iMac Getting Slower and Slower – Solution

Another computer problem on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. This one deals with a Macintosh computer. Here is the question quoted verbatim.

My iMac has been getting slower and slower. How can I clean it up so it runs faster again?

This individual was using Macintosh operating system macOS Mojave 10.14.3. The solution was actually quite simple. You can download and install the free version of Ccleaner.

Perform a “Cleaner” session with that software. You can download and install the free version of Ccleaner. Perform a “Cleaner” session with that software.

Ccleaner supports the following Macintosh operating systems:

  • Macintosh operating system 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Macintosh operating system 10.7 Lion
  • Macintosh operating system 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Macintosh operating system 10.9 Mavericks
  • Macintosh operating system 10.10 Yosemite
  • Macintosh operating system 10.11 El Capitan
  • Macintosh operating system 10.12 Sierra
  • Macintosh operating system 10.13 High Sierra
  • Macintosh operating system 10.14 Mojave
  • Macintosh operating system 10.15 Catalina

You will most likely be asked for your Macintosh administrator password when installing Ccleaner. To run a cleaner session, you click on the “Cleaner” tab on the left. Then choose “Run Cleaner”.

The first time you run a Cleaner session, it may take quite awhile. You can be patient and allow the cleaner scan to finish. Also, as an added tip, you can run multiple cleaner sessions until Ccleaner no longer finds any objects or keeps finding the same objects that cannot be removed.

For my computer repair customers I used to run 3 cleaner sessions in a row. If your Macintosh is extremely slow and or you are having difficulties installing Ccleaner, you can boot your Macintosh computer into safe mode. In order to boot into safe mode, you either turn on or restart your Macintosh computer.

Then immediately press and keep holding the Shift key on your Macintosh computer until you see the login window. The term “Safe Boot” should appear in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Now log into your Macintosh computer per usual.

You can then try to install Ccleaner and or run a cleaner session. Macintosh computers are not perfect contrary to what the Macintosh fan boys and girls tell you. Just like many operating systems, Macintosh computers accumulate junk files.

Also known as cache, internet cache, temporary internet files, cookies, etc. You may want to periodically run a Ccleaner cleaner scan as part of your routine Macintosh computer maintenance. This solution has helped quite a few individuals solve their iMac getting slower and slower problem.

These instructions were written for an Apple Macintosh iMac with Macintosh operating system macOS Mojave 10.14.3 installed. However, you could certainly use this solution for other Macintosh computer hardware with other Macintosh operating systems newer then 10.6 Snow Leopard.

