Spring Clean your Mac

 

Apple Macs are supremely fast and capable machines, but even the best computer slows down over time. There are all kinds of reasons your computer could be slowing down and you’re seeing that revolving beach ball more and more.

So before you go looking for Apple Mac repairs in London, or simply give up and buy a new computer, there are a number of steps you can take to put a spring back in your Mac’s step. Here are just a few:

1. Check your login details

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A slow boot-up can be simply painful to sit through and it is one of the easiest things to fix. Often it’s simply a case of too many applications automatically firing up on start-up. So go to System Preferences, then Users & Groups and then the Login Items tab. This will give you a list of programs that come to life with your computer; simply uncheck the ones you really don’t need and your start-up process will speed up.

2. Close down CPU hogs

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If your computer cannot take it when the bottom bar is full of open applications, you need to know what is really causing the problem. The Activity Monitor will show you the programs that are really eating your CPU and memory resources. Simply switching from Firefox to Chrome can make a big difference to your overall computing power.

3. Clean your hard drive

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This is the big job, but there are tools to help with the task. First, you have to do the grunt-work. Remove the programs you don’t use and put your pictures on a separate hard drive. Once the average hard drive goes beyond 80% capacity, it can really start to creak and when it’s close to full, you can expect your Mac to really slow down. So get rid of anything you can.

4. Run disk utility

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Run a simple Repair Disk program to clean up any permissions that have become corrupted over time. If you want to be really thorough, get OnyX, a free program that will remove cached items and free up vast amounts of space.

5. Upgrade your OS

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Simply running the latest software can make a big difference to your computer’s overall speed. System speed is one of the major focal points for Apple and every major OS change means potential improvements in the speed, more so with newer computers. In addition any corrupted files, missing files etc causing issues will be replaced with new files during the upgrade.