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How to Deactivate Startup Items in Mac OS X

August 15, 2016

From time to time they may slow down the login process and make the work on your Mac irritating. Sometimes older versions of the apps store items in the system folder that simply clutters the system. Let’s take a look at two ways on how to deactivate login items.

By using iDoctor:

There are 3 steps to disable login items with iDoctor:

  1. Download and install iDoctor.

  2. Click Login Items and start the scanning process.

  3. Select the items that you want to remove.

Manually:

You can manage all processes on your Mac in System Preferences:

  1. Go to the System Prefferences > Users & Groups > Login Items.

  2. In the list under the Login Items button, you can see all apps that launch during the login process.

  3. Select the items that you don’t want to start together with the system, and then click ‘-’. That’s it.

 

Before Yosemite, the Mac OS used to store the login items in two folders, /Library/StartupItems and /System/Library/StartupItems. Now these folders should typically be empty, but if not, remove all files from the folders:

  1. Open Spotlight Search and paste the path either to the /Library/StartupItems or /System/Library/StartupItems folder.

  2. Check the folders and remove items if avaliable.

Download iDoctor to remove the startup items quickly and easily.

 

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