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Removing unnecessary background programs

by oneCNETuser / July 30, 2009 4:18 AM PDT

Hi, i have a Mac OSX 10.4 Intel Core 2 Duo 15" MacBook Pro. I was wondering if anyone knows any free software or how to stop unnecessary background processes and programs that can potentially slow down my laptop. I used to use a Windows computer and in order to remove unnecessary background programs and processes from occuring, i have to go to Run and enter msconfig. Does anyone know if my Mac OS X 10.4 would need to do any of that or are there really know unneccessary background processes running that are currently slowing down my laptop, thanks ppl.

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Removing unnecessary background programs
by sturner--2008 / July 30, 2009 6:07 AM PDT

There shouldn't be any unnecessary background programs running under OS X. The only "additional" background processes running would be those that you added by installing other programs.

To remove those programs, trash the programs.

You can go into Utilities > Activity Monitor and see the processes. You can stop the processes. Some will stop the OS from performing correctly. It is NOT advisable to do this unless you know exactly what things are for.

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try looking in the Library and Log In Items in Accounts
by gods_son_is_me / August 2, 2009 1:27 AM PDT

A lot of programs install startup items which can take RAM and processor.
Also TechTool Pro runs in the background. Some Virus checkers can slow things too.
Look for programs you don't know or need in those places and remove.
Also, runnung cach cleaners like Onyx, Cocktail and <MainMenu gan speed up things dramatically.
An overfull HD will also slow things down considerably. Always have at least 10-15&%free space on any HD

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