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Why Is My Mac Running Slow

Why Is My Mac Running Slow

Mac running slow


Sometimes the famous Mac computers do run slow and causes frustration even anger with its users.  MILL Street Computers has encountered this problem frequently and we have found a simple solution.  There are basically 5 easy tips to answer why “my mac is running slow”.

TIP #1: Clean out your start up.

Some applications automatically install or you may select a program to set them as a “startup item”, unlike other programs startup programs open at every restart or login. Not having you mac program in startup does not mean the program will not s tart, it just means you will have to manually start the program.  Here is how you can find what is in your startup menu items list.

Go to Apple Menu then select-> System Preferences then select-> Accounts ->              then select-> Login Items. You may be surprised at how many programs you have running on your memory.

First look at everything listed and decide what are you go to remove, when you have made your decision then go through and  select the program you want off the list simply by clicking on the program’s name and then click on the “minus” select button at the bottom of the list. Make sure that you know what you’re removing never remove something that indicates an operating system or a critical program, you may accidently disable a critical function for the next time you restart. If you have question always feel you can contact: MSC to get your answers.

Tip#2: Turn off programs that you do not use.

Check your “system preferences” section while you still have the Apple menu open.  You will find the menu has included many of very useful features as preferences. To many selected however, can make your Mac run slow, decide after carefully looking at each item if you the program is useful to you, some examples are: Universal Access (which offers help for visually and hearing impaired users) or Bluetooth (which allows certain devices to be used wirelessly). If you are not going to such programs, turn them off and verify your action.

Tip#3: Clean Out ‘Other’ System Preferences 

You should still have preference open if not reopen and look at the bottom section of your System Preferences screen, labeled “Other”. Looking at these programs ask yourself, “Do I have too many items on this list?” “Do I know what function they serve?” “Do I use what they perform?”                                                                                                               If you find a Preference Pane program that you don’t use or you use only occasionally, disable it by turning it off within the Preference Pane itself or remove it from the folder “~/Library/PreferencePanes”).


Tip#4: Cool off

The new MacBooks has a reputation for running very hot; the truth is, all computers including MACs will run more efficiently with a cooler processor. Even though the Apple engineers largely fixed the cooling issue in MacBooks, there are utility software programs online, which allow you to change the features of your fan dynamics, regulating when the MacBook’s fan turns on and off. Obtaining this software will allow your Mac book to run cooler, which maximizes performance.  Keep in mind that it will exhaust your battery’s power if you do not have an electrical power supply.

Tip#5: Clean out your hard drive.

The new hard drive today hold a lot of data, however, if you are not careful you can fill 500 gigs with programs, videos and pictures in no time. Full drives can cause many problems including slowdowns.  So go through and remove as many pictures, files and videos as possible onto an external drive.  Then if you are still asking yourself, why is my MAC running slow you may have a hidden problem.  Look at your trash bin on your MAC.  Some owners have never cleaned this out and may have hundreds of Gigs stored.  Make it a routine procedure to clean your trash bin on a regular basis.

Did you know MAC operating software is designed to use the extra memory on your hard drive and convert it to virtual memory? Virtual memory or RAM can speed up and effect how fast programs and web pages load.


If you have performed all of these operations and still have not accomplish the speed you need or want you may have other underlying problems.  We recommend that you contact us and find out what you need to do to resolve this issue.  You can contact us at: