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Old Sep 22nd, 2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hamster wheel just keeps turning and turning

My mac has been running slow lately and Im hard wired with ultra high speed. I do go to sites that are not kid friendly just to be honest and was wondering from what Ive read there is no spyware for Mac's. What could be causing my machine to run slow, even inserting my itouch and Iphone4 that color wheel just turns and turns multi tasking forget about it. Its the 19" and has 1GB of Ram. Any thoughts
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Old Sep 22nd, 2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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1GB of RAM is most certainly a factor... upgrade it to as much as your machine can hold.

Ensure you're running the latest version of your browser(s), latest Flash plugins, etc.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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Could you provide more detail? What version of OS X? What do you have running at any given time? RAM could most certainly be an issue, but other culprits could be iPhoto or lack of HDD space for example.
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Also corrupt Spotlight metadata file or TimeMachine issues could be at least partial culprits.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 10:19 AM   #5
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It is definitely worth running Activity Monitor and looking at "System Memory" at the bottom. These values will show if you're starved from RAM and running out of the swap file (which is VERY slow). Click the on "Real Mem" column to see the memory consumption of applications currently in memory.

If you Google "how to read activity monitor", there are MANY pages on the topic.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply back currently Im only using about 35% of my hard drive. I will google that activity monitor and how to use it. Once again thanks for the help
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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 12:04 PM   #7
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I do go to sites that are not kid friendly just to be honest

i....uhhh...we....ummmm...are going to require some examples. you know...to accurately help diagnose the problem...

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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 01:39 PM   #8
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i....uhhh...we....ummmm...are going to require some examples. you know...to accurately help diagnose the problem...

hmmmm,,,,,,,,

The Mayor just started a "Mac Professionals" forum.

Does this mean we now also need a "Mac Adults" forum with age verification?

@Schmidty - From the replies so far, I gather you realize that "spyware" is not the problem.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 02:53 PM   #9
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i....uhhh...we....ummmm...are going to require some examples. you know...to accurately help diagnose the problem...

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Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 02:54 PM   #10
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I would suggest you go here

Download OnyX for Mac - OS X maintenance & optimization tool. MacUpdate Mac Software Downloads

download and install Onyx. It will help with lots of the fiddly things we need to take care of. It is free and worth doing.

+1 on the more Ram.
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