A old MacBook was given to me to develop an iPhone app. The problem is that the Mac was treated horribly and there is a lot of bloatware. It is currently running 10.7.5. I want to create a new user that does not use ANY of the applications so it runs completely separate as in none of the bloatware apps are shown/used. I can't restore the Mac completely as it's someone elses and I don't want to remove any of their files but still want to have a "restored account."

  • I would create the new user, then run the App Sandbox.
    – Deesbek
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 1:51
  • @Deesbek I dont fully understand this. Could you please elaborate?
    – nahtnam
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 4:56

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You could make a new account, with Parental Controls setting. Use the Parental Controls to only allow specific applications to run. System-level programs (like anti-virus, or others) would still be running in the background; but, as far as normal applications go, you would know exactly what was being run and when.

  • Thanks for the reply. The problem is that I only need to be an administrator because i use terminal to install things a lot as well as install things in general.
    – nahtnam
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 4:57

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