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Improving Mac OS Performance on a Budget

Not everyone can afford to spend money on new computers every few years. Taking care of their current Macbook is the best option for some.

People who are still relatively inexperienced will struggle to create a solid plan that will extend the longevity of the Mac. But it is about willingness to strive for learning. 

Tip #1 – Remove Junk Files

Cleaning junk files is a good way to start. There are lots of extensions, plugins, backups, and caches that are idly taking disk space and offer nothing in return.

You have two options to remove these junk files. The first one is deleting everything manually yourself. You will need to tinker with the system and access the necessary folders first. But be sure to create backups in case you accidentally delete any crucial system files.

The second option and one that is easier to execute is getting cleanup utility software. Read some app cleaner reviews and decide which one would fit you the best.

Tip #2 – Clean Dust and Dirt

Never let the dust and dirt problem get out of the hand. Get to cleaning the moment you notice that the internal fans are sounding too loud, or the laptop is overheating.

Do not risk damaging internal hardware. And if you have no idea how to take the Mac OS apart to thoroughly clean all the filth inside, look for step-by-step video tutorials or ask someone who can help you out with it.

Tip #3 – Delete Unnecessary Data

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Removing junk files will not solve the problem of lacking free disk space. You will also need to remove old applications, email attachments, downloads. Transferring some data to cloud-based services like Dropbox and iCloud will also give you more space to work with. 

Tip #4 – Turn off Visuals

Keeping visuals around is not something you should do, especially when you are looking to boost the overall performance of the Mac OS. Go to the Dock and disable both “Automate opening applications” as well as “Automatically hide and show the Dock” settings.

If you are using the Mail app for downloads, you can disable effects for sending and receiving emails.

Tip #5 – Optimize Internet Browser

Encountering problems while browsing the internet is quite common. In some cases, it is not the computer or the ISP provider at fault. Poorly optimized internet browsers are not going to allow you to use the internet without bumps.

For starters, look to trim the list of extensions and plugins that are not necessary. Browsing history and caches can also be removed, though remember to back up the information before deleting the two. Finally, keep the number of open tabs in the browser to a minimum. Even if a browser tab is idle, it is still consuming memory and other resources.

Tip #6 – Scan for Viruses

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Even an insignificant virus can get out of hand and cause a lot of harm to your system. If you notice a sudden feeling of sluggishness when using the Mac, it is possible that you have a malware problem.

Look for a reliable anti-virus tool that eliminates any potential threats the moment you encounter them. And have it run in the background for peace of mind. At the end of the day, avoiding shady websites and files from unknown sources will only get you so far. With how many cybersecurity threats are out there these days, it is necessary to take all the precautions one can.

Tip #7 – Update the System

System and application updates cost nothing, but they bring new features as well as stability and performance improvements. It would be in your best interest to install any updates the moment they are out.

Even a small security patch can be the difference-maker for preventing a new threat like a virus infesting in your computer.

Tip #8 – Declutter Desktop

A desktop that is full of junk will is never a good thing. Some people have this terrible habit of putting every file on the desktop and not bother with organizing their data the way it should be organized.

Every icon on the desktop is rendered when you switch between the desktop and another window. This constant switching puts a toll on the computer and slows everything down significantly. You may find that there is a need to restart the Mac OS more often than usual.

Ideally, there should not be any files on the desktop at all. But if you have some that require access often, try to keep the number of a minimum. 

Tip #9 – Reinstall the OS

Reinstalling the OS is a tricky process, especially for those who are going to do it for the first time. However, it will give the Mac OS a fresh start and make the situation a lot better. Though remember that reinstalling the OS will delete any data that is not backed up. 

 

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