iMac Getting Slower and Slower Solution – Video Transcript

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another computer problemo this one deals
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with
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a mac and crap i mean a macintosh
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computer
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very slow slow
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well i thought macintosh computers were
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just lightning fast oh that’s right
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they’re computers
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and they’re not perfect and they get
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slow over time
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so this video is going to deal with how
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to solve that problem
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which as a real world computer
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technician that works every day going
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many
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mentally ill answering computer problems
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and
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you know blah blah all day long and
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getting yelled at and getting through
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anyways i digress
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very common problem on macintosh mac and
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crap even
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brand new ones you know i’m saying
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doesn’t really matter what operating
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system
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you know catalina el capitan doesn’t
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matter
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here is the solution i have the solution
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i will cut to the chase but i want to
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read verbatim their
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question so
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verbatim my mac
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my imac has been getting
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getting slower and slower
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how can i clean it up so it runs faster
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again
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well you could use linux and you could
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you know
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try windows oh that’s right wind blows
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get slow too
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here’s the solution
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c cleaner c cleaner
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i know the youtube technology shill some
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of the youtube technology shills frown
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upon sea cleaner
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i’ve never ever had a problem with it
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ever and i’ve used it
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well over a decade as a matter of fact
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i’m a ccleaner affiliate
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piriform develop ccleaner
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you can purchase it from me but you do
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not have to but i am telling you up
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front that i’m a ccleaner affiliate
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never had a problem with it even on
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macintosh what you want to do is you
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want to download ccleaner
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and you want to run a cleaning scan
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on macintosh that you don’t need to fuck
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around with any of the settings i don’t
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really
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you know i’m not even going to talk
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about that because you know when it
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comes to certain tools
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you know just accept the defaults you
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can click on the link in the description
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box below of this youtube video that
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will take you to my blog post at my
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website anycomputers.com well
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i will have abstract written
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instructions on how you can
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you know solve this problem but
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fundamentally a ccleaner
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i will include the free link
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and also if you want to purchase it i
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receive a small commission from you
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and i’ve used ccleaner for over a decade
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never had a problem i don’t know these
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youtube technology
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shells they’re like outright liars
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and or somebody’s paying them to
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tell you not to use ccleaner or
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you don’t have to use ccleaner you if
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there’s another tool that you’re more
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comfortable with or you’ve used before
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or maybe you have had a bad experience
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with ccleaner
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then by all means don’t fucking use it
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i’m a real world computer technician and
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this is a very common
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problem and i’ve been you know earning
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supplemental income on this third-party
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website
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whereby i answer computer technology
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related questions for over
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10 years now actually they’ve never
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they haven’t fired me yet and i’ve been
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in
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you know one suggestion is to use
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ccleaner and i’ve never
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had any complaints for management or
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anybody
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so what you’re going to do is all you do
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is install ccleaner on your macintosh
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it’s going to be a dmg
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file it’s you know it’s a small download
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and i will provide the links for you and
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then you install it on your macintosh
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you’re going to
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most likely need to know your
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administrator password
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macintosh computers are they actually
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have i think bsd
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which is a fork of unix they
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there’s a command line
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there’s a account that
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that is basically an administrator
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account that allows you to install
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software on macintosh and so and perform
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some other tasks
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most likely when you go to install
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ccleaner most likely you’ll get prompted
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maybe there’s i’m not aware of but then
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i don’t actually use macintosh
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i have used macintosh computers i just
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don’t have one right now i’m working on
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that i have
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excess capital now because
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i mean the term zoom i just made a zoom
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video yesterday that’s an apropos term
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because
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zoom i mean just the traffic on this
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website is through the roof
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zooming it and anyways i don’t
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digress too much
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anything further now the windows version
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oh
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and what operating system i think
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i will try to include that in my blog
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post i have not written it yet
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i do not record my videos for my
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subscribers
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because really if you’ve studied youtube
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youtube metrics and you
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if you’ve studied youtube heavily you’re
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really not
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going to it’s very
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if you’re going to think that you’re
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going to make a full-time living on
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youtube based upon your subscribers you
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might want to rethink that
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the recidivism rate meaning the
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percentage on average 14 percent
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the the youtube i’m pretty much done i
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just gave you the answer
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so i and you know if you’re offended by
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me
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you know digressing i don’t fucking care
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you can leave now or
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you probably already left 14
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is about i think average recidivism rate
