Give Your Mac A Good Scrubbing

When you purchase a Mac, you are making the right decision.  Are there other computers that you could buy that do the same as a Mac, but for half the price? Sure there are, but a wise woman once told me, “You get what you pay for”.  Spending a little extra money could mean 5-10 more years of computer life.  Regardless of how powerful your Mac is, you still need to keep it well maintained and clean.  Here are my recommendations:

  1. Keep your desktop clean:  When you startup your computer, it has to load certain applications and everything that is on your desktop.  The more folders, videos, pictures, etc. that you have, the longer it will take to load.  My suggestion is to clear as much off your desktop as you can.  You can either store the files in folders or upload all your documents to an external hard drive that you have connected to your computer or upload the documents to online storage (Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox).
  2. Minimize Dock Applications:  The dock is a very useful tool and essential to the Mac user.  The dock is used for quick access to applications that you frequently used, but can the computer user overload?  The answer is yes.  On the dock is also the applications folder where all your programs are stored.  The user can simply access the applications folder for the majority of their applications.  The most a user should have on their dock is 10 or less applications.
  3. How to delete hidden files:  Believe it or not, there are files on your computer that the user does not see.  When you download a file or install an application, it installs files throughout your computer.  Most users think that when they delete an application from their computer, it deletes all the files, YOU ARE WRONG!!  There are still files that are lingering around and taking up space.  How do you solve this?  A popular and free program called AVG Cleaner can clean your cache files, downloads, hidden files and much more.  Cleaning your computer at least every 2 weeks will gain you space and ensure there are no unnecessary files.
  4. Install AntiVirus Software:  Everyone knows and has heard that the chances of a Windows computer receiving a virus is more likely than a Mac.  With that being said, you should still have antivirus software installed.  With your network and the amount of programs you download, today anything could cause a virus.  My recommendation is to install AVG Antivirus which can be downloaded for free.  This software will continuously run and you can randomly scan your computer for viruses.  It’s better to be protected now instead of feeling sorry later.

So, with all of these recommendations, you might ask yourself, why buy a Mac if your not going to use it for its full potential?  The fact is, a computer is just like a human, you have to take care of it from the beginning.  When you first get your computer, sure you can download a bunch of applications and place all your favorite programs on the dock and keep files on your desktop.  But a few months down the road when you start noticing the computer moving slow and applications taking a long time to open, it will take you a lot longer to fix the problem.  The Mac is very useful and has a lot of potential, but taking care of it will prolong its life.  If you have any questions, please message me.

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