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iMac in trash

I wanted to empty the trash on my iMac and came across iMac in the trash. Don't know how it got there.
Thought it didn't belong in the trash and began moving it to the desktop. But there were thousands of files to be moved, so I stop the copying. In the trash iMac has a lot of dates. When I open them, there comes up the heading of Macintosh HD and such headings as--applications, library, users, a lot ending in tiff (1up dust.tiff, 1H-Text.tiff, etc.
Do I dare erase all those items? Don't want to crash my computer or get rid of essential items.
Confused.
Thanks.

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Anything in the Trash cannot be used by the system

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which means that if your computer is behaving correctly, reboots and does everything else like it should do, then you can go ahead a empty the trash.

That said, take a look around your machine BEFORE you empty it and make sure that all your stuff, pictures, movies, music, etc. is still there and available to you.

Try the restart first.

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iMac in trash

In reply to: Anything in the Trash cannot be used by the system

I have an iMac on my HD and one in the trash.
I can't empty "iMac" from the trash.
Everything seems to be working and in place elsewhere in my computer.
Don't know why I can't delete the iMac icon from trash.
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Error message?

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iMac in Trash

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Hi P,
It worked!
Used CleanMyMac and trash is now empty. Thanks for your help.
I've been reluctant to use CleanMyMac, and MacKeeper thinking they might sabotage my files. Paranoid, I know. But there's so much hacking these days.
I really don't have anything interesting to be hacked, but someone might just have fun screwing my files.
Anyway, appreciate your help.
Thankfully,
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Now get ride of MacKeeper.

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It is classed as Malware. You are right to be paranoid abut MacKeeper

Remove it from your machine.

Glad you got it fixed but you paid good money to do something that could have been done for free.

Use CleanMyMac in manual mode, never in Auto.

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MacKeeper

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I've uninstalled MacKeeper and moved it to trash.
Started deleting but stopped when I saw there are 1,765 items to be deleted. Does that make sense?
Is to going to delete all documents, etc.from my computer?
Makes me nervous when such a number is to be trashed.
Thanks,
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Once again,

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if you restart your machine and it runs as it should, then the number of items in the trash is of no consequence to you.

MacKeeper probably has that many little files that need deleting.

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MacKeeper

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Thanks P.
Sorry about being overly cautious.
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(NT) No Problem

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