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Get Rid of Adware With Free Malwarebytes

Although we still don’t have viruses on the Mac platform there are other nasties which can be acquired by simply clicking on the wrong website!Fortunately there is good free anti-malware software called Malwarebytes which locates and cleans your computer. Run it then install a free antivirus checker called Avast. This page explains how:http://www.mrmacintosh.com.au/how-to/50-using-applications/103-clam-xav-virus-checker.html Go to https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/ and download and drag the app into …

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Get Better iPhone Battery Life

The achilles heel of the ever smaller form factor of iPhones is the battery. Storage of electricity has lagged behind the rest of mobile technology – we are waiting the big breakthrough that will mean all-week battery life: dream on! By default everything is turned on when you get a new iPhone and set it up. Locations awareness, notifications, apps …

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Rid Yourself of the Online Advertising Plague

It’s getting worse! Pop-up ads, ads scrolling across the screen, ads sliding in from the side – adverts everywhere. The purveyors of internet advertising are getting more adept at getting their wares in front of us despite our attempts to keep them at bay. This you may already have noticed…   There are two fairly simple measures you can take …

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Using Onyx to Tune Up Your Mac

Giving your trusty Mac a monthly or bi-monthly tune up is a good idea. If you combine this with a virus check (see http://www.mrmacintosh.com.au/how-to-/48-bits-and-pieces-of-useful-information/91-chercking-for-viruses.html) and perform both procedures together you are giving your Mac a good chance of a long and happy life. First download and install Onyx from https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html You will need to get the version to suit the …

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Checking for Viruses with Avast free Anti-Virus

Avast is a free virus scanner. It will ask you to buy ‘extra security’ or a VPN but this isn’t obligatory and isn’t necessary. Although we still don’t have any actual viruses on the Mac there is the occasional nasty out there and you might also have PC viruses in files that you can inadvertently send to a Windows user… It …

Changing Your Account Password When You’ve Forgotten It!

For 10.6 and earlier: Locate the disks that came with the computer when you bought it. They are usually grey and the one you want will say something like “Mac OS X Install Disk 1” or similar. Pop it in the disk drive and restart the computer by going to the Apple menu on the top left of the screen …

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Parental Controls

As the internet is a sort of unlimited library containing all information to be accessed by everyone — in contrast to the previous century’s paradigm of information being difficult to locate — it follows that everything can be found if you search for it. That includes less savoury information such as pornography and other material unsuitable for children (and adults!). …

Taking a Screen Shot

There are 3 ways to take a Screen Shot, that is taking a picture of all or part of what is visible on screen and they all use the keyboard, Key Commands. 1. Capturing the Entire Screen: hold down the keys Command+Shift and then while holding them hit 3.A picture of the entire visible screen will be captured and saved …

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Right-Clicking Explained

Macs have had a Right-Click option for ages but it’s always been hidden and is to this day! If you have a recent iMac with a scrolling mouse or a Magic Mouse or Magic Mouse then Right-Click is available on these and any other 2-button USB mouse that is plugged into your Mac. To switch it on look in System …