Mac Tune-up: D.I.Y.

A little more than a year ago I typed up a DIY for PC Users on how to tune-up your PC. It still applies today, even on Windows Vista and Windows 7! But what about the Mac.

I was recently contacted about a Mac running slow. Made me think that maybe I should do a quick DIY Tune-up guide for the Mac. If you have an hour, this is all super easy stuff that will make your Mac run better. Ready? Let’s do this!

  1. Empty the trash
  2. Go into your Applications Folder and remove any apps that you are no longer using by dragging it into the trash. If you aren’t sure about an app, leave it alone! If you want to make sure the app is completely uninstalled check this out.
  3. Empty the trash again
  4. Open System Preferences –> Accounts. Click on Login Items button and remove everything there except the iTunes helper service. No, you don’t need any of that.
  5. Restart
  6. If you are using Safari, start it up, click Safari in the menu bar and choose Empty Cache and click Empty
  7. Quit Safari and start it again

That should have you running pretty good. Finally, one more bit of maintenance that you should do.

  1. Go to Applications –> Utilities –>Disk Utility
  2. Select your main hard drive. At the bottom click the Verify button. This will take a few minutes
  3. If you get errors, click the Repair button
  4. Restart one more time

Now would also be a great time to check the status of your backup to make sure everything is running as it should. You are backing up, right? With Time Machine or Super Duper to an external drive or Carbonite to the internet? Say both and you get a gold star for the day!

Questions? You know what to do!

By Don

Lead bottle washer at, host at and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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