5 Efficient Steps To Give Your Mac “911″ Care with MacKeeper + License Giveaway

It’s hard to imagine an average Mac user that wouldn’t want to keep their Mac in top shape. As most Mac users, I’m always on the lookout for new apps, and I must say that a great number of Mac maintenance apps are available on the market today. All of these apps promise to keep a Mac clean, healthy and protected, and sometimes it’s hard to choose a decent piece of software among them.

Today I’ll tell you about MacKeeper – an all-in-one system utility that acts like a 911 for a Mac, as stated on their website. If you are confused with abundance of Mac apps and cannot make up your mind on which one to choose, MacKeeper would be a perfect solution.

This app unites more than 16 different tools and utilities that would come in handy for your Mac both in daily and critical situations. By the way, you have an opportunity to get MacKeeper for free here at WebTabLab as we offer a license giveaway!

So let’s see how to take care of your Mac with MacKeeper, step by step.

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1. Run a Cleanup Routine

It’s impossible to do any tasks on your Mac when it’s full of junk, as exactly junk files can make your Mac run slow and bring its performance down. If you feel your Mac has these symptoms, then time has come to do some cleanup with MacKeeper’s Cleaning set of tools.

It’s better to start the cleanup with removing the files you won’t ever need. These are temporary files such as caches and logs, interface languages, duplicate files and so on. MacKeeper’s Fast Cleanup is a mini set of utilities that will easily release your Mac’s hard drive from this junk. Fast Cleanup is a completely safe tool that enables you to remove junk and forget about it right away. However, there are still some precautions that I’ll describe a bit later.

To open the tool, click either Run Fast Cleanup on MacKeeper’s Status page or Fast Cleanup on MacKeeper’s Navigation bar.

You will see the four cleaners – Binaries Cutter, Cache Cleaner, Languages Cutter and Logs Cleaner. All of them are enabled by default, but you can easily turn off those you don’t need. If you leave them enabled and click Start Scan, Fast Cleanup will scan your Mac for binaries (parts of apps not suitable for your Mac’s architecture), cache files, log files and language files (interface localizations you may not need).

As you see, Fast Cleanup found 1.2 GB of junk on my Mac. By clicking Remove All I disposed of these files once and for all.

Be careful with Binaries Cutter if you use such programs as Adobe Photoshop or MS Word, as they need parts for both Intel and PowerPC architectures and may become corrupt once their binaries are removed. To prevent this from happening, go to the Binaries Cutter Preferences (click MacKeeper, Preferences while on Binaries Cutter page) and specify the folders where you’d like to search for binary files.

Your cleanup routine can end with Fast Cleanup, but MacKeeper offers more options to free up even more space. For example, you can see which files take up most space on your Mac with the Disk Usage tool…

…or search for useless file copies with the Duplicates Finder tool.

However, be careful when removing the file copies with Duplicates Finder if you are an active user of the iTunes library. The reason is that when you add files to this library, they are added as copies of the original music. Therefore, these music files can be treated as duplicates because they may take gigabytes of space. As with Binaries Cutter, you can go to Preferences and set up your iTunes library to be ignored by Duplicates Finder.

Finally, you can uninstall the apps you don’t use with MacKeeper’s Wise Uninstaller tool. Yes, that’s right – to be completely removed from your Mac your apps should be properly uninstalled. Trashing is not sufficient here, as almost every Mac app has got a handful of additional files left on the hard drive after trashing. Sometimes these additional files can even take more space than the core component, so it’s always better to use the uninstaller. Here’s how it works in MacKeeper.

To open the tool, click Wise Uninstaller on the navigation bar. You will see a clear picture of all your applications, widgets, preference panes and plugins in the convenient Column view, similar to that of Finder. Better not switch to the List view – I didn’t like it at all. When you click any element in the Column view, it will be expanded and you will see all of its components, nicely arranged before your eyes. Just click the checkbox near the element, and all components will be automatically selected, ready for removal.

As you see, MacKeeper offers quite an amount of opportunities to clean up your Mac’s hard drive. But now let’s proceed to the next step in our “911” maintenance package.

2. Keep your Apps Up to Date

For the sake of security it’s recommended not to ignore updates for Mac apps. But still it may be annoying to update each app manually and enter passwords all the time, as not all of them are powered by Apple Update. In such cases, MacKeeper’s Update Tracker is a perfect solution, as it collects updates for all your apps in one place, marking the outdated ones with red.

To update your apps, click either Run Update Tracker at MacKeeper’s Status page or Update Tracker on MacKeeper’s navigation bar, and then click Update All. For apps you want to be updated upfront, use the Favorite list, and for those you want to ignore – the Blacklist. That’s how easy your apps are updated with MacKeeper.

