5 Common Mistakes That Slow Your Mac Down

When we buy a new computer, it comes problem-free but due to our usage habits, it goes sluggish and faulty. But if you change these 5 common mistakes to slow down your Mac, your computer can again start working as good as new.

When you know why Mac slows down, you can avoid those practices and keep enhanced performance intact or even improve the performance of your Mac. Unlike Windows computers, Mac is not prone to slow down so easily but if you do not handle it with care, even your Mac can get slow down.

Not Upgrading MacOS

A lot of people are still living with a myth that upgrading MacOS will slow down their machine and always ignore the upgrade/update alerts. While others without checking the compatibility, try to install new updates.

You need to understand every update contains bug fixes, new security releases, patches and enhancements that always do better without harming your data or machine. Whenever you receive an alert for software update or upgrade, never ignore them and install them ASAP.

 Not Using an Antivirus

 Most of the users live in a dilemma that MacOS is innocuous. They believe that MacOS can’t be infected and use it without Antivirus or protection software. Though Apple has locked down the core OS components with System Integrity Protection (SIP) and it is not as vulnerable as Windows or Android OS, still security software is very much needed for MacOS.

It is recommended to use Smart Mac Care software to continuously check for threats and optimize the MacOS to give its best performance. Robust malware protection is required to continuously scan incoming and outgoing files before you encounter system failure due to Malware.

Unorganized Photo Library

 We keep on piling up our photos from our smartphones in our systems and it starts taking up a lot of space. Most of the Mac system’s photo libraries are full of a lot of duplicate photos. Regular cleanup of photos, duplicates or burst shots is required with a systematic frequency.

If you can’t take charge of the cleaning process manually, you can make use of one of the Duplicate Photos Fixers to automatically clean duplicate photos and organize the rest of the photos. 

Keep a Lot of Startup Items

If you keep a lot of startup items, your system may start getting sluggish. Whenever you install new software or an app, it automatically adds up in the startup list and loads whenever you boot your system. It is important to optimize your startup items and keep them as low as possible. Whenever you need something, you can initiate the application but is it worthless to keep useless apps in the startup list.

To eliminate unwanted apps, open Activity Monitor and click on the % CPU to sort them by highest consumption. Click on any unnecessary item that is heavy on the processor and consumes a lot of system resources. Click on it and then click on ‘Quit Process’, followed by ‘Force Quit.’

Not Cleaning Clutter Regularly

Every time we use our Mac, it accumulates a lot of clutter on the system RAM and hard drive. All the apps and websites when browsed, saves temporary internet files, cache, cookies, and junk files. This clutter needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. The most common mistake to slow down your Mac is not cleaning this clutter. You can manually clean them or use Tuneup MY Mac system optimizer software.

Step 1. Go to the Finder window and click on ‘Go to Folder’ in the Go menu.

Step 2. Type (~/Library/Caches) without brackets and press enter.

Step 3. Open all the folders one by one and delete everything from the folders.

Step 4. Now type in (/Library/Caches) without brackets and open all the folders one by one and delete all the stuff. This is how to clean junk from Mac from the system.

“Please Note: It is recommended to remove the files inside the folders and not delete the folders.” 

For browser optimization, you may follow these steps.

Step 1. Go to Safari and then click on the ‘Preferences’ option.

Step 2. A new window will open, click on the ‘Privacy’ tab.

Step 3. Click on the ‘Manage Website Data’ button.

Step 4. You would be able to see all the browsing data, cookies, or local storage listed here.

Step 5. You have the option to select them one by one or select all. You can remove them one by one or click on the ‘Remove All’ button.

Summing Up

If you were wondering, why Mac is slowing down, you should check if you are doing any of these mistakes to slow down your Mac. These are the most common mistakes in Mac that may give you performance issues. If you don’t wish your Mac to slow down, you should make use of Smart Mac Care or software like Tuneup My Mac to perform optimization.

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