How to block unwanted ads and malware in all applications

*update: Wednesday, 2 March 2016. Switched back to the hosts file from http://someonewhocares.org/ because that one has a more adequate size and therefore much better performance. The file from hosts-file.net uses to much memory if you run a local resolver on your machine.

*update: Wednesday, 17 February 2016 rewrote the script with additional error checks after comment from Peter. Now there is only one script with the hosts file from http://hosts-file.net

*update: Tuesday, 16 February 2016 added another script that also cleans OS X 10.11 DNS caches and uses an even more extensive hosts file from http://hosts-file.net

Recently I compared adblock+, ghostery and a bunch of other ad blocking software in the browsers that I normally use. Most of them blocked ads really well but unfortunately all of them added quite a lot of additional CPU and memory overhead. So, despite the fact that these programs help me to speed up my browsing experience by eliminating advertisements they still slow down my browsing experience. Continue reading “How to block unwanted ads and malware in all applications”

A simple Mac OS X maintenance shell script

I, like so many of my fellow Macintosh users want to keep my OS X installation well maintained. So i sat down and read a few man pages describing those nifty cli utilities that are included in OS X. Since OS X is a UNIX style operating system I decided to create a small shell script to perform the following maintenance tasks for me .

Repair Filesystem Permissions
Verify Disks
Run Periodic (cron) jobs
Update Prebindings
Verify Preference Files
Displa Cache size
Clear Cache

If you find the script interesting and want to use it on your mac you need to perform a few simple steps: Continue reading “A simple Mac OS X maintenance shell script”