mac Antivirus Program. We have already covered some essential features in our first article so to catch up please check out…

Best Mac AntiVirus Apps - What to Look For?

Now lets continue with the list 🙂

 

7.) Protects your Money

It is especially important you invest in the best Mac virus protection possible to safe guard your personal and financial information. Notorious Spyware is the usual culprit behind emptying online back accounts and they work in SILENCE. Top professional Antivirus softwares should have a feature that double backs up your passwords precious information.

 

8.) FREE Mac Antivirus Software Updates

If you payout for a software you ideally want it to be a one time thing (unless you initially get it for a real bargain). Some Mac Antivirus softwares provide free updates. Also in an ideal world these updates will be automatic, I never remember to update software and find it such a chore.

 

9.) Safeguards Children

While the word wide web can me a magical invention brimming with entertainment and knowledge it can also be a very dangerous place. Some top Mac antivirus softwares have an added parental guidance feature which helps protect children against sick sexual predators, block inappropriate adult content from popping up, prevent sneaky app store purchases and control across gaming and social sites.

 

10.) Compatible with your Mac System

Apple update their system quite often so the Mac antivirus apps have to stay on top of the changes. Even though OS X Yosemite has been available for ages, some free antivirus softwares still only work on OS X Mavericks and previous systems. If you want to install protection that works to the best of its ability then make sure you find one that is compatible with your Macs system. This shouldn’t be too difficult as most apps like to have an edge on their competitors and are usually pretty quick off the mark to stay on par with Apples updates.

NOTE: There are a couple of good free Mac antivirus softwares available to download, such as Clamxav. While they are certainly worth exploring they will naturally not be as effective as a paid for one. Aside from the obvious user-friendly controls, good graphics and the abundance of extra useful security features that professional programs come with, free apps are moderated by volunteers. In order for a Mac antivirus software to be effective it is imperative it stays up-to-date with the latest viruses rooming the web.

TIP: A lot of the professional Mac antivirus programs are similarly priced, but to give them the edge over competition some offer extra bonus features. For example I really like Mackeepers dedicated Security tool which enables your computer to be tracked if ever a thief stole it. This feature even allows you to activate the camera on your Mac from you location to record the criminals identify, talk about getting caught red handed!

MEGA TIP: Reading product reviews can be very interesting and insightful, especially Mac Antivirus software comparison review, but actually trying out and experiencing a product first hand is second to none. Some Mac antivirus softwares even offer a Free trial download! So what are you waiting for?

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Pt 4

If you have just joined us, please feel free to browse our previous articles in this category…

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses  – Part 1

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 3

In that last instalment we conclude our list of the 12 biggest and most common ways our precious Apple computers can fall prey to evil Mac viruses.

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus

10.) ‘Out of Date’ Mac Antivirus Software

In order to keep your Mac cushioned and safe from relentless online virus attacks you must install a dedicated Mac antivirus software that will stay on top of the pressure and demand. Hackers and scammers quickly create and release new virus codes in an attempt to bypass virus protection barriers. If an antivirus program is not alert and up-to-date they will not identify the approaching threats, leaving you vulnerable to a Mac virus invasion.

TIP: Only install a professional Antivirus program that will identifying all types of threats old and NEW.

Note: While any top professional app should provide software updates to ensure your Mac warns off any new virus threats, they are not always automatic. If you are anything like me and can not rely on yourself to be alert and regularly check your Mac antivirus program for any updates, a software that provides automatic updates may be more suitable. After all I would hate your computer to get an infection simply because you forgot to update your protection app.

 

11.) Mac Antivirus App is ‘No Longer Compatible’

Apple regularly update their system and release an entire system overhaul every two years or so. With this in mind it is important that your Mac Antivirus app stays on top of the changes. Most dedicated professional applications are very good at this as they are obviously keen to beat their competitors to the update, but free antivirus apps however are either a one off or only maintained by a volunteer so they often take ages to catch up with the new system and left incompatible. If your Macs Antivirus program is incompatible then you leave the risk of your Mac being a sitting duck with no protection against virus attacks.

TIP: While new and exciting Antivirus apps look snazzy and talk the talk, there is no proof they can walk the walk like established programs such as Norton, Kasperky and Mackeeper. They may of course be brilliant but as they are so new you do not know if the company is still afloat by the next time Apple release a new system update, older apps that have stood the test of time however are going to actively ride the changes.

