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5 Simple Tips to Optimize Mac Performance

March 16, 2017

Every computer slows down with time, and Mac is not an exception. The problem arises when boot-ups and normal tasks, such as saving files, begin to take more than a few seconds. The experience is enough for you to  consider replacing your Mac. Before you consider such drastic action, please explore the simple ways to optimize the performance of your Mac. Mac optimization is not rocket science and doesn’t require breaking your bank.

To help, here are five simple and affordable tips to optimize the performance of your Mac.

1. Remove Old Apps and Files

Begin by getting rid of any junk such as large unused files and old applications that are consuming your hard disk space. When deleting applications, make sure that you remove both the application and related caches, preferences, and logs. Reputable Mac maintenance software such as iDoctor can help you remove any application and its related preferences, caches, and logs, freeing up space on your Mac’s hard drive.

2. Reduce Startup Items

If your Mac takes ages to boot up, chances are there are too many applications that launch by default when you start the system. Reducing the number of startup items helps increase your Mac’s boot up speed and optimize its performance.

To accomplish the task:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.

  2. Click Login Items.

  3. Select the apps that you do not want to open at bootup.

  4. Click the minus sign button below the list to remove those apps.

3. Use the Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is a built-in feature that enables the users to check which files or applications are using system resources the most. You can see the amount of CPU power, in addition to the amount of disk space and memory that an app is using. You can then find alternate apps that require less CPU power and close any unwanted apps that are running in the background.

4. Replace HDD with SSD

One of the most effective steps when it comes to Mac optimization is to replace its Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD). SSDs boot and launch applications fast, in addition to faster data transfer. SDDs are also resistant to fragmentation, one of the primary reasons behind slow computer speeds. Finally, SSDs are less noisy and consume less power.

5. Install the Latest OS X

Apple keeps releasing new versions of OS X that contain security features and performance enhancements. If you are still using an old OS X, such as the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, updating your system to the latest macOS 10.12 Sierra will certainly help you in your Mac’s optimization. Even if your system’s hardware does not support the latest OS X version, make sure that your system is as up-to-date as it can be.


Besides junk and bloatware, one of the biggest reasons for slow Mac performance is malware. Viruses and trojans slow down your Mac and harm private files and folders. To heal the system and stay protected, install an effective Mac maintenance tool, such as iDoctor. iDoctor is an app that you can rely on for online and offline security, getting rid of junk and optimizing your Mac’s performance. Use the software to monitor disk space, remove file copies, and take advantage of a  many other tools for your Mac. To download the product, click here. If you wish to get in touch with us, fill out our contact form.

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