12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2012 12:30 PM by rkaufmann87
sicinius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

After grumbling about Lion for ages and how slow my 2.93 GHz, 24" iMac has become since I downloaded and installed it, there has been a bit of a miracle.

 

I downloaded the new OS update - 10.7.3, got rid of MacKeeper after reading threads in here, used Onyx for tidy up instead and then installed.

 

And I have a brand new machine.

 

I have been using it for a couple of hours and am still jumping as apps which would take 30 seconds to start open almost immediately. Even Lightroom and InDesign seem perky.

 

Apart from the positively eyewiping increase in speed (SL wasn't this quick), the only difference I can see is the splash screen on startup is now the grey wool iPad pattern which I have never seen before on the iMac and there is an invitation to sign in with a guest account, also new.

 

Will I wake up tomorrow and find things have returned to nornal?

 

What's been going on?


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  • 1. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    Getting rid of the scamware, MacKeeper, was a good thing.

     

    MacKeeper does nothing good for a Mac.

     

    So getting rid of might it be the cause for the increase in speed.

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    You removed the MacKeeper malware, used Onyx to tidy up the system and now your system is operating normally.

     

    Glad you figured out the problem and your machine is working OK. As a general rule of thumb never download something that is asking you to unless it's from a trusted site. If you have the slightest doubt ask on this site before downloading for advice.

  • 3. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    sicinius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But I installed that in the hope it might speed things up a bit. I regularly do all the Verify and repair permissions stuff and all the other hopeful bits and pieces.

     

    This isn't a small increase in speed. This is like a new machine.

  • 4. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,780 points)

    This forum is riddled with tales of woe from poor souls that have had the misfortune of being suckered into installing MacKeeper. Getting rid of it was a good move and probably the reason your Mac has started performing as it should - just make sure you got rid of all traces of it so it doesn't come back to haunt you. Presumably you got details on how to get rid of it from one of the other threads? If not, this link covers it:

    http://applehelpwriter.com/2011/09/21/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-malware/

  • 5. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    sicinius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well I can't believe it's just MacKeeper any more than I can believe that Apple still haven't sorted Full screen apps for people with two monitors. Mackeeper's not be on long and was intended to do something to help the overll slowdown.

     

    Still, there's not a lot of point in complaining about an unexpected improvement, though it would be nice to pin it down so that it doesn't go away or maybe helps some of those folks riddling the forum with tales of woe from slaughtered performance just as a result installing Lion. I was one of them.

     

    But I'm not now . . .

  • 6. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    If you look are the threads on these forums, the two things that are recommended for removal are MacKeeper and any AV software when someone asks about slow performance. You would be amazed at how many time that solves the problem.

     

    Allan

  • 7. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    sicinius wrote:

     

    Well I can't believe it's just MacKeeper any more than I can believe that Apple still haven't sorted Full screen apps for people with two monitors. Mackeeper's not be on long and was intended to do something to help the overll slowdown.

     

    Still, there's not a lot of point in complaining about an unexpected improvement, though it would be nice to pin it down so that it doesn't go away or maybe helps some of those folks riddling the forum with tales of woe from slaughtered performance just as a result installing Lion. I was one of them.

     

    But I'm not now . . .

    It was just Mackeeper, it's really Malware and was probably 99% responsible for the decline of performance you experienced. I suspect you are a recent switcher from MS Windows or not very familiar with OS X, if I'm incorrect please forgive me. However if I am correct OS X does not need additional software to run well which is probably the opposite of your MS Windows experiences, left alone OS X usually runs quickly.

  • 8. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    David Schwab Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    I have the same iMac and have been running Lion since it came out. It was never slow. It's even faster than Snow Leopard was. That is not a slow iMac.

     

    MacKeeper was not intended to fix your Mac because its malware. They want you to think it's going to fix something, but they are not telling the truth.

  • 9. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    OH! A vendor would lie to us. I am shocked.

     

    Yes, I am afraid you are correct, Zeobit lies like a carpet.

     

    Allan

  • 10. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    sicinius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not Mackeeper. As I said the slowdown began with Lion. I installed Mackeeper when programmes like InDesign were taking longer than 60 seconds to start and it was taling 30 seconds or more to switch from Lightroom to Photoshop.

     

    And no, though this is the first time I've used a Mac as my own everyday machine, I am not a recent switcher and have used Quark on Macs for nearly 20 years.

     

    As I said, I was one of a very large group whose machines were slugged by an early downloaded version of Lion and something in this latest release, IMO, has fixed it.

     

    Feel free to attribute it to MacKeeper. It wasn't.

     

    At least not by itself.

  • 11. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    David Schwab Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    OK, then there were underlying problem that were aggravated by instaling Lion. But it wasn't LIon. I've installed it on several machines and they all ran nice and fast.

  • 12. Re: What just happened to the speed of my iMac?
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    As David said, Lion wasn't your problem. The problem was a pre-existing condition that was brought out when Lion was installed. I've been using Lion on two machines for over a year now and neither has had any issues. The machines are a late 2007 Imac and late 2010 MBA.