 

12.) User Stubbornness

The last and biggest way viruses can infect a Mac is ‘user stubbornness’. We all know that the internet is riddled with nasty computer viruses of all shapes and sizes, especially if you were once a Microsoft user as you would have no doubt had first hand experience with viruses. One of the very first things we are taught in IT lessons is to ignore and immediately delete dodgy popups and Websites. We know that we should tread carefully when making purchases online and to not download illegal content off shifty sites. If we all behaved like gold star students than computer viruses would have a harder time cracking into our systems. Instead people splash the cash online, freely handing over their bank card details to all sorts of unestablished sites, sharing unchecked files with one another left right an centre and downloading loads of pirate files. Theres no wonder Mac viruses are a major threat.

TIP: Wise up and pay close attention to all the Mac viruses tips we have noted in our ‘How Can Viruses Infect a Mac – Top 12 list’. I understand that you can not be alert 100% of the time so to ensure your computer stays virus free, install a Mac antivirus software. Please see our ‘Best Mac Antivirus Comparison Review’ to find out what app is ideal for you.

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses

So I think we can agree that a Mac virus attack is a situation we could all do without and the first step to avoiding a potentially disastrous invasion is to know how the bugs get in.

There are countless ways in which a nasty virus can hitch a ride onto your beloved machine and they are getting more and more creative! Lets start with the most obvious and traditional methods and work our way up, and of course cover the ways we can prevent an invasion…

Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses

 

1.) Corrupt Downloads

I think every one knows that they are playing with fire if they choose to download illegal files off suspect websites. Dodgy downloads are the age famous way to infect your computer with Mac malware. These files come in all formats from music, apps, softwares, movies to games. Even a simple picture can cause an infection.

Tip: Be internet wise and make sure you are confident in the source in which you are downloading files.

Note: While back in the day the criminal websites themselves would look as shifty as the alluring file downloads but now they can look like professional sites with legit content. Just be aware that if a download seems ‘too good to be true’, perhaps it is a free copy of Adobe Photoshop worth $1000, then it probably is and instead of getting the latest photo editing software you are installing a virus!

 

2.) Dodgy Websites

Now we have just highlighted the fact that suspect websites entice you in with attractive looking downloads, there are many evil websites that can infect your machine just by loading the URL, YIKES!

Tip: There may not be much you can do once you have loaded the site up (except source an effective Mac Antivirus Software to kill off the bugs), so just make sure you pay attention to odd looking URLs, especially when you are swimming in dangerous waters i.e. searching for topics that are ideal for these sorts of websites to target such as illegal downloads.

 

3.) Malicious Popups

Have you ever visited a website only to have your desktop littered with irrelevant popups, usual gambling ads? Yes I thought so.

I don’t mean to scare you, there is nothing wrong with pop up ads in general and 9 times out of 10 they are completely harmless. Popups ads are just another way to grab a visitors attention, most top websites have them after all.

Tip: It is the unknown websites you visit that leave irrelevant uncalled for pop ups sitting on your desktop that you need to be weary of. If you find these popups don’t panic, simply delete them off your screen and forget about it. What ever happens, do not get sucked into their message and click on them!

 

4.) Online Ads

As more people choose a criminal career in virus spreading the more dangerous it is to cruise the web carefree (without Mac Antivirus protection). The masterminds behind the virtual bugs have found a way to make even popular legitimate sites threatening, by infecting online ads. Some leading websites have been a bit too relaxed with their passwords or have software flaws that enable Mac viruses such as ‘malvertisements’ to show on the webpage.

Malvertisments are online ads that have malicious code hidden inside them and when an unassuming visitor enters the site where a malvertisement shows (which of course looks like a regular add) their computer is at serious risk of being automatically infected. They are a dangerous form of Mac malware as they can silently infect countless computers rapidly.

Tip: Unfortunately there is know way you could foresee whether a top website is infected it malvertisements or not. The only way to avoid a potential attack is to have an effective Mac Antivirus Software active on your Mac.

To continue our list of please check out ‘Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2’

Get Rid of Mac Spinning Beach ball – Long Term!

