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    Jul 13, 2011
    Unhappy Why is My Mac So Slow and Sad? :(
    So in the last month or so, my Mac has decided to become very slow. It takes forever to load pictures and videos, sometimes even websites. I've tried repeatedly to download MacKeeper in order to clean up my hard drive, but whenever I try to do so, I get an error message. I've tried to manually delete files that I don't use and have cleaned out my cache because I figured insufficient space was the main cause for the slowness, but I don't understand how so much memory can be used already on my computer (granted I've had it for 3 years, but there's only 22 of 111 GB left and I don't have any kind of games or lots of videos or memory-hogging things in the hard-drive...just pictures and music and word documents)...please help with suggestions etc. so using the internet and trying to do things other than type on my computer aren't so frustrating! Thanks!

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    Mar 17, 2009
    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    You don't say how much memory you do have installed. So maybe more RAM and definitely a larger HDD. Also open Activity Monitor to see if any specific utility or app is using a great deal of resources. When was last time you verified and repaired permissions in Disk Utility?
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

    Reminder: Please include your Mac's specs. This will make it much easier for the other members to assist you.

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Keep well away from MacKeeper and if it has downloaded, that may well be the problem.

    Download Onyx from which is better and freeware and use that.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Jun 27, 2011
    Late 2013 MBP 15" I7 2.3 Ghz 16 GB Ram 500 GB SSD Retina
    Quote Originally Posted by caf5gb View Post
    (granted I've had it for 3 years, but there's only 22 of 111 GB left Thanks!
    From my short time on this forum it is my understanding that Mac OS likes a lot of free space. I don't know if 22 GB of 111 is a lot. It may be getting on the low side for optimal performance.

    However based on what I read on Mac-Forums Mac Keeper is not good software and may be a contributing factor to your woes. You may want to do some troubleshooting with help from others. You can probably Google how to remove that software though I think it is very difficult. Your best choice may be to get a larger HDD and then start with a fresh install.


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