FastTasks
FastTasks
2.53

4.7

FastTasks free download for Mac

FastTasks

2.53
16 April 2019

The troubleshooting app.

Overview

FastTasks 2 provides a number of useful functions, including at-a-glance display of key system info, fast toggle of invisible files, free memory, automatic removal of login items, and scanning for troublesome apps and files.

FastTasks 2 allows you to keep logs of your system profile over time so you can easily see what changes were made to your system and when--a vital aid when things stop working as expected and you need to troubleshoot your Mac.

What's new in FastTasks

Version 2.53:
Improved:
  • Analyser definitions updated

9 FastTasks Reviews

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thunderstrucker
11 April 2016

Most helpful

Good application for troubleshooting. Easy to use. Combines numerous system tasks and tricks. Oriented for Mac beginners. All these things are built into OS X and advanced Mac users may easily use console, access library, check all statistics and info in System Information, manually change the dock location and set up login items in Users and Groups preferences etc. Unfortunately this app blocks antivirus applications functionality.
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Version 2.9
AlexSmith
06 August 2017
Great app!
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Version 2.36
thunderstrucker
11 April 2016
Good application for troubleshooting. Easy to use. Combines numerous system tasks and tricks. Oriented for Mac beginners. All these things are built into OS X and advanced Mac users may easily use console, access library, check all statistics and info in System Information, manually change the dock location and set up login items in Users and Groups preferences etc. Unfortunately this app blocks antivirus applications functionality.
Like (7)
Version 2.9
Wts
25 October 2015
I have downloaded the latest FastTask2 for Mac. MacUpdate and the developer note this application is FREE for home use. However what neither tell you is that upon every startup launch it brings up a huge message requesting a serial number or selection that the user is using the application for home use. The Developer has a right to protect his application but then again i have a right to stop using this application. It also seems that the developer has set a price for his application and does not allow the user to make a donation which i have done.. Top marks for the application zero marks for the developers claim that the application is FREE meaning FREE only if the user puts up with startup nag message.
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Version 2.1
1 answer(s)
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
25 October 2015
Hi

No, you don't have to click the 'Home' button. You just close the window with the usual 'red' button at the top left of the window.

You only click the 'Home' button if you want to buy the optional license.

This model is similar to that used by Pacifist (except we don't force you to wait, you can close the window immediately in FT2) and many many other free apps.

The app is free.The nag is easily dismissed. What's the problem?
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Wts
24 March 2015
The functions are somewhat out of date ( 2014 application ) when you are using OS 10.9 or Yosemite. There is a limited amount of information provided however FREE is FREE.
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Version 1.63
3 answer(s)
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
06 April 2015
Hi. What tasks are you referring to? It's true the FlushDNSCache task stopped working due to changes made to OS X; hence, that task has been removed in v1.64. Otherwise, all the other tasks work on Mavericks and Yosemite.

If there are other tasks that you'd like to see added, please make suggestions. I'm always looking for ways to improve the app.

As for Help, there's comprehensive support pages on my website. If you can't find the help you need there, there is also a support email address. If you need help, just ask. :)
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applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
06 April 2015
BTW, you can go directly to the support pages from within the app. Choose Preferences > General and click the helpfully labelled 'Help' button. ;)
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Wts
Wts
06 April 2015
I am giving your ap another try because there is more value to your application then i originally thought.

To me it seems very much like EtreCheck not that there is anything wrong with that.

Iindeed there is comprehensive support on your website that actually is accessible directly from your FastTasks 2 application. In fact it has already helped me for several problems i was living with using my iMac 2009 version.

There is a feature i would like implemented and will eMail accordingly.

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sharon-1
14 December 2014
FastTasks 2 is Fantastic! Thank you to the creators of FastTasks because FastTasks got rid of MacKeeper and all its crap in a few easy steps. It took me 5 minutes and you sorted out all the annoying pop ups and that horrible MacKeeper continually trying to open. I am so pleased and relieved. My IT guy came out last time and billed me 800 bucks!
Like (3)
Version 1.62
aljaruun
07 November 2014
Helped me get rid of mackeeper for which i'm profoundly greatful.
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Version 1.52
nicefollower
03 November 2014
Great app for tracking changes to your system. The previous reviewer who claimed it was blocked by Avast should have given Avast 1-star not this. The only thing I don't like about this app is the task don't seem to have much in common and there's a lot of stuff I don't need or want.
Like (5)
Version 1.52
3 answer(s)
wstevens
wstevens
24 November 2014
Why can't the developer write the software so it doesn't trigger a virus alert?
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applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
25 November 2014
Hi again

This is a reasonable question and I understand your concern. I've tried to answer this both on the link on my support page (see below) and to you directly via email.

Clearly, you're still concerned, so let me try again. First, I have only received two reports about this problem, and they are both from users of Avast. As far as I'm aware at the current time, no other AV software is flagging up FastTasks 2.

So that makes your question a bit more specific: why can't I write software that Avast doesn't flag up as a threat? The short answer to that is: because I don't have Avast source code and I don't know what tests they're running.

Anybody can write AV software, and you can flag something as a "threat" for all sorts of reasons (regardless of whether that is a genuine reason or not).

Writing AV software is hard; primarily because malware, viruses and other "badware" is written to disguise itself as "goodware". That means, ultimately, that sometimes AV developers are going to come up with "False Positives" -- genuine software that has features that "badware" has.

Ultimately, if you don't trust my work, that's your decision. I'm not trying to persuade you to take risks with something you don't trust.

I will only point out, however, that I'm an independent s/w developer. My identity is public knowledge easily discoverable through my websites,, and if I was really writing "badware" I'd be a fool to write it without making myself anonymous.

These are the facts. What you or anyone else chooses to do with them is up to you.

Best

Phil
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applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
26 November 2014
Thanks for your support!

As of FastTasks 2 v1.6, you can now choose which tasks you want shown in the menu and disable those you don't.
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wstevens
05 October 2014
Scan with Avast Anti-Virus reports FastTasks 2 v 1.42 is infected with VSearch-B [Trj]. I emailed the developer directly a couple of weeks ago. I have not received a reply from the developer.
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Version 1.42
2 answer(s)
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
06 October 2014
Hi, I've had a couple of emails about Avast!, both of which I've replied to. I didn't see yours, somehow.Regarding, Avast! and FastTasks 2, the short story is that this is a 'false positive'. In other words, Avast! has got it badly wrong.I've posted a full explanation on the FastTasks 2 support page here, which I encourage anyone using Avast! or any other AV s/w that flags up FastTasks 2 to read: http://sqwarq.com/fasttasks-2/fasttasks-2-help-centre/fasttasks-2-anti-virus-software-warnings/
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TheSafeMac
TheSafeMac
31 October 2014
I can confirm, this is a false positive on the part of Avast. I'm very familiar with the VSearch (aka Downlite) adware, and I see no evidence at all of VSearch being installed by FastTasks 2. Avast has a long history of a serious problem with false positives, sometimes even identifying system files on brand new systems as malicious.

In my opinion, Avast is crap that should never be used. It can only be downloaded through Download.com, a known adware distributor, and Avast includes its own adware component. Plus, there are the false positives. You don't need Avast on your computer.
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wickedsp1d3r
08 July 2014
You can't manage the tasks - remove existing and add your own...? If not, this is a suggestion.
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Version 1.2
1 answer(s)
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
09 July 2014
Thanks for your comment. It's true you can't customise the tasks in FastTasks 2, and its a feature request I've had from others. It's definitely a direction I'm thinking about for future releases.
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$49.99

4.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.5 or later
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