Tag Archives: Activity Monitor

How to kill a process in OS X

ActivityMonitorIconXWhen an application hangs on your Mac, sometimes the quickest fix is to force the application to quit. In most cases, this will free the system and allow you to re-launch the program to get on with your work. There are three main ways to force-quit a program in OS X. The first is the Force-Quit menu, activated by pressing Option-Command-Escape or by choosing it from the Apple menu. With this, you can quit OS X application programs launched in your user account. Continue reading

How to overcome a massive memory leak in OS X

ActivityMonitorIconXWhen programs perform tasks on OS X and other platforms, chunks of memory are allocated for their needs, but these should be relinquished when the task is done. If not, then a memory leak may occur, where progressively more memory is reserved (sometimes at a rapid rate), until the system cannot allocate anymore and is strained for resources. When this happens, the entire system may run slow, pause, or hang and require a forced restart. Unfortunately there is little you can do as an end-user to prevent a memory leak, but with quick identification you can knock out a program that is causing one, before it starts affecting the entire system. Continue reading

Force-quit processes to fix a hot Mac with blaring fans

ActivityMonitorIconXYour MacBook has limited battery life, so what do you do when your system’s fans suddenly crank on at full tilt, and you notice that your system is getting hotter and hotter to the touch? Generally this happens when you are in the middle of your work where you have a number of programs and windows open. You may also see the battery life remaining on your system drop to an hour or two at most when you expected to have quite a few more. In addition to a hot system, you may also notice slowdowns with other tasks you attempt to perform, though this will depend on the task and might not always be the case. Continue reading

Overcome processes ‘Not Responding’ in Activity Monitor

ActivityMonitorIconXApple’s Activity Monitor utility is a good tool for viewing the status of every program and background service that is running on your Mac, and as such you may regularly use it to check on how resources are used, especially when you are experiencing slowdowns with your Mac. However, when you do so, you may find several processes that are listed in red text, and which have “(Not Responding)” displayed next to them. Continue reading

New feature helps Safari page troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite

NewSafariIconXA small change in the way Safari manages web pages in Yosemite will allow you to more easily troubleshoot any pages that are unresponsive or otherwise stuck.

If you ever run across a site that either hangs, or repeatedly shows a message that you cannot get rid of and which prevents you from otherwise interacting with Safari (e.g., closing the window), then you might find yourself resorting to force-quitting the program; however, there is an alternative you can use to more specifically manage the problem. Continue reading

Prevent the WindowServer process from dragging Yosemite down

ActivityMonitorIconXOne potential issue in OS X Yosemite that you might run into is a problem with the WindowServer, where at times this background process can use a large amount of your Mac’s CPU. This may result in not only choppy performance, but also excessive energy usage and heat generation, and therefore greatly reduce the battery life of MacBook systems. Continue reading

Seven subtle changes in OS X Yosemite

FinderIconYosemiteXApple’s new OS X Yosemite comes with a number of exciting new features, including integration with iOS 8 to send and receive voice and text chats, an new interface style that mimics the look of iOS 8 and iOS 8, better power management, and integration with online services. However, hidden in and around these augmentations are some subtle changes to Yosemite that might not pop out at you right away. Some of these might be useless, but others might be fun additions that you might enjoy. Continue reading