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Community / Re: 2021 My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on Today at 11:50:08 AM »
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Tech / Re: Do not use AVG antivirus
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on Today at 10:17:15 AM »
I rely on Apple's Security Updates(!) and a subscription to ClamXAV. Of course, the license info for the app (received in an email) is stored in 1Password. :thumbup: I can't trust Mail (or TM) to always have old messages... :doh:

ClamXAV, simple, runs daily, free trial, never had any problems. Next! :coolio:
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Tech / Do not use AVG antivirus
« Last post by jchuzi on Today at 09:31:43 AM »
Several months ago, I read an article in Consumer Reports that touted AVG antivirus as the best antivirus app for Mac. Consequently, I downloaded and installed the free version. In retrospect, I should have suspected it when I experienced slowdowns in my computer, including apps that were slow to load and some wonky behavior. AVG kept nagging me about upgrading to the paid version (which I ignored) and gave frequent popup messages that tried to scare me by claiming that something was amiss (in truth, after the first attempt at using it to scan my drive, I hadn't opened it). Then, my wife complained that the computer was frozen. I had to do a forced shutdown and immediately went into Console to consult the crash log.

The crash log showed that AVG was the culprit. I uninstalled AVG by using its uninstall feature in its application menu and then searched for leftovers with Spotlight, Easy Find, and Find Any File. Interestingly, Spotlight found very little compared with the others, and I trashed all the detritus. Since then, my computer is back to normal, no issues, no freezes, and apps launch speedily.

Bottom line: AVG is a virus unto itself. I haven't experienced anything like this since Norton Antivirus caused kernel panics, back in the day. DO NOT USE THIS APP!
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Tech / Re: Finder Can't Quit: iOS Activity in Progress
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on May 09, 2021, 03:30:07 PM »
I've not checked the Console yet since the answers fit the problem so well. Plus, Apple made using Console much les user-friendly in Catalina macOS 10.15 and carried that forward to Big Sur macOS 11.

I've heard that warning before. :laughhard:
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Community / Re: iPhone 7 quit email
« Last post by jcarter on May 09, 2021, 12:54:13 PM »
I really need to do this!
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Tech / Re: Finder Can't Quit: iOS Activity in Progress
« Last post by jchuzi on May 09, 2021, 12:36:50 PM »
Can you access the crash log in Console? I did that last week when the whole Mac froze and it revealed that the culprit was AVG antivirus. I had noticed that apps were slow to open and wonky but didn't attribute it to AVG or anything else. I uninstalled AVG and now everything is back to normal.

Warning: AVG antivirus IS a virus.
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Community / Re: 2021 My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on May 09, 2021, 11:19:03 AM »
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Tech / Finder Can't Quit: iOS Activity in Progress
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on May 09, 2021, 10:22:20 AM »
Last few weeks, I have been getting a warning dialog stating that "Finder can't quit..." because some iOS action is in progress. Force Quit shows nothing open except Finder. Relaunching Finder is of no help; still can't shutdown the Mac. I end up having to use the "nuclear" method: hold the power button until all the monitor light leaks out! :WOW: Of course, there is no automagic restart in the morning because of the non-standard shutdown. :wallbash:

There is an iPhone and an iPad in the "Locations" area of the Finder Sidebar. The eject button is replaced by the spinning arrow. "OK, the iPhone is the 'iOS' piece of the puzzle; but what is the process and why is it running?" Disconnecting the usb cable and even shutting down the iPhone changes the inability to shut down the Mac. :whistling:

I've found the following "solutions" that I will try the next time this happens. Now, all I need is a way to remember what I'm not supposed to forget! :blush-anim-cl:

MacReports
Open Activity Monitor on your Mac (Applications > Utilities).

Search for AMPDevicesAgent. It may also help to sort the % column

Two (to four) processes should appear, a process and a helper agent pair. Highlight all of them and select the X on the far left top of that window. Then select Force Quit. Wait a moment. You may have to do do this once more.

If this problem occurs again, try starting your Mac in Safe Mode. This may fix your problem. Here is how:
• Shut down your computer.
• Press the power button and immediately press and hold the Shift key.
• Release the Shift key when you see the login screen.
• Login (you may have to log in more than once).
• Now your computer is in Safe Mode.
• Test to see if your problem repeats in Safe Mode too.
• Regardless of the result, restart your Mac normally, without pressing the Shift key.

HowToGeek:
Safe Boot: With the Mac shutdown, hold down the shift key and press the power button. Hold the shift key down until you see the Log In screen. Now perform your favorite maintenance tasks.
Reset SMC and/or PRAM/NVRAM:
1. With the Mac *shutdown*
2. Press the power button and immediately press and hold down the option + command + P + R keys.
3. The resetting routine may take as long as 20 seconds.
4. After that time, release the keys and the Mac will startup normally.

If you'd like to try some Terminal tasks you are welcome to read ths "Reader Rick" suggestions at AppleToolBox. I have not tried those specific commands/steps.
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Community / Re: iPhone 7 quit email
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on May 08, 2021, 08:20:39 PM »
Quote
Its pretty much time for me to do that.

It’s well past time for that. I think we were recommending that before we even changed to the new forum software. :wallbash:

I’m partial to 1Password, been using it for many years. I store much more than passwords, however. There are others. The point is, just do it! Most apps like this have trial subscriptions.
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Community / Re: 2021 My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on May 08, 2021, 12:04:56 PM »
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