There are many reasons why your Mac may be running slow, or why certain bothersome applications may be up to no good and negatively effect computers performance. Luckily, no matter how embarrassingly sluggish your machine is, a slow Mac is usually very easy to fix and can nearly always be done from the comfort of your sofa.
In order to fix a problem you have to identify the cause! Bellow is a lost of the top most notorious reasons your Mac is slow and of course how to fix it…
Over Crowded Disk Space
Snaillike processing speed can be caused by something as simple as an over crowded Disk Space. Your Mac Disk Space it the place in which all of our saved and downloaded files are safely stored on our hard drive. If you are a self confessed hoarder, then you can easily check how much Disk Space you have already used up and how much you have left. You can even find out why type of data i.e. photos, that are taking up the most room.
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If you know your disk space is at least over half full (anything over the half way point may cause a dip in performance) then you can easily free up gigabytes of important space by safely deleting old unwanted files, duplicates and much more manually or with a professional Mac Cleaner.
For more information on how a Mac Cleaner can do this on auto, take a look at our review ‘Best Mac Cleaner Software Comparison’.
Slow issues may be a result of to little Random Access Memory aka ‘RAM’. If you notice that your Mac is running slow mostly when you have more than two programs or apps open simultaneously, then you may have insufficient RAM. You can easily upgrade your RAM either by yourself or with the help of a professional Mac expert. This can significantly boost your Macs speed and enable it to run heavy demanding programs such as Adobe Photoshop, alongside each other seamlessly.
For more information on RAM feel free to browse our article ‘How to Check Mac RAM Memory Space’.
A Rouge App Wreaking Havoc
Ask yourself when you first noticed your Macs performance dipping. Had you recently installed an app or software?
A frustratingly slow Mac could even be down to a single naughty app. Every app is made with code and just like a website, all it takes is for one of the thousands of digits to be incorrect to cause an array of terrible problems. Apple apps are nearly always perfectly crafted, so unless you have been tampering with one yourself it is unlikely to be one of those. Although a reputable app produce problems if something went wrong with the download.
If it is a rouge app wrecking havoc, then it is important you remove every bit of the apps files. Simply trashing it will still leave lots of traces files imbedded deep in your hard drive. For a safe and secure removal, I recommend allowing the help of a Mac Uninstaller program.
If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of Mac Uninstallers, check our review article ‘How To Uninstall on Mac’.
Check for Software Updates
Most apps, wether it be products by Apple themselves or third party providers, your apps will receive updates. It is very important to update your apps whenever their is a newer version available. Not only will it potentially provide new exciting features, and help keep horrible hackers and bugs at bay, but it will also ensure the program is running at peek performance.
So if one or two of your apps are running slower than an obese ant carrying a heavy twig up the steep incline of their ant hill, then I would check to see if it needs an update.
Tip – Save oodles of time by setting your Mac to receive update alerts in your System Preferences. That way, you will know whenever there is an update available and will never be out of date again.
A Nasty Virus Bug
Just like when we catch a nasty infectious cold, we also feel a bit sluggish and not up to peak performance. While Apple Macs have a better inbuilt immune system than other brands, they are not bullet proof. With the popularity of Macs rocketing every year, so is the number Apple targeted viruses. You can check to see if your Mac has a virus by downloading a free trial of a top Mac Antivirus software. I personally recommend Norton for Mac, Kasperky for Mac and Mackeeper. If they find a virtual critter, then either of these top programs should be able to safely eradicated it.
My Mac is Still Slow?!
If your Mac is still slow and you are really not sure what it could be caused by, then use this secret weapon… Activity Monitor.
Every Mac has an inbuilt Activity Monitor that allows you to see exactly how much processing power and memory is being used by live apps. So whenever your Mac begins to run slowly, go and take a peek at your activity monitor, it may well reveal the culprit… good luck! For mmore information, check out our article ‘How to Use Your Mac Activity Monitor’.