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meaning your subscribers will
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view your videos 14 of your subscribers
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will view a youtube video
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that’s the average but that probably
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could have changed or it has changed my
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i don’t even know what my i don’t
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fucking care but you you got youtube
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content creators that have like a
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million subscribers and all you have to
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do is go and look at the viewer account
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on their videos and go back about a
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month and it’s probably less than one
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percent
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so i don’t make videos for my
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subscribers
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i make videos to help people i i’m a
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real world computer technician
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and i work every day and i help solve
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computer problems
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and then i share that information with
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you
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that’s it you don’t have to buy anything
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from me you don’t
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you you know if you may want to get the
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pro
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version because it has an automatic
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updater and blah blah but you certainly
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don’t have to
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and you don’t have to jank around with
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any of the settings
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just go in and i’ll try to provide deep
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more detailed instructions in my blog
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post
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i don’t i’m using linux to record this
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video
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this computer dual boots it has windows
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7.
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now i’m not going to boot into windows 7
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so i can fire up ccleaner
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and then even a lot of times with
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software the graphical user
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user interface might be different on
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operating systems so
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if on on windows if you’re using
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ccleaner somebody will tell you we’ll
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just click here click there and then run
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a cleaning session
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well but they’re using a macintosh
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computer they
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they on their mac they follow the
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instructions and they’re just like
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where well or that well i don’t see that
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button or well you’re
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allowed well goddammit and you’re a liar
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you’re you’re lying to your audience
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you know one of those people so but i
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will try to provide detailed
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instructions i might even be nice
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and philanthropic to a point and provide
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if i don’t write full instructions i
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will provide a link
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with yeah i’m pretty sure there’s a page
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where
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it’ll show you how to use ccleaner on a
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macintosh because the instructions might
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be different because i just told you
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but on windows you can run a registry
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scan
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but on mac you don’t need to worry about
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that this is
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most times a high percentage
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when i get a a client that has has a
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slow macintosh computer this
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is exactly what i tell them and a lot of
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times they never respond back
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once in a while they’ll say well that
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didn’t really work or well it’s still
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slow oh here’s a bonus added tip
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it depends on now macintosh
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they don’t have a registry like windows
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so you don’t need to worry about that i
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don’t want to digress i don’t want to
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make this video too long i’ll try to
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keep it what to 15 minutes
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and i gotta i have about five or six
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minutes maybe a little bit over time but
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i don’t want to make this video too long
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i try to keep my videos i
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honestly to 15 minutes and then but i
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have a big fucking mouth and so
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on macintosh the there is no registry
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however
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just like any computer even linux
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operating systems will accumulate files
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that’s just web especially web browsers
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web browser especially web browsers
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and it really doesn’t matter what
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operating system they have temp files
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they have cache files
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linux my my computer with the that has
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mx linux that i’m looking at right now
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well you know it’s kind of like right
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there but
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it has cache it it caches files
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on windows and mac that can cause a
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problem
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temp files cache files also known as
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cookies and temporary internet
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files and like you’ll download a plugin
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or you’ll you’ll download
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you know software whatever it
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accumulates
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and over time if your computer
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and the operating system
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does not clean those files up they’re
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gonna still be on the hard drive
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and believe it or not that can cause
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problems
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it can especially cause web browsing
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problems your web browser will start to
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fuck up or slow down
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or just get flaky or you can’t log into
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your email anymore or just all
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i could just make a separate video you
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know like a five hour
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video just on that it can also affect
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your overall operating system
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believe it or not and so tools like
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ccleaner
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are very effective they really are even
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on a macintosh
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now here let me give you some other
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additional tips
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the safe mode if your mac
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is really slow like they’re slow
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and then there’s
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really slow and then there’s very slow
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and then there’s extremely slow
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so there could be different you could
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even time it how long does it take your
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macintosh to boot up
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you know five minutes let’s say you can
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get a cup of coffee
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30 minutes you could cheat on your
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spouse with your
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mistress well isn’t that what americans
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do well it wasn’t that that
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what that ashleymadison.com
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you know was about and anyways
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if it’s really slow and it takes too
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a long time to even boot up and get into
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the login window and finally log in
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by by you may want to try this first
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it’s up to you i’m trying to think of
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ways to save you time
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the scan will take a long time even on
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a slow macintosh but a macintosh that
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boots up you know a couple minutes
