5. Get rid of any unnecessary startup items.

When your computer first turns on some applications are automatically loaded – drivers and little add-ons.  Some of these may be unnecessary. Here’s how to get rid of them.

   Login Items

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– Open System Preferences. (from the Apple menu up the top left of your screen)

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Click ‘Users and Groups (4th line down)

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Click on ‘Login Items’

This is a list of all the applications that are set to open when you first boot OS-X. There may be some that you do not need anymore.  Delete the ones you don’t need. (Don’t delete any if you are unsure of what they do. Do a google search to find out what they do first).

I had 12 and I paired it down to these 6 which I wanted to keep.  Notice that these are all little e’helper’ apps that increase productivity or add features to OS X. But they actually slow things down as well, so it’s good to only have them enabled if you use them.

   Launch Agents and Startup Items

These little helper apps and drivers can also be in another area…

Select the ‘Go to Folder…’ from the ‘Go’ dropdown menu and type in ‘/Library/LaunchAgents

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Delete any from there that are obviously not needed.

But wait, there’s more… you can do the same for ‘/Macintosh HD/Library/StartupItems/

I was able to delete an old Driver from a wacom tablet I haven’t used for years, some google files I never authorised, some old Testra modem software and more!

6. Get more memory

If you don’t have enough memory in your computer it will certainly slow things down.  This article will help you work out if you have enough memory.

7. Get rid of ‘Mac Keeper’ and Virus Checkers.

Any extra app will use system resources. I found that ‘Mac Keeper’ which claimed it would speed up my Mac was actually slowing things down at start-up so I removed it.

I don’t run any  anti-virus software on my Mac at all.

Well that’s it for my list. There are some other tricks out there but these are the main ones. Doing some or all of these things should result in a noticeable speed up in boot time if things were running a bit slowly.

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11 Comments

  1. I’m interested but very new to Mac. Not sure which startup items are not necessary. And “no antivirus”? That sounds risky as I am coming from Windows machines exclusively since the time of Windows 3.1 (long time!)

      1. I do not know. This is a new iMac direct from Apple store with OS X 10:11:13. I have set up my email account and added an external WD HDD for Time Machine backups. It starts up pretty fast anyway with 3.3 GHz i7, 16 GB Ram and 512GB Flash drive.

      2. There were Mac viruses but they were back in the days of the Classic OS (c1990s( and don’t work under OSX

  2. Ken, you really don’t need an antivirus on Mac. My OS X installation running well since 2008 until now, even a lot of USB flash drive connected to exchange files and open a lot of files there. Never heard a real virus here. The only things you have to watchout is a trojan, which you ramdonly downloaded from internet and you installed it with admin access.

  3. point 5.
    i did delete all files in these two folders:
    1. /Macintosh HD/Library/StartupItems/
    2. /Library/LauchAgents
    and now my monitor display nothing except black screen.
    how can i restore those deleted files?
    thanks!

  4. Hi I wonder if you can help me I have 27inch Mid 2011macOS High Sierra ver 10.13.6
    processor 3.4GHzIntel Corei7
    Memory 32gb
    Hard drive 1TB SATA Disk
    Available 781.42GB
    Virginmedia with cable in to the router
    But it takes a while to boot up sometimes Clean my mac pops up but I uninstalled it but I can’t find that file that pops up
    Any help would be great
    Regards
    Steve

    1. Certainly have plenty of RAM!
      A 2011 i7 should work for a little bit longer as long as you don’t need to upgrade to Catalina, but that HDD will definitely be slowing you down (if it is not an SSD drive).

      You will need to toss up whether you wold upgrade to an SSD drive or wait and get a new computer.

    2. “Clean my Mac” is a malware, serving others – not you. Most probably it is the reason for slowness too – it installs lots of “ad-ware” agents that enslave your Mac to the advertisers paying “Clean my Mac”.

      Your Mac is both strong, new, and relatively empty, so there should not be a slow boot (Can you please also state how long – in seconds it takes to cold-boot ?)

      My recommendation to you: Download and run “MalwareBytes” – a kind of free virus+adware identifier and remover. I does have a payed mode – but for your purpose – just checking once if there’s any adware/malware installed on your iMac, the free version should suffice. you’ll find it here: https://malwarebytes.com

      If after running it, and supposing it found nothing suspicious on your iMac, you still boot slowly – it is time to check how many things you allowed your Mac to automatically run at boot time (have you installed many extensions, add-ons, drivers, etc. ?) Maybe some of these also attempt to communicate with remote internet servers – this may take lots of time depending on network conditions, and again may slow down your booting time. But please report your MalwareBytes results before we go on.

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