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Helpful diagnostic tool for your Mac

Helpful diagnostic tool for your Mac
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When your computer is acting up, it's hard to figure out exactly what is going wrong. Any number of things can cause slowing down, shutting down and a wide variety of other problems. The best way to figure out what's going wrong is to get a big-picture perspective on your computer.

Luckily, you don't need an advanced degree in technology. EtreCheck gathers the diagnostic information spread around your Mac and packs it into one place for easy viewing.

What I like about EtreCheck is that, after analyzing your computer, the program gives you a complete readout of everything that could be slowing you down. It even scans browser plugins, third-party programs and any external devices attached to your computer.

Anything not working right or taking up too much of your computer's processing power is outlined in red. You can go take care of it, or copy and paste the information for any support that you're getting from an online forum or helpline.

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