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First, uninstall Kaspersky. You don't need an antivirus on OS X because OS X has got its own security systems. See > http://www.reedcorner.net/mmg
Probably the antivirus is the cause of the slowness (I wouldn't be surpriesd because of that), so see if there's an improvement after uninstalling Kaspersky.
For more information about the RAM and the differences between each category, see > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1342
Disk Utility is an application that allows you to modify your drives and see information about the disk. See > http://pondini.org/OSX/DU.html
For more information about permissions, see > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1452
Thanks a lot! That reedcorner website was very informative. However, as a side note I feel I should add that I installed the AV AFTER I noticed a decline in performance, as a test. I just uninstalled my AV and the internet is WAY faster ( probably the AV's fault to begin with), but it is still computing slow. Does OSX have a defrag? I was told they run it automatically in the background or when you restart they do a mini-defrag... Is this true?
Mike Provi wrote:
I was told they run it automatically in the background or when you restart they do a mini-defrag... Is this true?
If you have your computer turned on or in sleep mode during night, OS X will run some maintenance scripts in the very early morning (from 3.15 to 5.00 am), but you can use your Mac without running them. See > http://pondini.org/OSX/Scripts.html
Respecting to the slowness of your computer, there are a lot of reasons for that, and you can see them > https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3521
Mike Provi wrote:
It seems the processing power has substantially deteriorated over the 1 year I have owned it. And I have NO idea how.
The anti-virus running in the background is a chief cause, uninstall it.
Also see this.
What is the difference between Wired, Active, Inactive, and Free RAM?
Wired is system level needs
Active is memory your using currently (open apps and files)
InActive is memory that has something in it in case you need it again so it doesn't have to load it from the slower drive, but can be used for something else if you run out of Free memory.
Free memory is nothing in it at all.
Either way the computer has slowed down a TON in a year. Also, just how virus-proof are Mac's? I only ask this because I am a guy, and the dirty sites come natural. Is it possible that my Mac has come down with something?
Yes it is possible. Why to surf those sites one should use a virtual machine program and a free operating system like Linux, then save "snapshots" to revert the OS to what it was before you began surfing adult content sites.
Virtualbox + Linux Mint 64bit would be ideal and free. As Linux isn't attacked that much due to it's small market share.
However Ciso just relased data saying that your 180 times more likely to get malware from advertising on regular websites than on adult content websites.
To clean up your Mac first, follow these Steps