A slow Mac is an unhealthy Mac, and one that is certainly not running at its peak performance. If, just like a beloved pet, your Macs OS isn’t properly and routinely taken care of it can become unhealthy or start showing some ‘behavioral’ issues. There are many things that can cause your Mac’s deteriorating health, two of the biggest being fragmented files, and unnecessary programs. Just these two things alone can lead to lower processor speeds and less free disk space.
The most common instinct of a person with an unhealthy and slow Mac is to visit their local “Mac Hospital” (aka Apple Customer Service Center), but getting professional technicians to repair your Mac is costly and not everyone can afford the fee. So what’s the antidote for your Mac’s ailment? Fortunately for you the antidote involves some fairly easy cleaning work if you have the right tools and learn a little Mac cleaning 101, all of which you can do from your own home.
Benefits of a Fast Mac
When your processor is able to run faster it can more evenly divide data among all active applications and processes it all equally, which in turn means your Mac will operate more efficiently, be able to quickly respond to commands, and have an overall optimized performance.
Less Chance of Overheating
Because fast Macs deliver higher efficiency of processing power there are fewer instances where the Mac becomes overheated. A cooler Mac can save users from having damaged hardware, and other problems like their system locking up and crashing down.
A fast Mac means enhanced multi-tasking capabilities. This saves you time by allowing you to do more at the same time with little need to worry about the processor becoming over utilized.
Booting time is greatly reduced with a fast Mac due to less time being taken to load applications at startup. Much of this has to do with the fact that the Mac’s startup list is purged of unnecessary applications and system process, both of which use precious processing power.
A fast Mac is more energy-efficient because it will have fewer instances of overheating and overloading.
Why is my Mac running Slow
Finding what is slowing your Mac down and what’s ailing it can be done through some of your Mac’s resources, utilities, tools and third party applications. Another way to find what is making your Mac sluggish is by looking into some areas of your Mac that you may have forgotten even exist.
Finding the Main Culprits of an Ailing Mac
Activity Monitor comes built-in with the Mac OS and is a great resource for optimizing the performance of your slow Mac. With the monitor you can review a list of the system processes and third-party applications that are actively running in the background as well as how much of your Macs resources they are taking up. You can then identify which of these are not serving any useful purpose and shut them down if you want, just be very careful and aware of what you’re closing so that you don’t cause further problems.
Start-up is another area that if filled with applications will cause your Mac to be slower. If this area has a lot of applications it will take your Mac longer to boot. Some of these you may not have put there yourself, as many third party apps love to automatically install themselves in your start-up list. These are more difficult to remove. With other apps you can simply drag them off your menu bar and onto the desktop where they will disappear. With the third party apps however, you will need a program like Speed4Mac that has an uninstaller, or you will need to track down the apps website and try to find an uninstaller for i which will still leave some residuals behind.
Mac’s hard drive is often the biggest culprit on a slow Mac. When you’re in Activity Monitor you can check the amount of available free space you have on your hard drives. If you have less than 20% of free space available on your hard drive then you definitely need to begin taking some action by freeing up some space. To do so you need to clean your Mac of any unnecessary applications. Also, make it a point to properly uninstall them rather than simply deleting them. When you just drag and drop them to the trash you still leave pieces behind, pieces that are hard to find unless you use an uninstaller.
Miscellaneous junk, also known as useless language packs, caches, binaries, cookies, old logs and records eat up the virtual memory of the Mac and also take up room on the hard drive. Getting rid of language packs alone can give you back 2-4 GB of hard drive space. Deleting a lot of these things will speed your Mac up instantly.
Virtual memory to a computer is what an engine is to a car. It is the driving force of the computer and determines what the maximum speed your Mac is capable of. Therefore, it is worth your gain to ensure that your virtual memory is not being uselessly squandered.
Programs such as animated desktop wallpapers, widgets, universal access, and bluetooth are a great waste of memory and will slow your Mac down. To fix this you can shut down such programs or uninstall them if they’re unneeded.
Can Mac Tools or Utilities Fix a Slow Mac?
To a degree, would be the answer to the above question. For instance, Mac’s in-built Disk Utility servicing tool is great for maintenance purposes. It ensures that your disks are in tip condition. It is always a good thing to use the Disk Utility tool to be sure your slow Mac isn’t due to any damaged sectors, corrupted files, or lost clusters. IF any of this is the case, this tool will give you a quick and easy way to repair your hard-drive and ensure optimized performance. Other than that, you will have to manually do the uninstalling of programs, apps, and files you do not need, unless you purchase a third party application that does it for you.
Speed4Mac: The Perfect Antidote for a Slow Mac
Doing it yourself, which can be done in some areas of cleaning, is not just time consuming it is also difficult. Finding pieces of every file or application after they have been spread all over your Mac’s system, is difficult to say the least. Whenever you delete or trash something yourself you never fully get rid of it. This actually leads to more problems because these fragments start taking up valuable memory and space on your hard drive, both of which slow the processors and make it slow all around.
Speed4Mac is a great alternative to doing it yourself, and it is a very useful tool for people who are tired of using a slow Mac. Speed4Mac properly uninstalls applications and programs from the Mac completely cleaning all traces of programs that are virtually undetectable when you’re manually deleting. From caches, logs, junk, binaries and language sets to universal extensions and duplicate files, Speed4Mac is your one-button solution for a slow Mac, one that will make your Mac fast again within minutes after download.