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Is your Mac running slow? We know what to do!

Is your Mac running slow? Don't despair, there are some simple tricks to get it back on track and running smoothly again. The great news is, you can do all of these at home yourself, for free!

No matter what kind of Mac you have, whether it's a MacBook or iMac, you will need to give it a good spring clean from time to time. It's essential to keep at least 20% of space free on your hard drive if you want your Mac running like it should and fast. You also need to make sure you keep it up to date. We'll explain how you can do all this now...

Update your macOS

If you want to stop your Mac running slow, it's crucial that you update your macOS. Not only will this help speed up your Mac but it will also help protect and improve your privacy and security (win-win). If you haven't done this in a while, start here.

You can even set your preferences so that updates are installed automatically, that way you will never forget them again. To do this, go to 'System Preferences', then choose 'Software Update', and click on 'Automatically keep my Mac up to date'.

Stop programs from launching automatically

If you have too many programs launching automatically, this increases the chances of a Mac running slow. You probably don't need all of them open either so work out which you do and don't.

To check which apps are opening automatically, go to 'System Preferences', then 'Users & Groups', head to the 'Login Items' tab to view the list, and unselect the ones you don't need to be powered up every time. CCleaner for Mac provides an easy way to solve this problem by managing unwanted startup programs that will speed up your Mac considerably.

Clear temporary files and caches

Over time, the number of temporary files and caches stored on your Mac is incredible. If you consider the fact that your Mac stores little bits of information from every website you visit you can see how this could lead to a Mac running slow. 

The easiest and safest way to clear your temporary files and caches your Mac doesn't use is by running cleaning software. CCleaner for Mac will help you do this and even find hidden files, making your Mac run better. 

Manage your programs better

There's no doubt about it, programs take up a lot of space, some more than others. If you're someone that has a plethora of programs installed, you need to address this. Don't worry, we don't mean you have to get rid of all of them right now. 

There are two important steps you can take to manage programs and stop them from making a Mac running slow: reduce the number of programs running at once and uninstall those apps you don't use (see, not all of them).

If you're used to running loads of programs at once, try and get in the habit of closing those you aren't using. To do this, go into the app/s you aren't using and choose 'command+Q' to quit. 

Now be honest with yourself and think about which programs you have never used or don't plan on using in the future. It's best to uninstall these because they're taking up valuable space even if you don't launch them. You can uninstall apps without having to go between different folders using CCleaner for Mac and get the job done in minutes! 

Now your Mac running slow is a thing of the past!

Great work, your Mac running slow should be a distant memory soon. Enjoy your newfound speed but don't forget to revisit these steps every so often to keep your Mac in tip-top condition. 

If you're worried you might forget (we all lead busy lives so it's understandable) then you can install CCleaner for Mac Professional. It will run automatic updates, giving you peace of mind all the time.

FAQs

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    Every version of Windows has quirks. Windows 10 is no different. There are many factors that slow down this operating system, including insufficient RAM, full hard drives, performance settings, irregular updates and more.

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