3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2013 7:48 AM by ohmiss2u
ohmiss2u Level 1 (0 points)

Newbie!

I'm constanly getting the spinning ball - I've taken it in to the Apple store so many times in the past - finally got it upgraded to 2GB the /day/ my warranty was ending! - running OS X 10.7.5 - got so frustrated about a year ago backed up everything and then took everything off - Did NOT go through the entire migration process, as I was afraid I would inadvertantly re-load whatever was slowing it down to begin with. I know it's time for a new computer, but I'm just not ready to cough up the cash just yet It's been...OK until just recently when the ball seems to have come back with a vengence!

 

Any suggestions on (reliable) software available to either scan to possibly see what's wrong & possibly show me what I can do to fix? Any suggestions would be Greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Newbie


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Running Very Slow
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)

    Helpful Links Regarding Malware Protection

     

    An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.

    Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read Detecting and avoiding malware and spyware.

    See these Apple articles:

     

              Mac OS X Snow Leopard and malware detection

              OS X Lion- Protect your Mac from malware

              OS X Mountain Lion- Protect your Mac from malware

              About file quarantine in OS X

     

    If you require anti-virus protection I recommend using ClamXav.

     

    It's very unlikely your problem is a virus or malware.

     

    Upgrade your RAM to a minimum of 4 GBs, if possible. Upgrade OS X to Mountain Lion, but not until you find out what your problems are or if you do an erase and install.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 (4,722 points)

    Is there a way to scan my Macbook Pro 13" Mid2009 for a virus?

    As long as your software is fully up-to-date and you aren't running Java 6 then you are fully protected against all currently known malware, so as Kappy already said, it' unlikely to be your problem and you should not waste your time looking for it with scanning software that will just slow it down even more.

    ohmiss2u wrote:

     

    I'm constanly getting the spinning ball - I've taken it in to the Apple store so many times in the past - finally got it upgraded to 2GB the /day/ my warranty was ending! - running OS X 10.7.5

    Your MBP can hold 8GB and although you can technically run Lion with 2GB you will always see the beachball if you have more than a couple of apps open or a bunch of tabs in your browser. I suspect if you open the Activity Monitor app and check the memory tab you'll find your problems there.

     

    Here are some other ideas from Randy Singer Macintosh OS X Beachballs!.

  • ohmiss2u Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Kappy & MadMacs0 for your speedy replies! There's so much information here, it will take me a while to sift through it all - Very much appreciated! I will let you know ASAP what is helping - just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the info...