If your beloved Mac computer is currently running slow, freezing and generally being a nuisance, look no further. Here we have covered some general Mac troubleshooting tips that can get your computer out of that sticky spot of bother and running like new again!
Turn off Mac Screen Savers
Funky screen savers are great but not if they could be causing your Mac to run slow. Screen savers can actually cause conflicts within your computer making it play up, particularly if you have downloaded it from a third party website or an unreliable source. Theoretically you should not have any issues using a pre installed Apple screen saver as they have be designed to be seamlessly compatible with your Mac.
How to Turn Off Screen Saver on Mac
If you suspect that your screensaver is causing more trouble than it is worth, simply delete it or change it by going Apple menu > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and make the necessary changes here.
If you found the screensaver instructions above a little too rushed, please see our article ‘How to Change Mac Screen Saver’ for easy breezy step-by-step tips.
Check Mac Start Up (Login) Items
Mac Start-Up (also known as Login items) can be great if you have a concrete routine every morning as it saves you that little bit of time opening up apps individually. However, making your Mac wake up its internals and battle to open up several apps simultaneously can cause conflicts, making it running frustrating slow.
If you believe that your Mac Start-Up Items are upsetting your groggy Mac, then simple disable the apps from opening during the booting up of your computer. Just follow Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups and select the Start Up or Login tab to edit the demands.
Check Mac Permissions
If you or other users are experiencing problems when trying to open up an item or app, it could be down how your permissions are set. For example, the main admin user of the Mac (usually the admin user is first account that was ever created on the Mac) has the ability to restrict the movements of other users. There may be a permission on the unresponsive item that was accidentally set in your permissions and is effecting the way you or another user account can work on it. I suggest you go an take a quick look at the set permissions and see if there is an unwanted restriction in place.
How to Check Permissions on Mac
1.) Select the item in the Finder (the item may be a text document, a file or app etc)
2.) Click on the ‘File’ tab from the Finder toolbar
3.) Scroll through the drop down menu to the ‘Get info’ option.
4.) At the bottom is a category called ‘Sharing & Permissions’. Here you will be able to set and lift any restrictions or permissions to allow other users, or yourself to read, write or have no access to the item in question.
Check for Mac Viruses
Due to Apple machines being so irresistible and popular unfortunately there are hundreds of thousand of breeding Mac targeted bugs and viruses buzzing about the internet. If your Mac is running uncharacteristically slow it may have been struck down by a hungry virus. Not to worry, there are some great Mac softwares such as award winning MacKeeper, Norton for Mac and Kaspersky for Mac that can help eradicated the virus and restore damaged files.
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If you have exhausted the Mac troubleshooting options above and your Mac is still devilishly slow or playing up, then a spot of spring cleaning should do the trick!
Specialist Mac Cleaning softwares like MacKeeper and CleanMyMac can free up potentially gigabytes of disk space from old, unwanted and duplicate files, as well polishing up your Macs insides as go as new with their impressive array of Mac maintenance tools.
I personally clean my Mac out every few months to get that signature snappy Apple Mac speed back again.