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AVG TuneUp Premium for Mac - Getting Started

AVG TuneUp Premium is an optimization tool for Mac that includes a range of scans to detect unnecessary items and performance issues, freeing up disk space and improving the speed of your system.

This article assumes that AVG TuneUp Premium is installed and activated on your Mac. For detailed instructions, refer to the following articles:

Open AVG TuneUp Premium

Access the AVG TuneUp Premium user interface using one of the following methods:

  • Click the AVG TuneUp Premium icon in the menu bar, then select Open AVG TuneUp Premium.
  • Click Go in the menu bar and select Applications, then double-click the AVG TuneUp icon.
AVG TuneUp Premium needs Full Disk Access to scan your hard drive and system folders for clutter on Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave) and higher. For detailed instructions to enable Full Disk Access, refer to the following article:

Clear disk space

The Clean clutter option scans your Mac for unnecessary files and allows you to select which files are deleted to clear disk space. To initiate a scan and remove files:

  1. Click Scan under Clean clutter on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Use the Recommended Selection drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select file categories for removal. The following options are available:
    • Recommended Selection: selects only file categories that you can safely clean without losing crucial data.
    • Select All: selects all listed file categories. You can then manually de-select any file categories you don't want to clean.
    • Select None: de-selects all listed file categories. You can then manually select the file categories you want to clean.
  3. After selecting the files you want to remove, click Clean.
  4. If prompted, enter your administrator User Name and Password, then click OK.
  5. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Remove duplicate files

The Find duplicates option scans your Mac for duplicate files. To initiate a scan and remove duplicate files:

  1. Click Scan under Find duplicates on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the location(s) you want to scan for duplicate files. To add additional folders or external drives, click Add, then select a folder or drive.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. After the scan completes, click View Duplicates.
  5. Use the Nothing Selected drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select the files you want to remove. The following options are available:
    • Select None: de-selects all files and allows you to manually select files for removal. Tick each file that you want to remove. After you tick a file, Select None becomes Custom Selection.
    • Keep Newest: automatically selects the oldest version of each file for removal.
    • Keep Oldest: automatically selects the newest version of each file for removal.
  6. After selecting the files you want to remove, click Clean.
  7. If prompted, enter your administrator User Name and Password, then click OK.
  8. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Identify bad or similar photos

The Find photos option scans your Mac for photos that are blurry, badly-lit, or similar. To initiate a scan and review bad or similar photos, follow these steps:

  1. Click Find under Find photos on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the location(s) you want to scan for photos. To add additional folders, external drives, or specific photos, click Add, then select the folder, drive, or photo.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. After the scan completes, click Review under either Bad photos or Similar photos to see the photos that AVG TuneUp Premium has identified.
  5. Click Got It to remove the pop-up message.
  6. Use the Recommended drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner to select the files you want to remove. The following options are available:
    • Recommended: selects the photos that AVG TuneUp Premium recommends for removal.
    • Select None: de-selects all photos and allows you to manually select photos for removal. Tick each photo that you want to remove. After you tick a photo, Select None becomes Custom Selection.
  7. After selecting the photos you want to delete, click Remove.
  8. Click Remove to confirm deletion of your selected files.
  9. Click Review and repeat steps 5-8 above to continue reviewing and deleting photos.
  10. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Uninstall apps you no longer use

The Uninstall apps option allows you to easily find and remove applications you no longer use, to keep your Mac tidy and free up space. To uninstall apps you no longer use, follow these steps:

  1. Click Show under Uninstall apps on the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.
  2. Tick the box next to an app to select it. Additionally, you can filter the list of apps using the Unused apps and Large categories in the left panel.
  3. After selecting the apps you want to remove, click Uninstall.
  4. Click Uninstall to confirm removal of the selected apps from your Mac.
  5. If prompted, enter your administrator User Name and Password, then click OK.
  6. Click Done to return to the main AVG TuneUp Premium screen.

Manage preferences

You can customize AVG TuneUp Premium by changing the default scan settings for the Clean clutter and Find duplicates options, or by specifying which notifications and alerts you want to receive from AVG TuneUp Premium. To adjust AVG TuneUp Premium settings:

  1. Ensure the AVG TuneUp Premium window is open and active, then click AVG TuneUpPreferences on the left side of the menu bar.
  2. Select the Scanning tab to adjust the default Clean clutter and Duplicates Finder settings. The following options are available:
    • Clean clutter:
      • Scan downloads folder: Include your downloads folder in the Clean Clutter scan.
      • Scan external drives: Include any external drives connected to your Mac in the Clean Clutter scan.
      • Scan system caches and logs: Include your system caches and log files in the Clean Clutter scan.
      • Clean empty directories: Identifies empty folders for removal in the Clean Clutter scan.
    • Duplicate Finder:
      • Ignore hidden files: Exclude hidden files from the Find duplicates scan.
      • Move duplicates to Trash: Duplicate files are moved to the Trash and can be restored until the Trash is emptied.
      • Look for duplicates bigger than: Click the drop-down menu to define the minimum size of files that AVG TuneUp Premium identifies during a Find duplicates scan.
  3. Select the Alerts tab to specify when AVG TuneUp Premium notifies you about the amount of clutter identified on your Mac. The following options are available:
    • Enable AlertMe!: AVG TuneUp Premium displays a notification message that alerts you when a specified amount of clutter has accumulated on your Mac or your free disk space is less than a specified amount.
    • Alert me when clutter exceeds: Define how much clutter AVG TuneUp Premium must identify on your Mac before notifying you.
    • Alert me when free disk space is less than: Define when AVG TuneUp Premium notifies you about your remaining disk space.
    • Offer total app deletion when I move apps to Trash: AVG TuneUp Premium offers to check for and remove application files that can remain on your Mac even after moving an application to the Trash.
  • AVG TuneUp Premium 2.x for Mac
  • Apple macOS 11.x (Big Sur)
  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina)
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)

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