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Managing Programs that Run on Startup

When you install a program, often it will set itself up so that it starts every time you start OS X.

This can be a real pain, because having a lot of programs start that way means it takes longer for OS X to start and the memory used can slow your Mac to a drag.

Not every program has to start automatically. You may decide to let some do so - like messenger programs. For the others, CCleaner for Mac gives you a way to stop them in their tracks.

You can do one of two things with each item in the list of startup items:

  1. Hide it - the item will start in the background, but it won't show up in the Dock.
  2. Delete it - the item is deleted from the auto-start list.

Why would you choose to hide the auto-start instead of deleting it? Sometimes you might want to remove an item, but have the option to add it back in later if you change your mind.

To control which programs start with OS X:

  1. In the left pane of CCleaner for Mac, click Tools, and then click Startup.
  2. In the Startup pane, you'll see a list of all items that have been set to start automatically with OS X. Those that have been hidden will have a check box in the Hide column.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • If you select the Hide check box for the program, the program will still run in the background, but it won't appear in the Dock.
  • To prevent a program from starting with OS X and to remove it from the auto-start list, select the program entry and click Remove.