Improving performances on my MacBook Pro

Hello Everyone,

I am not a Mac Expert and I would like to improve the performances of my MacBook Pro. What should I do to make it better and faster ? What utility does Mac offer that comes built in the OS to accomplish this ?

Or can someone send me a link to down load some free utilites to accomplish this please ?

One more question, also a step by step guide will be helpful so I can take my time and try them all.

I am running OS X

thank you so much..
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Open Disk Utility, found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder. Run Repair Permissions. Then run Verify Disk. If Verify Disk does not show errors, that is all you can do. There are all sorts of free utilities but they won't do much if anything to speed up yor Mac.

Do you ask because you are having problems? If so, what problems?
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
What model of MacBook Pro?  How big is the HD?  How much free space on the HD?  How much RAM on the computer and what version of OSX are you running?

It is not a simple matter of running a utility to speed performance as many things can affect the performance .. from RAM to HD free space and much more .. often the simplest way to improve performance is to increase RAM or install a SSD Hard Drive.

OSX is usually pretty good at constantly managing its performance and only running lots of applications or background processes will affect performance.

Over the years I've come across lots of people who think that their Mac has become slower when in reality it is just that newer versions of OSX and applications use more RAM and HD space and their older mac finds it harder and harder to keep up to date.

You can run the OSX Disk Utility program to fix any incompatible file/folder permissions .. you can check your login items in the System Preferences under your user account to see are you loading lots of programs unnecessarily on startup, you can open the Activity Monitor program to see what services and processes are using memory but to change these is often quite tricky as OSX relies on a lot of small processes for the various features it provides.

A good trick is to create a new user on OSX and login as that user and see if the Mac is a lot faster .. if YES then there are some services or programs you can look to remove or stop .. however if it is not much better as a new user then the issues are with the hardware of the MacBook Pro and the best bet is more RAM or a new SSD Hard Drive.

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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Stung and eoinosullivan, Thank you for your great input.

The only think I did was repair Disk Permissions and he repaired something. after your email I aslo Verify the disk and it says that " The volume Machintosh HD appears to be OK"

It's a Mac Book Pro OS X Version 10. 9.5 Processor 2GHz Intel Core I7 Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

The hard drive is 500GB and 470 are free.

You mentioned two interesting things
1) can you provide please a step by step guide on how to remove unwanted programs from startup ?
2) can you provide please a step by step guide on how to delete temporary internet files like I do for windows ?

Thank you
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Temporary Internet files will have NO impact on speed or performance of your Macbook .. you delete them in whatever browser you use in the Preferences .. Safari, Firefox, Chrome all will have their own cache.  If you like tidiness it will make you feel better but won't help speed things up.  In fact as you've no local cache some pages will take longer to re-download again.

To check Startup items ..
Open System Preferences
Users & Groups
Select your user account
Select Login Items button on the right side
You'll can use the minus button to remove programs from starting on login .. (be careful as you may want or need some of these like iTunes Helper)
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the clarification. Please, take a look at this program that is installed, I am attaching the screen shot is this a virus ?
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Not a virus .. but what is classed a JUNKWARE or SELLWARE .. designed to make you think your Mac is under-performing and you then pay to BUY the software which will NOT make any major difference.

Uninstall and remove it as it WILL NOT help you.

To uninstall:
go to System Preference > Accounts > Login Items tab. Click the item and then the minus sign at the bottom.

Then, open a terminal and type:
locate tuneupmymac

note down the address of the program and then put that address where it says PATH_HERE below

sudo rm -f PATH_HERE
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
TuneUpMyMac is junkware and does not do what is says it will.  Here's how to uninstall it:
CCleaner Mac is a free utility to dump the garbage and every user I set it up on reports it made their Mac noticeably faster:
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
@Davis .. I've heard reports that the Uninstall option on the Help menu in TuneUpMyMac doesn't fully remove the application .. can you comment in your experience does it work?
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Great inputs from everyone, I am definetly learning something new today, than you so much.

one more thing, what is the proper way to reset The browser safari in a Mac please..
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
I've only had to do it once; but, it worked for me!
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
In Safari, click Safari -> Reset Safari.
Start Activity Monitor and see if you are running up against your 4 GB RAM usage.  If you have a lot of Programs open that you aren't using, you should quit them from the Menu (or just Command q) and free up some RAM.  When you use more RAM than your physical RAM, it starts swapping to disk, which slows it down.

New Macs are selling with 8 GB RAM and it should work for most people, but I don't find that to be even close to enough for my needs.
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
I just found it :) Great ! Thank you so much again. Davis and Eoinosullivan you are my Mac Idols now :).

a few days ago I went to help a neighbor to install her wireless mac printer. She got rid of her Verizon DSL modem and router and asked me to replaced with the new Verizon all in one modem-router-wireless. I did that part a also installed the wireless printer connected to her ManBookPro but it prints intermittently. what is the right procedure to install a wireless printer in a Mac...I can open this question as a new questions so you can get more points..please monitor it..i need to provide an final answer or even better fix it and I have no clue...thanks.
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Great answers, great help ...thank you both of you
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
serial band wow it has 4GB of Ram and it is using it 3.59. how can I improve this..? please
As long as you're not using more than 4 GB and going into virtual memory, it should be fine.
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