Do you have any anti-virus software installed? Such software has been known to cause browser issues. What about other browser extensions? In Safari's preferences window, click the Extensions icon... What shows up there?
As for the issues not related to the browser, see my Mac Performance Guide:
Third party cleaning utilities are not necessary on a Mac and can do more harm than good.
Your Mac runs maintenance in the background for you > Mac OS X: About background maintenance tasks
Apps such as LIttle Snitch, MacKeeper, and Growl can cause the issues you are describing for Safari.
Try this for Safari on one Mac ...
Open a Finder window. From the Finder menu bar click Go > Go to Folder
Type or copy paste the following:
Click Go then move the Cache.db file to the Trash.
Quit and relaunch Safari to test.
If that didn't help, try troubleshooting extensions and third party plug-ins.
From the Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Extensions tab. Turn that OFF, quit and relaunch Safari to test. If that helped, turn one extension on then quit and relaunch Safari to test until you find the incompatible extension then click uninstall.
If it's not an extensions issue, try troubleshooting third party plug-ins.
Back to Safari > Preferences. This time select the Security tab. Deselect: Allow all other plug-ins. Quit and relaunch Safari to test.
If that made a difference, instructions for troubleshooting plugins here.
Hmmmm, i followed the CLEAR CACHE instructions and it seems to have worked... Let me used it for a few whours and i will report back... THANK YOU!!!
There are a number of utilities that can help you do this, some good and some to be avoided. To be safe, I recommend simply doing the job yourself. You can safely delete everything in the following folders:
The first of those is found in the user Library folder (which is invisible in Mac OS X 10.7), while the second is found at the root level of the hard drive. If that’s Greek to you, just choose Go -> Go to Folder in the Finder and paste in the first path, then hit return. Delete everything inside that folder. Then repeat with the second folder. Once you’re done, restart the computer.
My computer is lightning fast again...
then, ~/Library/Caches /Library/Caches
I will verify this as the issue once i get home and do this to my wifes computer.
So far, so good... whew!Thanks everyone for your help... its great to have a place like this!
WOW, this fix worked on my wifes computer also. I hope any and all people who are experiencing a slow Mavericks OS find this thread helpful. I thought it was my Safari browser that was slow, bu it was the entire computer. Opening folders was slow and now a lot, LOT faster.
Many thanks Thomas and especially for writing in simple terms for those of us not up to programming level!. Clearing the caches has definitely improved performance, although it is not back to the level I had before moving to Mavericks. I will look for your Mac Performance Guide to see if there is anything else I can improve.
Slainte to all!
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