It is somewhat acceptable when your Mac experiences a decrease in its processing speed as it ages. However, it is easy to fall prey for programs and applications trying to convince you of its cleaning abilities for your Mac.
Don’t fall for any claims similar to what was already said; because more often it only does a superﬁcial type of cleaning. It will not, in any way, make your Mac run at a faster speed as it only frees up space by removing temporary ﬁles. Take time researching for products that will indeed perform what it claims to do, should you decide to purchase one. The right product will surely help your Mac perform faster.
Nevertheless, consider following these steps for keeping your Mac fast:
Look for programs or processes that take up resources
You should be able to do that in two ways:
- Go to Applications, then click on Utilities. You should be able to ﬁnd the Activity Monitor right away.
- Open Spotlight by pressing Command + Space, type ‘Activity Monitor’ then press Enter.
The Activity Monitor allows you to view processes and its corresponding resource use— categorized by CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network. You may click on either of these to ﬁgure out which processes are taking up most of your MacBook’s performance that makes it running very slow.
Then you may opt to force quit these programs by clicking on the ‘X’ button, located on the toolbar. However, take utmost caution in performing this step to avoid accidentally clicking on an important process.
Quit applications that are unused
You might often forget to close apps right after using them. What happens is that the programs still use CPU resources as they run in the background. Here’s what you can do: Press Command + Q every time you’re done using the program. Furthermore, you can see which applications are still running as indicated by a small dot under the icon on the dock. From there, you may be able to close applications individually by right clicking on the icon then clicking ‘Quit.’
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Close Login Items
If you noticed that your Mac is running super slow right after logging in, it is because you might have too many applications at startup. It happens when you uncheck such option when installing programs that had just accumulated over time.
To avoid accessing these apps at startup, you may do the following: On the dock, open Systems Preferences. Then, click on ’Users & Groups’. Look and select the username you used to log in. Uncheck all the applications you don’t want to use as your Mac starts. You will notice a difference in speed as you perform this step.
Moreover, when you download CleanMyMac 3, it will clean up even your Mac’s Launch Agents. These are small applications running in the background which makes other applications run without your permission. Open CleanMyMac 3, then look for Extensions and ﬁnally click on Launch Agents. All done with just a click.
Optimize the use of graphics
While it may seem negligible, the animations used on your Mac can hog its graphics resources. Having said that, you can follow these steps to increase the speed of your Mac: Open your System Preferences, look for Accessibility, and then tick on ‘Reduce Accessibility.’ Furthermore, you can modify the settings of your Dock for a maximum effect. You can do that by clicking on Dock then select ‘Genie effect.’ That way, it will increase is to its speed as you close or minimize your window.
Use a less RAM-hungry web browser.
Some web browsers are just not created equal. Some may just have a lot of features but take up a lot of resources—Google Chrome, for instance. It totally adds up when you download more extensions. Unless you need it, you should not let it sit there for long. Also, you should lessen the number of browsers you use to keep it running at optimal speed. Instead, you may use the built-in browser of macOS called Safari, which is relatively lighter than most web browsers out there.
Turn off FileVault
FileVault could just be one of the reasons your Mac may be running slow, especially when it’s running on OS X Yosemite. It is recommended to keep FileVault running for your protection; but if in case it’s already doing less by taking up more memory, you may disable it by doing the following: Open Systems Preferences, click on ‘Security & Privacy,’ then click on the FileVault tab. Click on the ‘Turn Off FileVault’ button.
Make your Finder more responsive
Apparently, there’s a way to make your Finder load up faster. You can easily make these changes by clicking on the Finder button then click on Preferences. Select the folder you want to load immediately upon clicking Finder, so as to avoid loading the conventional ’All My Files’ thus making it faster.
Delete junk on your Mac
For somebody who is not knowledgeable in doing this, chances are, it could be overwhelming. Nevertheless, some applications can indeed work its magic only to delete ﬁles that are considered junk.
Thanks to its feature called Safety Database, CleanMyMac 3 will never be mistaken in deleting ﬁles because it is regularly updated with the latest rules and exceptions for Mac.
An average Mac user may have about 50+ gigabytes of junk on his computer—and CleanMyMac 3 could ﬁnd it all. Download CleanMyMac 3 now to see the difference.
Make an SMC reset
Or reboot OSX altogether. Systems Management Controller (SMC) could often solve problems—especially when your MacBook is running extremely slow, or your Mac has troubles connecting to Wi-Fi, for instance—but necessarily be conducting a complete reboot of your Mac. Steps in performing this activity vary depending upon the model of your Mac. The other option is to reset your macOS, provided that you have kept a complete and thorough backup of your ﬁles. However, it is possible to avoid the latter if you have already installed the right application to ﬁx a slow MacBook Pro.
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