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Can rkill.exe be used on Macs?


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#1 sky4848

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

my friend has a mac that is running slow even though he's cleaned it up and freed some space. I have a pc and usually when that happens to me I run Super AntiSpyware and/or Rkill.exe. I know Macs are not prone to getting virus' or threats, but should I recommend that he try the 2 options above, or is there something else that he should try.

thanks for your help.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:03 PM

hi sky i really dont know

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:05 PM

no prob river58, thanks for responding. have you ever experienced a slow running mac and if so, what did you do to increase its speed?

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:16 PM

i googled it and these are the most likely ones that i found that may be helpful..hope it answers your ?s

1. mac crashes: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=305571

2.http://mmlweb.rutgers.edu/music127/basic/crash_freeze.htm

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:19 PM

oh that's really good to know, thanks a mil!

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:21 PM

rkill is only for Windows operating systems.
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:35 PM

Awesome! Thanks Budapest, what would you recommend for a slow running mac whose desktop has been cleaned up to allow for more space/items saved?

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:48 PM

I don't use Macs so I cannot really offer much advice. If you want to run a scan on a Mac you could try this:

http://www.clamxav.com/
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:53 PM

You rock..thank you both for your replies!

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:32 PM

The monthly maintenance I recommend is AppleJack http://download.cnet.com/AppleJack/3000-2094_4-40293.html?tag=mncol;1. It does five repair routines that are built into OSX.
Another option is YASU follow the instructions here http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html#note2
It can help with speed. If the HD is more than 85% full, it needs some things removed (after AppleJack is run)
You can find the space hogs by using GrandPerspective http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/ or Disk Inventory X http://www.derlien.com/.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:39 PM

Simply awesome! Thanks David, we'll get right on it! He was a little afraid of using Clamxav because it brought up a big pre-warning that it's not responsible for any lost data or programs; which is what we're trying to avoid. He has quite a bit of programs that he uses being a Graphic Designer, but may not have all of the Cds readily available to reload the programs onto his computer should anything happen.

Thank you for the other option, we greatly appreciate everyone's help!

Sky

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 08:10 AM

hey sky try this it may work http://download.cnet.com/DiskWarrior/3000-2094_4-39989.html?tag=mncol

Edited by river58, 23 February 2011 - 08:46 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 12:47 PM

River58 that is an update not the whole program, disk warrior is a great system disc repair disk, but it is expensive this is the official site where you can download and buy the whole program: http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/index.html
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:26 AM

He was a little afraid of using Clamxav because it brought up a big pre-warning that it's not responsible for any lost data or programs;


I was worried about the same thing at first. But now I use it all time without any problems.

You can always have Clamx alert you, instead of quarantine files. That way no important files will be moved in case of a false positive. If Clamx finds a suspicious file, you could always upload it to Jotti, or similar, to make sure that it is indeed malware.


Here's how;

Open Clamx, click "preferences" un-tic checkbox "Quarantine infected files to"
Tic Checkbox "Alert on virus detection"

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 12:48 PM

A newbie putting in 2 cents

Since your friend is in graphic design, does he have a large number of fonts installed? Has he uninstalled/installed a lot of fonts? Depending on what mac OS he's running, per my reading that might cause a slowdown. I found a good but very lengthy review of fonts in OS X here. Someone else might have a more to the point article on fonts and system slowdowns.

For sure, your friend needs to back up his system if it hasn't been done yet. With Time Machine or Superduper and an ext hdd if the computer crashes he won't have to find all those CDs to reinstall his programs. Superduper is cheap and it makes the backup bootable, so he probably won't have any downtime if he has a software crash on his mac. I found Superduper easy enough for a newbie to use, quick enough for daily backups and so far very reliable.
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