TECHNOLOGY: Getting your Mac back in shape

James Stoner

James Stoner

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Is your once nippy Mac now dismally slow?

If so, it is probably time to give your hardworking computer a bit of a technology spa session.

We have put together some top remedies for when your Mac is feeling overworked and sluggish.

Firstly, remove any unnecessary files.

Your actions are stored in system log and cache files which are added to on a daily basis, so over time many of the stored files have become redundant.

Deleting any which are no longer necessary will clear some space – just be sure you know what you are removing before you click Trash.

Just use Spotlight Search (cmd + space bar) and type in ~/Library/Caches to bring up the cache file.

When you run out of RAM your computer starts to use its virtual memory, which makes your Mac run much slower.

To avoid this close running apps you don’t use and re-launch the rest.

Then quit and reload your web browser as some websites consume memory even when closed.

If this all sounds too much like hard work, Clean My Mac 3 is an excellent tool.

For a cost, it proactively lets you know when your computer is starting to slow, cleans your system and speeds up your Mac with a set of optimising tools.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to {mailto: questions@jspc.co.uk| questions@jspc.co.uk|questions@jspc.co.uk}, and if you require further advice, support, or a computer repair, call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122, visit www.jspc.co.uk, or visit them at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

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