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logs in and things seem to be okay but
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then all of a sudden
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you’re surfing the internet or you’re
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you know
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opening up a program zoom or adobe or
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whatever you’re doing
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and then oh and then here comes the
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molasses
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the tortoise
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the tortoise versus the hare all of a
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sudden your macintosh
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is becoming a comedian and
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it it’s involved in a race but it’s the
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tortoise it’s not the hair
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no it’s just you know okay let’s see
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one step at a time and well i kind of
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speak
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soft i kind of speak slowly anyways and
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well you know what i kind of got an itch
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here and
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well you know i’m going to take a break
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now and get some sun
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and well you know maybe next week i’ll
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cross the finish line
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and you know well yeah you know i’m a
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tortoise
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i’m a macintosh i mean
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even on macs like that that
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you know relatively seem to respond okay
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it still can take a long time so this is
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my warning
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be patient download ccleaner
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and just let it run you might want to
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just go you know
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jump in your vehicle and get some sun or
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go for a walk or whatever oh fuck the
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government
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fuck what the government says actually
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and i don’t want to digress about that
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oh i might get my youtube channel
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terminated
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for dare talk about that and criticizing
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that
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you know this alleged pandemic i mean
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come on
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just be patient allow it to finish it
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could take a while it also depends on
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how much accumulation on your macintosh
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it it might be months it might be years
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since the last time you cleaned up your
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cash your internet cash your internet
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cookies your cash
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your temp files that could be billions
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i’m not making this shit up well we’re
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really like gigabytes oh yes i’m not
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making that up
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see cleaner i don’t know what my record
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is
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i’m trying to remember i think i lost
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count now
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five gigs i don’t know that i think that
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was on a windows computer whatever
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whatever
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that’s just bragging rights
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it can take a while and then the first
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scan that i’ve noticed that was ccleaner
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the first time i’m at almost a 15 minute
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mark so i gotta
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you know run here the first time it will
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take a while because
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even on windows well windows it has goes
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through the entire registry
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if you run the register scan but even on
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windows and mac it’s got to go through
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the file system for the first
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time so that could be why it takes a
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while
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and then i’ve noticed with ccleaner if
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you run it regularly
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it’s not as slow so just be patient on
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the first scan
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on on mac i usually only
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i’ll give you an added bonus tip i run c
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cleaner even on a mac until it no longer
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finds
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any objects or it may find a few objects
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but they’re the the same ones
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they’re the exact same ones and for a
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reason it can’t remove them
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but then if you update ccleaner it might
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find them and then remove them but
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something like okay so
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this is an added bonus tip will see
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cleaner
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run it until it no longer finds any
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objects
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two or three times i notice it seems to
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work better that way
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and then also if you have a really slow
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macintosh
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boot it into safe mode first and i will
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try to include the instructions i think
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it’s
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what is it you hold down you either
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power off your macintosh and then hold
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down the control key
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while while you hit the power button or
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you do a restart and hold down the
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control key
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or something like that i will haven’t
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i’ll try to remember to put those
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instructions
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there too that’s another tip when in
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doubt our mat
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mcintosh does have a safe mode
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it it will i don’t want to get too into
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too many details basically
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certain features certain drivers will
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not you know
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boot up or be functional it hence the
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term
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safe mode then you know install ccleaner
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and then run a clean scan
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you might have to do that on a really
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slow and i just had a customer
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i i would say one at least once a week
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this is this is my
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solution to a slow macintosh it was
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probably
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what what was their trying to think if
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they’re not always the same
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i think it was the safe mode they ran it
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and it really didn’t help too much or
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you know what another thing
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sometimes happens is that they’ll have
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problems installing it
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but if they boot it into safe mode
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that’s an i don’t want to digress too
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much
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safe mode safe mode safe mode it can be
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very productive on a macintosh it can
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clear up a lot of
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issues actually a lot of weird shit
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anything further about see cleaner now
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that i’m into overtime any other tips
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that i want to give you that
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that i think are important
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i think i gave them all to on a
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macintosh
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safe mode that’s a big prevalent one
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safe mode yep learn how to boot into
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safe mode
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you can either boot into safe mode when
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you immediately power on the mac
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or like a restart and
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patience patience is a virtue
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ah
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good luck good luck you’re gonna need it
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i mean
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let’s see is there anybody in there
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still
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likes oh let’s stop

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