While 9 times out of ten our list of ‘How to Get rid of Mac Spinning Beach Ball of death – Quick fixes’
will do the trick and get your Mac back up and running in no time, if however your Mac has been suffering and running slow for a while and the spinning beach ball of death pays you regular visits, then one of these longer term solutions my be best…

mac spinning beach ball of death

 

Long Term Fixes…

If you have noticed your Mac has been running slow for sometime and the dreaded Mac spinning beach ball is always rearing its ugly head, then here are some long term solutions that can fix it.

 

Give your Mac a ‘Deep Clean’

Cleaning your Mac is essential if you wish to keep your Mac rocking that sexy signature snappy Apple speed. Over time computers inevitable get slower, but this is not usually because age (heck my vintage 2007 MacBook Pro is nearly as fast as my 2013 model). Computers slow down because their hard drive gets clogged up with old, forgotten, duplicate and unneeded files and softwares etc.

Cleaning your Mac is simply the process of safely deleting these files, freeing up gigabytes of disk space and consequently boosting your Macs processing speed. It is very easy to clean your Mac. While you can trawl through your files manually, trashing normal files by sticking them in your virtual bin, and using a good uninstaller software to remove apps and softwares, a professional Mac cleaner can do this and more for you instantly, at the click of a few buttons. Please see our article ‘Best Mac Cleaner Software Comparison’ for more info.

 

Upgrade your RAM

If your Mac seems to constantly struggle whenever you have more than two apps open at one time, then your RAM may unfortunately need an upgrade. In brief, your RAM (an acronym for Random Access Memory) is the important part of your machine that enables you to use several apps, programs and softwares at the same time. The more RAM you have the more programs you can have open without hindering your Mac performance and processing speed.

Upgrading your RAM is a little technical but is very easy and relatively inexpensive to do. I have even done it myself without the aid of an Apple genus breathing over my shoulder. If you would like to learn more about your RAM, where to find it and how to upgrade please check out these articles… My Mac RAM

 

Scan Mac for viruses

Mac computer are pretty good and warning off nasty online viruses and spyware, however they can slip through the net. Viruses are very good at making your Mac run slow (amongst other evil deeds), so if your Mac is currently struggle with average day-to-day tasks, and it is not down to a much needed RAM upgrade or a deep clean, then I suggest you scan your Mac for bugs. If your Mac has caught a bug whilst surfing the online wave then the sooner you identify it the easier it is to fix its inevitable damage.

There are some brilliant Mac anti viruses softwares out now, why not check out our review article – ‘Best Mac Anti virus software Comparison’.

How to Get Rid of ‘Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death?’

As I am sure you have already discovered… nobody want to be stuck staring at a frozen screen, slowly being hypnotized by Macs spinning beach ball of death symbol. Just like Windows loading hourglass, this colourful twirling icon only pops up when your computer is struggling to perform a task or there is a some sort of technical problem.

There are many reasons why Apple Macs spinning beach ball symbol pops up, most of them very harmless and easy to fix. To see if you can identify the reason why your Mac has frozen and is taking ages to load, please check our article on ‘Why is My Mac Showing the spinning Beach Ball of Death?

How to Get Rid of 'Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death

 

My Mac is Showing Spinning Beach Ball of Death – How to Fix It

There are a couple of solutions we can act out to get rid of the Mac spinning beach ball of death, so lets start with the easiest….

 

FAST Quick Fixes…

1.) Be Patient and Wait it Out
As your Macs spinning beach ball is often simply caused by a program attempting to fulfil a task you have commanded, as soon as this task has been completed by the program the beach ball will naturally disappear and you will be able to continue using your Mac as normal. So the first and easiest solution is a to wait a few minuets and see if the symbol disappears by itself.

Tip – Clicking around the screen may only delay your Mac and program from completing the original task, so try to refrain from pressing or clicking anything. Pop off and brew a cup of tea and hopefully by the time you return (armed with a a steaming hot drink and a tub or moorish jammy dodgers) your Mac will be back, conscience and ready to work.

 

2.) Force Quit Problem Apps

If you know a certain application has caused the Mac spinning beach ball of death to appear, then you could ‘Force Quit’ the misbehaving application – this will usually do the trick.

