many thanks. I take your words seriously and will start working in that direction. I downloaded MacKeeper only because I read some good reviews. What about CleanMyMac?
FYI, I am not an expert and don't want to be. I'm just an old guy trying to finish a book I've been working on for four years, therefore my heavy investment in Word. After this experience, I'm seriously thinking of switching to Scrivener but I'm worried about losing files and data in the process. I got the MBP only because my MacAir got trashed by a leaking water bottle on a recent trip. It's now a paperweight. I have high hopes for the MBP once I can get it under control.
It appears that I have many more hours of work ahead of me.
Loc: Alexandria, VA
I downloaded MacKeeper only because I read some good reviews. What about CleanMyMac?
In my experience OS X really doesn't need any maintenance apps like the older systems used to -- it has built-in utility routines that take care of the important stuff. The absolute worst I've had to do with my systems is run a safe boot now and again to make sure those routines have run. Honestly (as you're finding out right now) third-party gack usually are *far* more trouble than they're worth ...
Sigh. Like we all said, you don't need any of that.
Do a Google search using MacKeeper complaints or MacKeeper problems, you'll see others say the same thing.
Glad to help, but just don't use any of those automatic "optimizers" anymore, you don't need them. I recommend only using Font Finagler to clear font caches if fonts start looking odd, and if you want get Lion Cache Cleaner (works with Leopard, Snow Leopard) to clear system/user caches once every few months. You really don't need to use any of the other features of LCC other than clearing caches. Font Finagler is free for up to something like 35 uses, and LCC is donation ware if you find it useful. All of the features of LCC are able to be done for free from Terminal, and for clearing font caches if you hold down the Shift key at startup the computer will go to "Safe Boot" mode, one of the features of that is clearing font caches. After it boots up reboot again normally.
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