6 Tips to Keeping Your Mac Running Fast

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Why is my computer running slow?

It’s a question we’re often asked.

Making sure your machine stays running fast can sometimes be hard to keep on top of, but with a few simple fixes, you’re able to keep OSX running smoothly, even if your machine is a few years old.



  • Removing Malware

The first step is to make sure there is no malicious software slowing down your machine. There are some great pieces of software that can help you make sure your machine is virus free. Malwarebytes helps to remove anything that is slowing down your machine or potentially poses a threat to your machine. It also claims to “protect you from dangerous threats that antivirus doesn’t.” You can try Malwarebytes for free for 14 days, after that licenses start at $34.95 for 1 year.

  • Removing Mackeeper or similar software

You’ll find a lot of software out there that will claim to clean up your machine, when really, it’s doing quite the opposite. Mackeeper is the most notorious of these but certainly not the only one. Mackeeper, by definition, is malware. Malware being “a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software”. Mackeeper can be very difficult to uninstall at times, especially if you want to make sure it hasn’t left any lingering files. A great guide to uninstalling Mackeeper can be found here.

  • Repair Disk Permissions

When you install programs on your Mac, each comes with permission files. These files basically tell your Mac which users can do what with specific files. Over time these permissions get changed by other software and can cause lots of issues with the speed and running of your Mac. Luckily, it’s quite easy to fix this using Disk Utility. Spotlight search for Disk Utility, click on your hard drive (usually called Macintosh HD), and then click Verify Permissions or First Aid on newer versions of OSX. This will scan for any issues. If it does find any issues, you will either be prompted to Repair Permissions or it will begin automatically.

  • Remove Login Items

Too many programs trying to start up when you log in to your computer can result in a very, very slow log in time. If you open System Preferences, click on Users & Groups, then your user account, and then click on Login Items. From there, anything that you don’t require immediately on start up can be removed, hopefully resulting in a fast log in time.

  • Activity Monitor

Spotlight search for Activity Monitor and you will easily be able to see what is using the bulk of your processing power or memory at any given time. By checking what’s using the most of your CPU and Memory, you can decide whether those programs are worth keeping, worth shutting down or whether you might require an upgrade to your RAM.

  • Delete Old Programs and Large Unused Files

It’s also always important to go through your machine every so often and look for old programs or large files that you’re not using. A quick check through your Applications folder, or Control Clicking on folders to Get Info and find out how much space they’re taking up, can be incredibly beneficial in freeing up space on your hard drive and decluttering your machine.

A slow computer is one of the most frustrating things in the world these days, but by following these simple steps, you should be able to keep your machine running like it’s brand new. For more tips and news, check out our other blog posts, or sign up to our newsletter.

Patrick Kirkman

How to speed up your Mac

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Speed up your Mac

7 easy to implement tips to speed up your Mac.


1. Manage start up items

If you have too many applications that open when you turn on your computer this will slow down your Mac.

To stop applications opening at start up go to:

System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items

Here you will be able to see a list of applications that open when you switch on your Mac. Uncheck the applications you don’t need to run at start up to speed up your Mac


2. Clean up your hard drive

There are almost always files and applications on your Mac that you don’t need. Mac’s built-in Disk Utility will allow you to clean up your hard drive. Here ‘s how:

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Click on your hard drive in the panel on the left
  3. Click the First Aid tab
  4. Click Repair Disk

This will run a scan of your Mac and make any repairs

Songs and photos often take up a lot of space on your Mac. Consider exporting them to an external drive to free up space and speed up your Mac.

Delete any applications you don’t need by dragging them to the trash. Also clear your downloads folder. Deleting applications by dragging them to trash will leave some old files. So consider an uninstall program either free or paid to clear space on your Mac.


3. Activity Monitor

Open the activity monitor on your Mac to view what programs are using the most memory. You might find that there are some programs using a lot of data that don’t need to be running all the time.


4. Clear your desktop

By reducing the number of items on your desktop you can speed up your Mac. This is because the desktop is the first screen to load and icons require more resources to load. Delete these files or put them into folders.


5. Update your hardware

Updating your Mac’s OS will ensure you have the latest features and ensure your Mac is running at its optimum.

To update your OS go to the Mac App store and switch to the ‘Updates’ tab.


6. Run an anti-virus

Mac’s are less susceptible to viruses than PC’s but that doesn’t mean they don’t get them at all. We all know that Trojans, worms and viruses slow down a computer’s performance. An anti-virus will identify any nasty items and remove them, significantly boosting the speed of your Mac.


7. Add RAM

One of the easiest ways to speed up your Mac is to add more memory!

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  • Extra 8GB of RAM
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Via: cnet; hongkiat; digitaltrends; wikihow