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Guide to Keep Your MacBook in Good Shape

MacBook Maintenance, Remove Junk Files from hard drive, How to Clean Laptop, Update the Mac Operating System, How to Stop Memory Leaks

Macbooks might be known for their longevity and stability, but there will still come a time when you experience drops in the performance. The issues vary depending on how the person has been using the Mac. But some problems are more common than others and can be solved without investing a lot of money.

If you are looking to boost the performance of your Macbook or simply learn more about how to maintain it in good shape, this article is a perfect place to start. 

Step #1 – Remove Junk Files from the Disk

One of the best ways to start is to take a closer look at your hard drive. There are bound to be some files that are only taking up disk space and offer nothing of value.

Junk files like caches, temporary backups, or app plugins are not visible immediately and require some tinkering with the system. And even then, you risk deleting something important by working manually. So it would be better to use a cleanup utility software like CleanMyMac for junk files.

As for what you can remove manually, there should be old applications, email attachments, and some larger files, like media. Moreover, there is an option to transfer some data to clouds as well as external storage devices. Doing so will also free up disk space. 

Step #2 – Scan for Cybersecurity Threats

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There is hardly anything worse than getting malware or a virus on a computer. Some threats might not be as aggressive as others, but having to deal with them is never a positive experience.

If you notice that the Mac has suddenly slowed down, or you see random ads popping up everywhere, it is possible that you will need to deal with a virus or malware. 

A reliable anti-malware tool is the best way to solve the issue. There is an option to reinstall the OS, but good software usually does the work well. And even if you cannot afford to spend money on an anti-virus, there are still plenty of great free alternatives.

As a final piece of advice, do not leave the software running in the background. While it does detect and remove threats automatically, you should still scan the computer at least once every month.

Step #3 – Clean Dust and Dirt

The filth that accumulates inside the Mac over time can lead to a lot of problems. Do not neglect your computer, and make sure to remove any dust or dirt inside regularly. And in case you are afraid of taking the Macbook apart and doing the work yourself, there is an option to choose the Macbook to a repair store and ask for a thorough cleanup.

Step #4 – Look at Activity Monitor

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Activity Monitor shows resource-hungry applications. Launch Activity Monitor and sort by CPU or memory usage.

Some apps are built-in and cannot be removed from the system. Nevertheless, you can still look to reduce resource usage by shutting down idle and useless processes running in the background. Alternatives that are not such heavy resource users might also be available.

Step #5 – Turn off Visual Effects

When you are looking to optimize and boost the overall performance of the Mac, it makes little sense to have any visual effects enabled. 

Go to the Dock and uncheck the boxes from “Animate opening applications” and “Automatically hide and show the Dock.” You can disable effects for sending and receiving emails in the Mail app as well as a backlit keyboard.

Step #6 – Stop Memory Leaks

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Programs that have been running for a while will start to mismanage memory distribution. It is known as a “memory leak” and can be prevented by restarting the computer and giving the system a fresh start.

Step #7 – Optimize the Browser

In some instances, internet browsers become the biggest issue. The computer and even the internet are working quite well, but when you launch the browser and try to surf the web, it becomes too much of a struggle.

A poorly optimized browser can be changed by removing unnecessary extensions and add-ons, clearing cache and browsing history, and keeping the number of the minimum tabs open to a minimum.

Step #8 – Update the System

There are occasional updates for the macOS. Even if the changes appear to be insignificant, you should still install the update at your earliest convenience. Being up to date means that you are not prone to various threats and have optimal performance. 

Step #9 – Reinstall the OS

Reinstalling the OS might seem too much for some, but the suggestion can still do a lot for those who have been experiencing problems despite trying their best. 

Remember to back up data using applications like Time Machine before you commit to reinstalling the operating system as any files you do not back up will get wiped.


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