Make Your Mac Run Faster Again
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No computer is going to last forever. And you cannot expect the same performance after a few years of using it.
It is no wonder that your Mac keeps slowing down every year. And the moment when it becomes so sluggish and nearly impossible to use, you have two choices left. Either to spend a bunch of money buying a new one or you can try these useful tips to resurrect your old Mac for a new life.
Keep it clean
When your Mac starts running slow, the first thing to think about is how much free space do you have left. Normally, during several years of use, the computer might become full of junk files, such as caches or old backups.
Thankfully, there are apps dedicated to removing junk from the Macbook. One of them is called CleanMyMac X, and it is a great choice when you have to pick a cleanup utility tool.
Using this program, you will be able not only to remove all the unused apps but all other junk, including browser extensions, plugins, and login items. It even has a disk space visualizer for easier management of space in your hard drive. Also, worth mentioning the ability to remove malware. You will be impressed with what this single tool can do and how much free space you can regain again.
Boost your speed with SSD
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If your Mac is one of the older generations and running on HDD, it is a good idea to think about hardware upgrade. Upgrading this particular element, you can expect the most significant boost in performance. Here we are talking about a solid disk drive, briefly called SSD. Believe it or not, you can expect a huge increase in response time, up to 250 times, by changing this one part. It is a more modern version of a hard drive, except it has no moving parts.
Here comes another benefit. It means that the SSD is more durable and shock-resistant than the HDD. Also, the price of SSDs has fallen sharply compared to what it was a couple of years ago. So, if you have dozens of extra bucks, this upgrade should be first in the line. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast your system can boot up as well.
Keep up to date
Software developers do their best to bring users the finest experience they can get. That is why you should always keep your Mac up to date. The purpose of updates is simple: to fix bugs, optimize the operation of apps, and patch security holes to protect your system from hackers.
So, whenever you see an update notification popped up on your desktop, do not ignore it and do as said. It does not take much time and is easy to do, especially when your system keeps notifying you. Maybe this process does not bring a considerable performance boost like the upgrade mentioned above, but it will ensure the smooth work of your system and apps.
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Do not run out of memory
As software keeps updated and gets more new features, in addition to optimization, the need for resources grows as well. And the amount of memory that would be sufficient three-four years ago, now nearly doubled.
This is extremely felt while using an internet browser with a bunch of tabs opened at a time. So, if you are planning to use your Mac for another year or two, adding more RAM should be one of the next steps in exchange for better performance. You will be impressed with how many apps you could run simultaneously, compared to what you had earlier. Also, it will be beneficial if you are into a photo or video editing. That is one thing that requires more memory too.
Keep your system safe
Do not get fooled by the idea that Macs can not get viruses. Many people think that only the Windows system can get hacked, and all the attention is targeted that way. In reality, it is just a myth, and Mac users should take care of their systems as well. So if your Mac suddenly started running slow without reason, do not be surprised if that could be caused by some sort of malware. Do not wait before it is too late. Today you can find tons of free antivirus apps; just make sure that the source you are downloading from is safe and reliable.
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Using these tips, you will be able to boost the performance of your Mac without spending a bunch of money on the new rig. Also, take seriously about keeping your system safe from intruders. And finally, if you will decide to spend some money on upgrading your system, you will not only get the biggest boost in performance but be guaranteed to keep that improvement for a couple of years.