Note – If you force quit an application is it highly likely that any unsaved changed will not be there when you open it up again. If you have important work that you would hate to loose, then stay patient for as long as you can and ride it out.

Force quitting an application is very easy to do, please see our article…. How to Force Quit on Mac for step-by-step instructions.

 

3.) Restart Mac

Before we start to explore the more technical solutions, restarting your Mac is always worth a try. Have you noticed that electrical goods often seem to mysteriously fix themselves after they have had a little shut eye and time out…

Initially I would recommend that you ‘shut down’ your Mac the usual respectable way by ether selecting the shut down option from the toolbar menu or by pressing the power button once until the a window of sleep options appear. However, if your Mac has completely frozen then you have my permission to force restart your Mac. To do this just firmly hold down the power button until the screen goes black.

Tip – Wait for the computer to fully restart before you give it any commands to prevent it freezing up again.

What is ‘Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death?’

What is ‘Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death?’

Macs spinning beach ball symbol has been plaguing us since the OS X system was introduced. While it is also commonly known as a spinning pinwheel it also has some rather amusing albeit rather unattractive nicknames such as ‘spinning beach ball of death’ (indicates how much people love to see it pop up on their screens) marble of doom, pinwheel of death and oddly – the spinning pizza of death (I’ve never seen a rainbow coloured pizza before but bet is taste good – like jelly babies squished into dough…) If you are mega Mac nerdy then you may call it SPOD.

Just like Microsofts dripping hourglass, Mac users hate seeing this multicoloured circulating icon as it indicates that an application is not responding quick enough to system events and commands. Frustratingly when the Macs spinning beach ball of death invades your screen, it often leaves your computer frozen and there is little you can do to get rid of it.

mac spinning beach ball of death

 

Why is My Mac Showing the Spinning Beach Ball of Death?

There are a few possible reasons why this hypnotic twirling icon pops up…

 

Too Many Apps Open

A program you are using is presently busy acting out a command, it has temporarily frozen you screen while the program completes its task.

 

The Application you are using has Frozen or Crashed

There are several reasons why an single app can play up causing your Mac spinning beach ball of death to appear. It could be as simple as having too many apps open at once or maybe an application contains a code error. If you suspect your app has crashed, please see this article for easy instructions of on how to fix a crashed ac app.

 

Mac Needs a Deep Clean

Cleaning out your Mac from old, duplicate and forgotten files and softwares can free up literally gigabytes of space on your hard drive. This results in giving your Macs processing speed an dramatic boost and prevent the Mac pinwheel from raring its multicolour face any time soon.

For more information on the top professional Mac cleaning softwares and to try out a Free scan, please see our article Best Mac Cleaner Software Comparison.

 

Your Mac has Insufficient RAM

 In short your Macs RAM (Random Access Memory) is your computers working memory. It is incredibly important as it controls how easily you can run multiple applications, programs and softwares side by side simultaneously. If your RAM is too low then your Mac will become very slow and struggle to have several apps open at any one time.

For more information on RAM please click here and discover this like… how to find how much RAM your Mac has and if you need to get an upgrade ect.

 

Mac has Caught a Virus

This is a rather unlikely cause but if you have exhausted all other possibilities, then I suggest you scan your Mac for nasty viruses as they could be wreaking havoc and causing your Mac to run slow (amongst other scare things…) Most of the top Mac anti-virus softwares offer a free scan. Check out our review ‘Best Mac Anti Virus Software’.

 

Hardware Problem

 If there isn’t a day that goes by that your Mac isn’t struggling to function and you have already scanned for viruses, checked your RAM and performed a deep clean to get rid of any dead weight and free up storage space, then your spinning beach ball may unfortunately be down to an hardware problem. I recommend you give an Apple genius a quick call to investigate further.

How to Fix a Crashed Mac App

I have had the inconvenience of witnessing a Mac app crashing many times. While it is very frustrating (especially if you are in the middle of a piece of work and the app crashes before you have the chance to save it. Urgh!) it is fortunately often very easy to fix. Before we cruise the best ways to remedy this pesky problem, check out our article ‘How to tell if a Mac app has Crashed’ to make sure your app has actually crashed.

how to fix crashed mac app

Often a crashed Mac app is very easy to fix, albeit a little inconvenient.

