Q & R: Réponses MacFixIt

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer questions related Mac e-mail to our readers.

This week readers wrote with questions about the management of contact pictures in address book, the truth about the reaction of the surrounding community rather negative utility MacKeeper, and errors in the collection of information application in the System Information utility. I look forward to readers, so if you have suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: The recent management section for contact pictures in address book
MacFixIt reader Lars request:

    Is there a way to get rid of the cache "recent" photos that appear in the left column of the program address book picking photo? There seems to be many "recent" photos in the application that I can not find what I was looking for. If you can help me to delete the cache of photos that would be great.

This can be done by selecting them and pressing the Delete key to remove them from the list. However, if this does not work, you should still be able to erase recent images by deleting the contents of the following directory:

Users> username> Library> Containers> com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService> Data> Library> Images> Recent Photos

Question: The truth about the stigma surrounding MacKeeper
MacFixIt reader application in January:

    I want to know is it safe to use MacKeeper? Many of my friends say it is malware.

The issues surrounding the stem MacKeeper to start as a bad conversion from an utility called PC Keeper for Windows systems that do not work very well on Mac OS. This, coupled with aggressive marketing tactics rather (to say the least) and customer service, has caused many in the Mac community to avoid and recommend that others do the same.

The software has been updated quite significantly since its early versions, and I installed it without problem on multiple systems. Regarding security, any software may contain bugs that can harm a system. Therefore, my position on this is that MacKeeper is not malware that some people describe it as, but whether or not it is necessary or beneficial - or stable - on a given computer is another matter.MacKeeper offers finally a lot of the same features that are already available in other programs (many of which are free and probably used a better coding). Although I do not see any problem with the software itself, I do not necessarily recommend it to everyone.

My guess is that not all, but many people in this community who recommend avoiding or uninstall MacKeeper are simply reiterate the advice of others based on poor software initial roadmap, rather than really try and make an objective assessment of the latest versions of the software.

Question: Errors collection of information in the System Information utility
MacFixIt reader Dany request:

    When I open System Information and go to Software> Applications, I get the message "An error occurred during the collection of this information." Can you help me solve this problem please? (Mid-2007 iMac - OS X 10.8.2)

Many of the features of the System Information tool based on an index of the hard drive intact. The list of applications is also based on the "PBS" service, which reads attributes associated applications and services they offer in OS X. Try opening the terminal and running the following commands to remove these components so that they will be rebuilt, and then restart the system and see if the problem persists (this may take an hour or two for the system to rebuild these services)
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