Clean up your Mac with MacKeeper
If you have had your Mac for some time, you may have noticed that it is slower than it used to be. Why is it that computers slow down as they get older? One reason is file clutter, which is junk files filling the disk. Another reason is too many startup items that load unnecessary apps into the background.
There are apps you no longer use, but take up space on the disk. There is the possibility (a small one because this is a Mac after all) of spyware and other types of malware, and there are maintenance tasks that never seem to get done.
If you have an old Mac then you need to restore that lost performance and get your computer back to the way it was when you bought it. If you have a new Mac then you need to keep it in tip top condition and running at peak performance. Don't let things slip. Whether your Mac is old or new, MacKeeper can help.
MacKeeper is a multifunction toolkit that enables you to perform many essential maintenance tasks and keep your Mac running smoothly. It protects it, eliminates clutter on the hard disk drive, cleans up unnecessary files, keeps you apps up to date, and much more.
All the functions you need are in the left-hand panel and if Fast Cleanup is selected you have access to four different cleanup functions. They can all be run together or they can be run separately using the toggle switches by the side of the icons.
Binaries Cutter and Languages Cutter removes the parts of applications that you don't need, such as foreign languages and this can reduce their size.
OS X and applications like Safari cache information and Cache Cleaner will empty them. This can sometimes cure obscure problems and starting with a clean slate can be beneficial in the long term. Many activities are logged (recorded) by OS X, but do you ever access the logs? Most people don't and they end up clutting the disk drive. Logs Cleaner will remove them and free up space.
Software Update does a good job of keeping OS X up to date and Apple apps like iPhoto, iCal and so on are also kept up to date too. What about all the non-Apple apps? No doubt you have lots of apps on your Mac, but are they up to date? It would be an arduous task to check each one and see if there is a newer updated version available.
MacKeeper automates this and all you need to do is to click Update Tracker in the left pane and it lists all the apps, the current version number and the latest version that is available for download. Colour-coded blobs next to the apps enables you to instantly see which ones are up to date and the ones that are outdated. You can select any app in the list and update it or you can update them all with one click. It's a really useful feature.
When a file on the desktop or a Finder window is double clicked, OS X looks up which app is associated with it, starts the app and opens the file. Double clicking a .txt file for example, will open it in TextEdit. Sometimes though, the file opens in the wrong app. Well, not the wrong app, just not the app you want to open it with. The problem is that apps can steal the association when they are installed. For example, you might want to always open .jpg photos in Preview, but they open in Photoshop or something else.
MacKeeper lets you easily change the app associated with a file type to the one you want. Click Default Apps in the left pane and a long list of file extensions is displayed. The application associated with each one is shown and clicking one displays a list of apps that can handle it. You can choose another app to handle the extension and then double clicking the file always opens it in that app.
If you have a MacBook Air or an old Mac then you'll be running short of disk space. Both Airs and old Macs have quite small hard disk drives and they soon fill up. Macs don't run well when there is hardly any disk space left and you should delete unwanted or unnecessary files to clear some space, but what is using up all the disk space?
Select Disk Usage in the left pane and MacKeeper displays a list of folders and the amount of space used by each one. You can click a folder to open it and display the files and subfolders, click those and so on. So you can drill down and see the biggest file space hogs. You can then delete them if they aren't needed, or having identified them, move them onto a USB disk drive if they aren't frequently accessed.
I have looked at just a few of the functions of MacKeeper here and if you look at the left panel in the screen shots you'll see that there are many more. There just isn't the space here to cover everything! This is a great app. OK I'm an affiliate and you might think I'm biased, but I only recommend good apps and wouldn't wish a bad one on anyone. I like this and think you will too.
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