Troubleshooting. You now how it works, right? You love the Mac, but it’s only human, and things go wrong. What can you do to prevent the Mac from getting on wonky on its bad self? What can you do once it turns wonky?
Well, there’s an app for that. Mac users have a dozen or so free utilities that help troubleshoot this or that, tweak that or this, and here’s a look at one that has been around awhile and details the price of troubleshooting your Mac.
EtreCheck for the Mac gathers specific information about your Mac and makes it available to help you with issues that may crop up or already have. This detailed report is good to provide Apple’s tech support personnel, your company’s IT associates, or anyone who wants to help.
EtreCheck does this:
- Find serious problems on your Mac,
- Remove annoying adware,
- Get help on Apple Support Communities,
- See just what your Mac is doing on the inside.
In the meantime, it does not install hidden files on your Mac, protects your personal information from getting online, and doesn’t do anything except check your Mac– it won’t make changes unless you want them.
Click, and ye shall receive. A scan…
EtreCheck runs through hardware, software, system resources and more.
And more scans…
Good so far, right?
EtreCheck displays a bunch of items, all detailed out nice and neat in a lengthy report. These include Major Issues, Minor Issues, Hardware details, System, Storage, Network, and Security settings, plus Software and Performance details.
EtreCheck is sufficiently security minded that you can’t take a screenshot of any listed item, but the report can be shared. That’s good if you have a problem and tech support needs information about your Mac.
What about malware and adware? Check.
EtreCheck can detect and remove adware and malware. EtreCheck is not a traditional antivirus tool that checks for only a handful of known Mac adware or malware, and millions of Windows malwares that are harmless to a Mac user. Instead, EtreCheck looks for specific behaviours that are commonly used by malicious software like adware and malware. This enables EtreCheck to detect new adware and malware before any other security tool. EtreCheck can do this without the constant signature updates required by traditional antivirus software.
The only Major Issue I had on my desktop iMac was a notice that Time Machine backup is disabled. Actually, I use a utility that turns Time Machine on less frequently than macOS does. EtreCheck also found some unsigned non-certified apps on my Mac, and noticed that RAM is heavily used (I have a dozen or so open apps).
There once was a time when EtreCheck was free. Today, there’s a nominal price tag for the privilege of troubleshooting your Mac.
EtreCheck is still free for most people. If you are having problems with your computer, we don’t want you to have to pay to get help. EtreCheck will generate 5 reports for free. That should be enough to resolve most problems. A few advanced features will be unavailable.
If your Mac doesn’t go wonky too often you’ll save some money.