3. Protect Important Data

Now that your Mac is clean and fast, it’s time to protect data stored on its hard drive. There are two main data security issues – unintentional loss and unauthorized access. Let’s find out how to solve these issues with MacKeeper.

All of us have files we want to hide from others, and the most reliable way to do so is encrypt this data. MacKeeper’s Data Encryptor tool uses complex encryption algorithms to hide your data, and MacKeeper’s interface makes this process quite easy.

1. On MacKeeper’s navigation bar, click Data Encryptor to open the tool.

2. Setup the password that will be used to access the tool.

3. Drag and drop the files you’d like to encrypt and choose the encryption algorithm – either AES-128 or AES-256. Set up another password that will be used to access these files.

4. Click the image of an open lock to hide the files.

5. To unencrypt the files, “open” the lock with the password you created to access the files and then remove the files from Data Encryptor.

Another way to protect your data is to make it foolproof. Losing important files can be a nightmare for most Mac users, so it’s better to be armed with a decent data recovery tool like MacKeeper’s Undelete. This tool is able to recover deleted files on your Mac even after they have been trashed. To restore your lost files:

1. On MacKeeper’s navigation bar, click Undelete.

2. Choose the drive where you lost your files. It can be an external drive as well.

3. Click Start Scan. MacKeeper will perform a deep scan of the drive searching for files that can still be rescued.

4. Use the filters to locate your lost file. You can also preview it with Quick Look.

5. Click Recover – and MacKeeper will collect the parts of your file and put them back together again.

That’s how you can protect your data with MacKeeper. Let’s move on and see a couple of other ways to protect your Mac.

4. Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and your Mac – from Physical Theft

Surfing the Internet is not only a pleasant but also a dangerous experience as nowadays a lot of threats can lurk into your computer from online. Viruses, spyware, identity thefts, phishing attacks – you name it. Many computer users choose Mac OS X for its security, but malware for Mac OS X exists as well, and recently some new viruses have appeared. Therefore you can make your Mac OS X even more secure with MacKeeper Antivirus.

You have to install MacKeeper Antivirus in order to use it. Be aware that you won’t be able to install it if you have an old PowerPC Mac or another antivirus already installed. You can install the antivirus by clicking Install either at the Status page under the “Antivirus is not installed” and “Recommended action” alerts, or directly at the Antivirus page.

MacKeeper Antivirus offers the following options:

1. Real-time protection: “catching” the viruses before they get to your Mac. It works great on my Mac, though in some cases it can slow down the system, so the developers recommend turning it off if more performance is needed.

2. Virus scans: MacKeeper Antivirus can scan the home, System, Library and Applications folders or individual folders specified by the user.

3. Automatic updates: MacKeeper Antivirus automatically updates the virus databases to keep the latest threats away from your Mac.

4. Scheduling: You can set up automatic virus scans at specific time intervals.

The last but not least step in Mac protection is to secure the computer itself against theft. Anything can happen in this life, so being armed against thieves won’t hurt. If you hold your Mac dear, then MacKeeper’s Anti-Theft is a must-have for you. It also should be installed from the Status page.

Anti-Theft’s working principle is as follows.

1. If your Mac gets stolen, you should go to your online ZeoBIT account from any other computer and click Anti-Theft there.

2. Click Computer was stolen.

3. As soon as your Mac goes online, Anti-Theft will generate a report on its location and even make a thief snapshot if your Mac has iSight. The report and the snapshot will be emailed to you.

4. Finally, a customer support representative will call you right away, even at night, giving detailed guidelines on how to return your Mac. In case they cannot reach you, the instructions will be emailed to you.

You can also find all of the above instructions on MacKeeper’s Anti-Theft page.

5. Get Expert Help

It is perfect when you have an Apple tech support center not far from your home or a geeky friend around that would help you solve any Mac issue. But what if you need help in the nearest future and without leaving your home? MacKeeper offers exactly such help called Geek on Demand. Should you have ANY issue related to your Mac, do the following:

1. On MacKeeper navigation bar, click Schedule Demand.

2. Click New Demand.

3. Enter the title of your issue, for example, “Problems with WiFi”, in the Title field.

4. Describe your issue in detail in the Description field.

5. Leave your phone number in case an expert might need to call you.

6. Click Save and then wait for an expert to get back to you via email. The maximum waiting time is 48 hours, but my issue was solved earlier than that.

License Giveaway Participation Rules

You just checked that how you can give your Mac 911 care with just one app. Want to get MacKeeper for free?

Then participate in our license giveaway! We’ve got 3 free licenses. To become a winner, you just have to do following things mentioned below which will not take more than a minute of yours.

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12 Comments

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