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Mac OS X optimization, Slow performance issue -Fixed

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    The Best article on Mac OS X optimization- More than 30 steps to speed up your Mac

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    If your Mac is running slow or you think it should be optimized so here are few recommended steps you can follow to speed up your Mac.

    Macs usually don't need much in the way of maintenance, but they can definitely use some cleanup from time to time, especially after heavy use.

    But before you do any cleaning or maintenance task on your Mac it is always a good idea to back up your data. For Macs, it's easy: grab an external drive and run Time Machine .

    Step 1. Stop unnecessary Start up items.

    When you turn your Mac on it starts loading the boot file then other operating system files to start the Mac completely so that you can work on it.At the same time after loading all the boot and operating system files it also loads all the start up items like safari, Mozilla, iTunes, iTunes helper, dropbox, CleanMyDrive which are checked under login items. Unchecking them will reduce startup time and you can start those program later without any trouble when you wanna use them.

    In order to remove unnecessary startup or login Items, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen.



    Then Go to System Preferences > and then open Users & Groups



    and then click on the user name on the left and then click on the Login Items tab to see a list of the apps that open when you boot your Mac. Uncheck the apps you don't need at startup.

    On the hard drive, there are a few more folders you can check:
    Macintosh HD –> Library –> LaunchAgents
    Macintosh HD –> Library –> LaunchDaemons
    Macintosh HD –> Library –> StartupItems
    Macintosh HD –> Users –> Your Home Folder –> Library –> LaunchAgents
    Macintosh HD –> Users –> Your Home Folder –> Library –> StartupItems
    These folders contain .plist files which launch background processes (backups, VPNs, etc.). You can delete items you recognize as outdated or programs no longer needed; for example, as above you may see some items with Symantec in their filenames, or an old backup program you’re no longer using. An Administrator password will be required. Not all of these folders may exist on your system.

    Note that in OS X 10.7 and above the User Library folder is invisible by default; to make it visible,Click on the Go in the Finder an hold down the Option key make the Library visible.

    Step 2. Update Your OS
    Regardless of which OS X version you are using, updating your software to the latest version is clearly worth doing.Apple keeps posting system software updates and even occasionally produces firmware updates for its computers. Some of these can have a positive effect on performance.You can check the latest version of your Mac by clicking here. And compare the OS X version on your Mac by clicking on the Apple icon on the top left corner and selecting About This Mac as shown in the Pic-22(M) below.



    You can also click on the Software Update... button right underneath the Mac OS X version shown in the pic-22(M) above or just click on the software update option in Apple menu to update your Mac.

    if there is any update available for your Mac you will get message windows like Pic-22(n) below.




    To update your software, first ensure your Mac is connected to both a power supply and the Internet.Then click Install update.

    Step 3. Clean up your Mac's Memory( RAM )
    Activity Monitor, located in the Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities folder,You can Open it from Utilities folder or directly open it with the help of spotlight by typing activity monitor in the spotlight search option on the Top right corner as shown in the pic-22(o) below.





    Mac OS X has fairly good memory management but it’s not perfect, and sometimes RAM can be held unnecessarily in the “inactive” state despite the contents no longer being needed.

    Your Mac likes to cache things in your "free" RAM so if you need them later you can load them quickly. This might be nice sometimes, but if you are not using those thing for a long time it is worthless and will eat up some of your Memory which also results in slowing your Mac down.

    If your work involves software like Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Premiere,Microsoft Word , CAD programs and a variety of games or other high-end memory-hungry applications they leave huge number of cache files in RAM even after you quit them so your Mac's Memory might be filled with huge number of cache files in inactive memory that you could be using for other tasks.You could clean the inactive Cache using a Free Tool Memory Clean.You can Download it from Mac App Store.

    Memory Clean- It is the ultimate app for optimizing your Mac's memory.Memory Clean works by purging the Mac's inactive memory and is best used when you close an intensive app that you do not plan to use again quickly within a few hours.it will clean up the caches the app left scattered in system memory.

    It creates an icon in Mac's menu bar and shows you memory statistics whenever you want them. If you find your RAM is filling up because OS X isn't doing a great job of cleaning it out and things are slowing it down as a result, you can clear out the contents yourself as shown in the Pic-22(q) below.


    There are multiple memory optimization software available.A similar to them is Memory Diag which is also very famous among them.But you can also do it manually using the Purge Command.

    To Clean up your Mac's Memory manually using command

    Launch Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following command
    > purge

    Step 4. Clean up your Hard Drive
    If you want the most of your Mac and want to increase its speed drastically , cleaning your hard drive is by far the best and easiest way to speed up your Mac. Go through your hard drive and clean out everything that’s slowing it down! What exactly is slowing it down? Caches, logs, apps, widgets, language packs, plugins, hidden trashes, and large files.

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