 

Ways to Fix a Crashed Mac App…

Force Quit – If your App has frozen on screen and you are struggling to exit it, then ‘Force Quit’ it. Force quitting an application will not damage it although it is always best to exit and shut down an application the normal way whenever possible.

Is it every easy to Force Quit an Mac app – just complete the following steps…
1.) Click on the min Apple icon from the far left hand side of the menu bar.
2.) From the drop down menu select the ‘Force Quit’ option.
3.) A mini ‘Force Quit’ Mac window will pop up and inside you will see a list of any apps you have currently open. Select the name of the crashed app and press the blue ‘Force Quit’ button.
Close Apps Down
Sometimes having loads of applications open at one time can cause your Mac to run very slow and even make an app crash. You can easily fix this by closing down any of the apps you no longer need open. However, if you need to have several application live and kicking at one time (i do) then the best way to prevent apps crashing and from your Mac running frustrating slow in the future, I recommend a deep clean. Cleaning your Mac either manually (if you have a few spare hours) or using a professional Mac Cleaner Software can give literally GBs of storage space and help restore your Macs signature snappy speed.

 

Restart Mac
Amazingly often simply shutting down and giving your Mac a few minuets breathing space before booting it back up again can fix a crashed Mac app. Definitely worth a try.

 

Repair Permissions
If your crashed app has developed a fault of some sort then you can try to repair it by removing the systems preference .plist file for the mischievous app. Once you have done that hopefully your apps will work as normal.

If you fancy getting a bit technical and giving this option a go then please follows these steps on how to repair Mac permissions…

1.) Go to User/library/preferences
2.) Browse the list until you locate the .plist file for the crashed Mac application.
3.) Next click on the correct .plist to highlight it then drag it over to the TrashCan in your Mac dock.
4.) Go ahead and empty the Mac Trash properly to delete any trace of the file.
5.) Now restart the app – fingers crossed any code errors will be removed.

 

My Mac App is ‘Still’ Crashing!

If for some odd reason the rescue missions above have not jolted your Mac app into business then the last step (albeit a little radical) is to delete the app entirely and download and new copy from a reliable source.

Note: An application has to be uninstalled and removed properly of you wish to download it again. Unfortunately this is not as simple as pulling the app into the Trashcan. The most reliable way is to use a Mac uninstaller software. For more information please see our page on ‘How to Uninstall on Mac’.

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips – Part 3

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips – Part 1

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips – Part 2

If your beloved Mac computer is currently running slow, freezing and generally being a nuisance, look no further. Here we have covered some general Mac troubleshooting tips that can get your computer out of that sticky spot of bother and running like new again!

 

Turn off Mac Screen Savers

Funky screen savers are great but not if they could be causing your Mac to run slow. Screen savers can actually cause conflicts within your computer making it play up, particularly if you have downloaded it from a third party website or an unreliable source. Theoretically you should not have any issues using a pre installed Apple screen saver as they have be designed to be seamlessly compatible with your Mac.

How to change Mac screensaver

How to Turn Off Screen Saver on Mac

If you suspect that your screensaver is causing more trouble than it is worth, simply delete it or change it by going Apple menu > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and make the necessary changes here.

If you found the screensaver instructions above a little too rushed, please see our article ‘How to Change Mac Screen Saver’ for easy breezy step-by-step tips.

 

Check Mac Start Up (Login) Items

Mac Start-Up (also known as Login items) can be great if you have a concrete routine every morning as it saves you that little bit of time opening up apps individually. However, making your Mac wake up its internals and battle to open up several apps simultaneously can cause conflicts, making it running frustrating slow.

mac trouble shooting

If you believe that your Mac Start-Up Items are upsetting your groggy Mac, then simple disable the apps from opening during the booting up of your computer. Just follow Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups and select the Start Up or Login tab to edit the demands.

