Readers periodically ask about antivirus recommendations for OS X, especially given some of the past rhetoric about Macs not having any viruses. Though it is true that OS X has been relatively free of viruses and other malware, in large part this has been because the small Mac market share has made the platform an insignificant target for malware developers; however, the landscape is steadily changing. Recent reports have shown Apple's market share in the U.S. to be one of the fastest growing, leaving the company just shy of 10 percent market share by some estimates. As the … Read more
Normally users should be able to add items to the Dock and move them around, but sometimes (especially after installing some third-party software) people may find that the Dock will become locked and they can neither move items around nor add or remove them.
There may be a few reasons why this happens, including faults with the Dock preference and database files in addition to odd settings that may be added to the Dock when you install applications.
The first thing you should do if this happens is to locate the Dock's settings files and check that they are … Read more
On rare occurrences people may find that after updating their Macs the system will not boot. Sometimes the system will hang at a specific boot screen such as the gray Apple, or at a blank blue screen. At other times, the system may not boot at all and show a blank screen even though the fans are spinning.
If this happens, there are a few steps you can take to try to clear the problem before taking the computer in for servicing:
Strip the Mac Sometimes interference from third-party hardware can cause odd boot problems, especially when the OS configuration … Read more
A few Mac users who have installed the latest OS X 10.6.6 update have found that a few applicaitons, especially iLife applications like iPhoto, will no longer launch. The programs may bounce once or twice and then quit with no indication of a problem. Affected people have tried repairing permissions and starting in Safe Mode, but have not been able to get the programs to work with these methods.
There are a couple of things people can try if their applications are not working.
First check in the Mac App Store to see if the program is available … Read more
The new Mac App Store can be a useful way to find software for OS X, but a few people have expressed their dislike of the store and prefer to not have it on their systems. Some have even avoided updating to OS X 10.6.6 to prevent the store from being put on their systems. While this is one way to avoid the store, doing so will also prevent you from benefiting from the latest security and bug fixes that future OS updates will bring.
The requirement of OS X 10.6.6 for the Mac App Store … Read more
Disk images can be convenient ways to securely package and distribute files; however, there are a few issues that can crop up when using disk images. One of these is that depending on how the images are stored and used, they may automatically mount during normal system use.
When this happens it is likely because a file that is being stored on the disk image is being accessed. OS X will access a file by its full path, and if that path is to a disk image, then when opening the file path the system will try to open the … Read more
As mentioned in an earlier article by MacFixIt's Topher Kessler, users may encounter issues when attempting to download Apps or App updates from the Mac App Store. Apple has now posted a knowledge base article describing a likely solution for most users.
When clicking the updates icon at the top of the Mac App Store window, the application may become unresponsive. This issue could be related to third party NTFS software including partitions with certain Windows NTFS file systems.
To alleviate the issue, navigate to System Preferences > Spotlight and click the Privacy tab. Add any of your NTFS … Read more
Add-ons to Web browsers are exceptionally popular, but sometimes can result in features being tacked onto the brower's interface that can be annoying at best if they're not used. Many times these add-ons are simple drag-and-drop plugins that can be removed from the various Internet Plug-Ins folders in either the global or user libraries, but at other times the add-ons may use alternative means of loading, which can make removing them less straightforward.
The new Mac App store offers convenience and new ways to discover applications for OS X, and though Apple has tried to make the store's experience as simple as possible, in its simplicity, a crucial step has been overlooked that may result in inadvertent purchases of applications.
While you can browse through the store, in order to download items (even free software), the store requires you to enter payment information in the store's settings. This information is requested of users immediately when signing in if it is not already linked to your Apple ID.
Doing this immediately turns … Read more
A weakness in copy protection--the antipiracy mechanism at the heart of many a digital distribution system--has reared its head with Apple's brand-new Mac App Store.
The store, launched yesterday, includes digital rights management (DRM) technology designed to ensure that only a program's purchaser is authorized to run the program. But a hack distributed online apparently can be used to get around the system in some situations.
Although several have reported successful use of the hack to circumvent copy protection, it stems from problems in how software developers get their applications to verify permission to run, not from an … Read more