A recent customer reported that their Macbook, though only a few years old, was starting to run slow and had some programs installed that they could not remove. Although, historically, the Mac has been better at not getting virus infections, malware infestations and nuisance adware type programs, that has changed recently. OSX is completely capable of getting infected either by a virus, malware, proxy redirect or just about any other issue a PC user would face.
In this case, it was only a program called MacKeeper. MacKeeper was installed intentionally but because a nuisance with pop-ups and constant alerts slowing down the computer and interrupting normal use. The user was unable to uninstall it and remove it from the computer. We were able shut down the program and get all signs of it removed along with a couple of other unnecessary programs.
While working on the laptop we let the user know that only a small amount of RAM was installed and that was a major source of their slowdown. We upgraded their ram to 8GB from 2GB and the laptop was working better than ever and had plenty of RAM to ensure that several programs and browser tabs running at the same time wouldn’t slow it down, any more.
If your Mac is being slowed down by unwanted programs that start up when you boot or you would just like it to be cleaned up give us a call. While we do the clean-up and optimization we can check the hardware to see if anything can be upgraded or needs to be replaced to make it run, even better.
This Mac Mini was a couple of years old and was due for some upgrades. It was working OK, but was bogging down on videos and some common tasks. We took a look and noticed that the RAM was low for today’s standards and also we could gain a large speed boost by upgrading the hard drive to a new SSD drive.
We upgraded the RAM to 8GB of DDR3 laptop style memory and cloned the hard drive over to a new 500 GB solid state drive. While the original computer came with 4GB of RAM it’s a little low for today’s computing needs. 8GB of RAM is quickly becoming the standard for modern computers and that’s what this user needed to ensure that the computer wouldn’t be slowed down by running out of RAM when editing large files in Photoshop or even browsing the web with multiple tabs open at the same time.
The new SSD hard drive is what gives this Mac Mini it’s biggest speed boost. Removing the old and slow mechanical drive and replacing it with a solid state hard drive makes this Mac Mini faster than it was when it was brand new. It also reduces heat and fan noise which can be a concern on these older Mac Mini computers.
If you have a Mac, either old or new, it can probably be upgraded to make it faster or add years to an aging machine. This can save you the cost of replacing an expensive computer.
This user was getting a new Dell PC but wanted to keep their previous PC as a backup and 2nd computer for the home. We were able to physically clean the years of dirt and dust from inside and the bloated software running on the computer to make it run better than it had in years. We also added more RAM to speed things up even more.
If you are upgrading to a new computer you may still have some life left in your old computer! Call us at 828.290.9092 to setup a time to have yours cleaned up.