 

Check Mac Permissions

If you or other users are experiencing problems when trying to open up an item or app, it could be down how your permissions are set. For example, the main admin user of the Mac (usually the admin user is first account that was ever created on the Mac) has the ability to restrict the movements of other users. There may be a permission on the unresponsive item that was accidentally set in your permissions and is effecting the way you or another user account can work on it. I suggest you go an take a quick look at the set permissions and see if there is an unwanted restriction in place.

trouble shooting on mac

 

How to Check Permissions on Mac

1.) Select the item in the Finder (the item may be a text document, a file or app etc)
2.) Click on the ‘File’ tab from the Finder toolbar
3.) Scroll through the drop down menu to the ‘Get info’ option.
4.) At the bottom is a category called ‘Sharing & Permissions’. Here you will be able to set and lift any restrictions or permissions to allow other users, or yourself to read, write or have no access to the item in question.

 

Check for Mac Viruses

Due to Apple machines being so irresistible and popular unfortunately there are hundreds of thousand of breeding Mac targeted bugs and viruses buzzing about the internet. If your Mac is running uncharacteristically slow it may have been struck down by a hungry virus. Not to worry, there are some great Mac softwares such as award winning MacKeeper, Norton for Mac and Kaspersky for Mac that can help eradicated the virus and restore damaged files.

Sophos Antivirus

If you are interested in safeguarding your Mac from evil bugs, check out ‘Compare the Best Mac Anti virus softwares!’

 

Mac Cleaner

If you have exhausted the Mac troubleshooting options above and your Mac is still devilishly slow or playing up, then a spot of spring cleaning should do the trick!

Specialist Mac Cleaning softwares like MacKeeper and CleanMyMac can free up potentially gigabytes of disk space from old, unwanted and duplicate files, as well polishing up your Macs insides as go as new with their impressive array of Mac maintenance tools.

I personally clean my Mac out every few months to get that signature snappy Apple Mac speed back again.

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips – Part 2

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips Part 1

If your Mac is playing up and causing you a bit of grief, try these simple Mac troubleshooting tips to get it back up and running with no hiccups.

 

Check Network Settings

If you are suffering from frustrating network or internet connections try these few steps…

Mac OS X Troubleshooting Tips

a.) Click on your airport symbol from your toolbar and turn it off and then back on again. Sounds silly but I have to forever do this on my old MacBook to keep it connected to the Wi-Fi.

b.) Check your networking settings in System preferences. Sometime when you make even a subtle change to one item it can have an adverse effect on a element in your settings. Just make sure everything is as it should be and nothing has shiftily switched options behind your back.

Tip: If possible, lock your preferred settings once you have applied them by clicking on the padlock icon in the network preference window.

c.) Make sure your internet provider is not down, the problem may lie with them not your computer.

 

Force Quit Naughty Apps

If a Mac app is being stubborn and has frozen and ignoring every action you make, the obvious choice to fix this problem is to ‘force quit’ the app.

Force quitting an app on Mac is very easy…

1.) Using your cursor click on your Apple menu (the mini apple icon on the far left of your toolbar)

2.) Select ‘Force Quit’.

Troubleshooting on Mac

3.) A little window will pop up displaying all of your opened apps. For now just select the app that you are having issues with and tap the blue ‘Force Quit’ button.

Ideally that should have done the trick and you can go ahead and reopen the app back up and resume as normal. However if your Mac is still running slow you could try and force quit all the open apps and give your Mac a break for a few minutes.

What if I have Unsaved Work?

Force quitting Mac apps does not harm the application or your computer, however you may lose unsaved work.

If for example you are in the middle of writing an important document but unfortunately did not save it before the app started acting up, you could…

a.) Attempt to copy the text, ready to paste it into a new document later (that is if the app will allow this action to take place).

b.) Take a screenshot of the document so you don’t have to reply solely on your memory to rewrite out the document.

c.) Give the computer 10 minutes breathing space without touching any keys or moving your mouse. Your screen my become unstuck by itself in a few minutes.

 

Eject External Devices

Sometimes external devices such as USB pen drives or installed DVDs can cause your Mac to run slow. Try ejecting any external devices and see if that helps.

Mac Troubleshooting

Note: If you can, always eject external devices correctly by dragging and dropping their icon into the trash, or for DVDs press the eject key on your Macs keyboard. Don’t just yank the external device out as that can cause more problems.

Secret tip: If you are fretting that your Mac has swallowed up a DVD for good as it is not registering it in your finder and refusing to spit it out when you press your eject key or trash the DVD icon, then give this tip a go… You can eject a disk by pressing the mouse button or Trackpad key when the Mac chimes are heard during the booting up process.