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Z_B-B Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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Jun 22, 2013 12:33 PM

Hello,

 

 

I am looking for a good and free software that does Optimisation to the computer -

 

 

Thank you!!

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    Mountain Lion has built in maintenance scripts that are run daily, weekly, monthly without you needing to be involved. There is not the need to defrag or other optimisation, in fact some of these programs can cause performance to deteriorate.

     

    OnyX is a free tool that is a front end for some of the many built in functions. It should only be used sparingly and with due care.  Make sure you have a backup of your system before using any such tools.

     

    http://www.titanium.free.fr

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,045 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    That's not necessary on a Mac. The Mac OS X takes care of maintenance for you in the background.

     

    A word to the wise. Any third party so called optimization / cleaning / maintenance software for Mac can cause more harm than good.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,470 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 1:31 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    How to maintain a Mac

     

    1. Make redundant backups, keeping at least one off site at all times. One backup is not enough. Don’t back up your backups; make them independent of each other. Don’t rely completely on any single backup method, such as Time Machine. If you get an indication that a backup has failed, don't ignore it.

     

    2. Keep your software up to date. In the Software Update preference pane, you can configure automatic notifications of updates to OS X and other Mac App Store products. Some third-party applications from other sources have a similar feature, if you don’t mind letting them phone home. Otherwise you have to check yourself on a regular basis. This is especially important for complex software that modifies the operating system, such as device drivers. Before installing any Apple update, you must check that all such modifications that you use are compatible.

     

    3. Don't install crapware, such as “themes,” "haxies," “add-ons,” “toolbars,” “enhancers," “optimizers,” “accelerators,” "boosters," “extenders,” “cleaners,” "doctors," "tune-ups," “defragmenters,” “firewalls,” "barriers," “guardians,” “defenders,” “protectors,” most “plugins,” commercial "virus scanners,” "disk tools," or "utilities." With very few exceptions, this stuff is useless, or worse than useless.

     

    The more actively promoted the product, the more likely it is to be garbage. The most extreme example is the “MacKeeper” scam.

     

    As a rule, the only software you should install is that which directly enables you to do the things you use a computer for — such as creating, communicating, and playing — and does not modify the way other software works. Use your computer; don't fuss with it.

     

    Never install any third-party software unless you know how to uninstall it. Otherwise you may create problems that are very hard to solve.

     

    The free anti-malware application ClamXav is not crap, and although it’s not routinely needed, it may be useful in some environments, such as a mixed Mac-Windows enterprise network.

     

    4. Beware of trojans. A trojan is malicious software (“malware”) that the user is duped into installing voluntarily. Such attacks were rare on the Mac platform until sometime in 2011, but are now increasingly common, and increasingly dangerous.

     

    There is some built-in protection against downloading malware, but you can’t rely on it — the attackers are always at least one day ahead of the defense. You can’t rely on third-party protection either. What you can rely on is common-sense awareness — not paranoia, which only makes you more vulnerable.

     

    Never install software from an untrustworthy or unknown source. If in doubt, do some research. Any website that prompts you to install a “codec” or “plugin” that comes from the same site, or an unknown site, is untrustworthy. Software with a corporate brand, such as Adobe Flash Player, must be acquired directly from the developer. No intermediary is acceptable, and don’t trust links unless you know how to parse them. Any file that is automatically downloaded from a web page without your having requested it should go straight into the Trash. A website that claims you have a “virus,” or that anything else is wrong with your computer, is rogue.

     

    In OS X 10.7.5 or later, downloaded applications and Installer packages that have not been digitally signed by a developer registered with Apple are blocked from loading by default. The block can be overridden, but think carefully before you do so.

     

    Because of recurring security issues in Java, it’s best to disable it in your web browsers, if it’s installed. Few websites have Java content nowadays, so you won’t be missing much. This action is mandatory if you’re running any version of OS X older than 10.6.8 with the latest Java update. Note: Java has nothing to do with JavaScript, despite the similar names. Don't install Java unless you're sure you need it. Most people don't.

     

    5. Don't fill up your boot volume. A common mistake is adding more and more large files to your home folder until you start to get warnings that you're out of space, which may be followed in short order by a boot failure. This is more prone to happen on the newer Macs that come with an internal SSD instead of the traditional hard drive. The drive can be very nearly full before you become aware of the problem. While it's not true that you should or must keep any particular percentage of space free, you should monitor your storage consumption and make sure you're not in immediate danger of using it up. According to Apple documentation, you need at least 9 GB of free space on the startup volume for normal operation.

     

    If storage space is running low, use a tool such as the free application OmniDiskSweeper to explore your volume and find out what's taking up the most space. Move rarely-used large files to secondary storage.

     

    6. Relax, don’t do it. Besides the above, no routine maintenance is necessary or beneficial for the vast majority of users; specifically not “cleaning caches,” “zapping the PRAM,” "resetting the SMC," “rebuilding the directory,” "defragmenting the drive," “running periodic scripts,” “dumping logs,” "deleting temp files," “scanning for viruses,” "purging memory," "checking for bad blocks," "testing the hardware," or “repairing permissions.” Such measures are either completely pointless or are useful only for solving problems, not for prevention.

     

    The very height of futility is running an expensive third-party application called “Disk Warrior” when nothing is wrong, or even when something is wrong and you have backups, which you must have. Disk Warrior is a data-salvage tool, not a maintenance tool, and you will never need it if your backups are adequate. Don’t waste money on it or anything like it.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,045 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    Z_B-B wrote:

     

    I am looking for a good and free software that does Optimisation to the computer -

     

    Why?

     

    If you want to waste time maintaining a computer buy a Windows PC. The Mac needs no such pampering. Use it when you need it, ignore it when you don't.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 2:44 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    I believe she already gave you the answer. Can do more harm than good. No need to waste any money on it, even though it would seem to be judged the best at what it does by all the user opinions I have read.

     

    If you start having issues there are almost always always free alternatives available.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 3:03 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    There is very little free software that can optimize a Mac's performance.

     

    CCleaner is designed mainly for after adult content surfing cleaning. Free.

     

    OnyX has cache cleaning abilities that is good if your having a problem with the caches being corrupted which can make the machine act slow or problematic. But otherwise isn't really a optitimization otherwise. It's also Free.

     

    To optimize your machine you have to understand how it works, what can cause it to be slow and what you can and cannot do with it.

     

    Why is my computer slow?

     

    Sometimes it's a problem with the machine itself

     

    ..Step by Step to fix your Mac

     

    If all the above are satisfied, then perhaps a reduction in files and very good defrag is in order

     

    How to safely defrag a Mac's hard drive

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to Z_B-B)

    If you want a free software utility that performs optimization and cleaning routines, then get OnyX: http://www.titanium.free.fr/downloadonyx.php

     

    This isnt an endorsement of its necessity, but it is a free option that does some of what you are asking.

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