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The only troubleshooting app that runs on every version of OS X from 2011 to present (and we’ve even got a version for Snow Leopard, too!).
– Remove MacKeeper and other apps that can cause unexpected performance problems
– Detect Keyloggers and Adware
– Track changes to your system
– Show/Hide invisible files
– Stay safe: DetectX does not require Admin privileges to install or run
Can I use Anit-Virus software with DetectX?
If you use Avast or ClamXav, you may have to add DetectX as an exception in your AV software’s scan preferences. For more details, contact the developers of your AV software.
Requires OS X 10.7 or higher.
(Note for SL users: Cos’ you’re special, 🙂 we’ve made you your very own ‘DetectX for Snow Leopard‘ app. Requires an Intel 64-bit processor. Please consider this as beta software and report any bugs directly to us. Our ability to test on 10.6 is limited!)
What is DetectX?
Please read the supplied User Guide (Help > User Guide) fully before using DetectX.
DetectX is the troubleshooting tool for your mac. With DetectX you can:
Use the Detector View to find and trash the hidden and not-so-hidden files belonging to apps and processes that can be responsible for performance problems. There are generally three categories of things the Detector searches for: commercial apps with hidden executables, adware and keyloggers.
DetectX warns you when 3rd party applications, processes or files are added or removed to crucial areas of your mac that may impact performance. The Inspector runs automatically on launch and whenever you manually use the ‘Record’ function in the Inspector View.
Tip: We recommend adding DetectX to your Login Items so that the Inspector runs automatically on log in. It is also possible to set up regular scheduled runs of the Inspector using AppleScript, Automator or OS X’s Calendar.app (see the supplied User Guide for more information).
In addition, DetectX runs a number of supplementary background checks on 3rd party kexts, daemons and network connections when a Detector search is run. Vulnerability checks on certain software installations are also conducted at the same time. The results of these supplementary checks are shown in the Log Drawer.
Analyse and Diagnose:
The History View keeps logs of all the Inspector’s runs and allows you or a technical adviser to analyse and diagnose what changes occurred on your mac. For convenience, you can review all logs, individual logs or just a list of changes.
NOTE: Using DetectX’s Inspector and History Views safely and effectively requires the user to have some basic knowledge of how OS X works and how files and folders are organised. If you do not understand what DetectX is showing you, ask someone more knowledgable or seek advice on a technical forum such as Apple Support Communities. On no account should you move or remove files without understanding the consequences of what you are doing nor without a complete backup of your system on an external disk.
(Update: 29 Dec 2016 00:24 ICT )
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