In case you Mac OS X is running slow, this post can be helpful to find out the issue and possibly increase the speed of your Mac. There can be many ways to tuneup your Mac and you can find lots of software downloads which boast to increase the speed of your Mac. The very first thing you need to understand that speed of Mac or any other computer can be increased limited by the actual hardware. This post does not talks about hardware changes to any computer and instead provides information about processes running on your Mac and find out which application is using the mac resources and causing your Mac to slow down.
First of all have a look at Startup Applications and in case you can remove some applications from startup, that can be one of the easiest and quick way to increase the speed of you Mac. Applications utilize CPU cycles, consume memory and do read / write operations to ans from the hard disk. Lower the number of applications are running on your Mac, the fastest your Mac can be. Carefully look at the Mac Startup Programs and in case you are sure that some application is not needed, remove it from Mac Startup, LogOff and Sign On again and check if your Mac’s speed has increased or is the same.
The Activity Monitor of System Preferences can be handy to find out which applications are consuming your Mac’s computing cycles, how much memory an application is consuming, how much data has been read from the hard disk(s), how much data has been written to the hard disk(s), how many threads are being created and run by any of the running applications and much more. You can even terminate or quit any of the selected process using Activity Monitor of Mac OS X. Open up Activity Monitor from Utilities Section and have a look at CPU, System Memory, Disk Activity, Disk Usage and Network Tab and try to identify which application or process is causing your Mac OS X to slow down.