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May 21, 2008

How To Fix Sluggish MacOS? - Hunt Down Process or Hogs

How To Fix Sluggish MacOS?
Hunt Down Process or Hogs

Has your Mac suddenly become sluggish? The problem may be a hidden program that doesn’t pop up in the Force Quit menu. To spot these troublemakers, you can do this tricks :
  1. First, Launch Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities) and,
  2. From the pop-up menu at the top of the window, Choose My Processes.
    • This shows the activity of any currently running applications (and their associated helper programs) and widgets.
    • Keep in mind that none of your Mac’s hidden Unix processes appear in the window (which is good, because you don’t want to mess with this stuff unless you know what you’re doing).
  3. When you’ve located an item that appears to be gumming up the works (a helper program that didn’t quit with its host program, for example), Select It & Click On The Quit Process button at the top of the window.
    • Activity Monitor offers an additional advantage: it can show you what’s occupying your Mac’s mind.
    • Just click on the CPU column to see which applications are hammering on your Mac’s CPU.
    • Or take a look at the Real Memory column to view the RAM hogs you’re running.
If quitting the hidden process doesn’t solve your slowdowns, try restarting your Mac. This will usually clear out the cobwebs and get your system back up to speed.

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