mac-performanceYou must have experienced showdown issues on your Mac, which eventually affect its overall performance. You must have noticed that your Mac has suddenly started taking longer time to boot as compared to what it used to take earlier. Furthermore, the files open sluggishly, applications run poorly, and some more like issues are coming into view, which eventually cause the performance of your Mac.

Did you ever wonder about the causes of Mac slowdown?

You might have never done that. Well, let me tell you what they are and how they affect your Mac’s performance. In this post, I will also let you know about how you can fix them all efficiently. Nevertheless, you cannot deny junk files to be responsible for Mac slowdown, as they greatly affect system’s performance when accumulated in a large number. Therefore, it is necessary to get rid of junks to speed up Mac to a considerable level. Before that, you should go though the below sections of this post carefully.

What are Junk Files?

“When your computer runs, it executes millions of sets of instructions – called programs – repeatedly. As long as the computer is on, no matter if an application is running or not, it executes the system files in a loop, and the intermediate data is stored in temporary files that also occupy considerable space in the boot drive. Likewise, when you run the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or any web browser on your Mac and open different websites, a number of temporary files get downloaded on the boot drive, which are aimed at opening the same websites again, but this time at a faster rate. We term the temporary Internet files as Cookies.

While running one or more applications (individually or simultaneously does not matter), different types of temporary files are created automatically to store the intermediate data. As long as these applications or parent programs are in active state, these temporary files are crucial. Unfortunately, the files remain undeleted even after the parent programs or applications are no longer active.” - All these files are categorized as junk files.

Are Junk Files Harmful?

Junk files produce automatically because of execution of millions of system files, application, and Internet activities. They accumulate in the boot drive of your Mac hard drive and keep increasing in number with time as well as usage of the system resources (i.e. RAM and Processor). In fact, when you turn on your Mac, the loop of execution of the system files becomes active and produces temporary files. These junks eat up the system resources largely as long as they remain undeleted from your Mac. Consequently, the unnecessary consumption of both RAM and Processor causes Mac slowdown, as many other programs are in queue, waiting for the resources to get free.

In spite of eating up the resources, these junk files acquire considerable amount of space on the boot drive, when accumulated in a large number. Based on the category of the parent processes, these files may be hidden on your Mac and you cannot delete them manually. In other words, you need to practice a Mac cleanup tool to get efficient cleanup results or to speed up your Mac significantly.

How to Remove Junk Files?

When it comes to delete junk files on your Mac, you may not be able to do it since Mac OS X has no such built-in utility. This becomes the reason for why the ‘so-called’ excellent Mac computers slow down after a rigorous usage for a long time. Therefore, it becomes necessary to get rid of junks to speed up Mac, which requires the usage of a commercial Mac cleanup tool. You may download this tool from the Internet, and then implement its corresponding cleanup steps.

The cleanup tool thoroughly scans the hard drive or a specific drive for all the junk files stored in it, and then enables you to remove them all at once with a single mouse-click. These cleanup tools are programmed in a way that they smartly read the files, based on their respective signatures, and then list these junk files under their respective sub-categories. Some Mac cleanup tools are smart enough to show a preview of each such file individually, which is helpful in making clear if you really want to delete it. In this way, you can avoid deleting some crucial files that accidentally got their headers corrupted. Thus, the cleanup tool considers all such files as junk files. You may get them deleted permanently if no such feature is provided within the cleanup tool. Therefore, make sure Mac the cleanup tool you practice is efficient and reliable for such cleanup.

Using Junk Cleaner

As mentioned earlier, Mac OS X is not provided with an inbuilt junk files cleaner. However, that does not mean your Mac has no such requirement. In fact, you need to use an external junk cleaner for your Mac. By cleaning out junks from your Mac, you not only reclaim the efficient space, but you also save the unnecessary utilization of the system resources. Consequently, you see considerable improvement in your Mac’s performance.

While searching for junk cleaner on the Internet, make sure you read the users’ reviews about that tool before purchasing it. If the tool is available as a free demo or trial version, you may upgrade to the paid version after getting efficient results.