Speed Up Your Mac
If Your Mac is Losing Speed, You Will Need to Intercede!
If you’re energized and ready to work, but your Mac isn’t sharing your zeal, you realize it’s going to be one long, and exasperating day. Even worse than this however, is that if your Mac runs like this and never gets fixed, it will get so slow that closing a program, or even a tiny file, will take you minutes instead of seconds; that is if it closes at all. By that point, the only thing your Mac will do fast, is raise your blood pressure.
As frustrating as all this can be, all hope is not lost. This is because, even though your Mac has begun to slow down, and at times downright freeze you do not need a new Mac, and more than likely you do not need to upgrade anything. Because your Mac cannot fix this issue itself, it needs you to intercede and do a few things that can help it run faster. One of which is to scan it for problems using a Mac cleaner such as MacKeeper, or Onyx. By learning what is causing it to be slow, you will know what to do to make it faster.
The Usual Suspects:
The first thing that people usually suspect is causing your Mac’s problems are all of the larger apps and other files, that are hogging up space on their hard drive. This is indeed one of the main reasons your Mac can get slow, fortunately there are many things that can be done to empty it out or clean it up.
- Unneeded Apps & More: The first thing to do when clearing up your hard drive is to begin eliminating any unnecessary programs, files, and widgets. To get rid of them, you can drag and drop them to the Trash. You should know however, that this will not remove all of the files, meaning there will still be some fragments left behind. To completely be rid of these items use an uninstaller app or a Mac cleaner that includes an uninstaller like MacKeeper or Speed4Mac.
- Multi Lingual By the Power of 10: Something else that uses a lot of space on your hard drive are language packs. These packs are included on your Mac and along with certain apps which enable you to then choose your language from. There is so much information in so many different languages that it takes up several gigabytes worth of space. Unless you speak a dozen or more languages, you should get rid of these with a Mac cleaner listed above, or a language pack removal program like Monolingual.
The Unusual Suspects:
There are more things that may be cluttering up your hard drive, and these things can also affect your Mac’s memory and its processor. Because these areas are not commonly thought of, or sometimes even known about, they are called our most unusual suspects. If you are familiar with your Mac’s Terminal you may choose to use it to fix a few of these yourself. If however, you prefer to do it safer, and easier there are such options that will clean these areas up in a jiffy.
- Unmaintained Maintenance Scripts: Like any UNIX-based system, OS X runs a series of maintenance scripts to keep everything clean and uncluttered. However, it may miss a scan here or there. To fix this you can either run them yourself by using Terminal, or download a Mac Cleaner such as Onyx, Cocktail, or MacKeeper, to help you out.
- Cluttered Cache: Often an OS X slow-down is the result of stored temporary files, and user and font caches. A fairly simple Terminal command can clear the fonts, by typing in: atsutil databases -remove and you will at least get rid of the font buildup. However, you can more thoroughly, simply, and safely, clean your cache by using a third party app like MacKeeper, or Onyx.
- Fragmentation: The longer you have your Mac the more files you have saved and deleted, meaning that your Mac will have little file fragments spread all helter-skelter, instead of together as they should be. Using a defrag program like Stellar Drive Defrag, will tidy things up again making your Mac run faster and perform better.
- Cluttered Desktop: Much like your real desktop, your Mac desktop can become cluttered with files and folders which will slow it down. The first way to clean it up is to organize your files by putting them in folders. Another way is to use your Terminal to hide everything but the dock, background image, open windows, and the menu bar. To do so type in the following commands, hitting enter after each one: defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false / killall Finder / exit. Note that commands are separated by a black forward slash. To make it visible again replace ‘-boot false’ with ‘-boot true’. For an even easier way try out an app called Desktop Curtain.
Your Speedy Mac is Back!
Even after cleaning up just a few of these areas you will already notice a boost in your Mac’s speed. To keep it from ever getting that way again, it is best to clean these areas on a routine basis. This can best be done by using a Mac cleaning program, which will also help you in a larger way since there are multiple suspects. Using MacKeeper will be of the most help as it has all the necessary cleaning tools to keep your Mac from ever getting slow again.
Moreover, if your Mac is needing more than a preventative cleaning, you can rest assured that the MacKeeper program will repair any issues and get your Mac back to being speedy in no time. Besides being a multi-cleaner it is also an antivirus program, which is just one more reason why MacKeeper is the most used and preferred Mac cleaner. So if you have the need for speed, use a multi-cleaner like MacKeeper, it will keep your Mac fast and in tip-top shape!