Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 21, 2009, 05:40 AM   #1
andrewp
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
How do I remove startup items in MacOS

Hey, my mac has gotten a little slow due to a lot of software installed...
Watching the activity monitor shows me that a lot unnecessary items are running. These are items that I don't want to uninstall but use like 2 times a month so there's no need to have them running all the time.

In Windows I'm used to go into Msconfig and edit the startup section. In Mac OSX i've heard that I should go to account-loginitems, but the only thing showing up is Ituneshelper...

Can anyone tell me where I can find the full list of the startup programs?
andrewp is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 05:55 AM   #2
dalvin200
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nottingham, UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewp View Post
Hey, my mac has gotten a little slow due to a lot of software installed...
Watching the activity monitor shows me that a lot unnecessary items are running. These are items that I don't want to uninstall but use like 2 times a month so there's no need to have them running all the time.

In Windows I'm used to go into Msconfig and edit the startup section. In Mac OSX i've heard that I should go to account-loginitems, but the only thing showing up is Ituneshelper...

Can anyone tell me where I can find the full list of the startup programs?
system prefs -> accounts -> choose your account -> login items
__________________
Search before you post: MRoogle
dalvin200 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 06:32 AM   #3
andrewp
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalvin200 View Post
system prefs -> accounts -> choose your account -> login items
Thanks, but as mentioned it only shows me Itunes helper and nothing else. Am I missing something?
andrewp is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 07:13 AM   #4
rdowns
macrumors Penryn
 
rdowns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewp View Post
Watching the activity monitor shows me that a lot unnecessary items are running. These are items that I don't want to uninstall but use like 2 times a month so there's no need to have them running all the time.
What is running that you deem unnecessary?
__________________
Gay marriage isn't special rights, it's equal rights. "Special rights" are for political churches who don't pay any taxes.- J. Fugelsang
rdowns is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 07:25 AM   #5
andrewp
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by rdowns View Post
What is running that you deem unnecessary?
An external audio interface driver, 3 processes for my HP wireless printer that I rarely use and some more...

Fact is that my mac used to run extremely fast as soon as it entered the OS, now it takes like 30sec to achieve the same speed. So by eliminating these processes I will be able to get some of the speed back...
andrewp is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 07:33 AM   #6
xUKHCx
Administrator emeritus
 
xUKHCx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: The Kop
Check out the folders

/Library/StartupItems
/System/Library/StartupItems

Some items of software put things in there.

Of course if you know the names of the bits of software then you can do a spotlight search for them (including System files)
xUKHCx is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2009, 08:00 AM   #7
redwarrior
macrumors 603
 
redwarrior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: in the Dawg house
Is it safe to just take stuff out of there? Qmaster is one that I don't think I need.

I have to search for "tap" and "tun"
__________________
the light at the end of the tunnel may be you -Aerosmith
redwarrior is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2013, 10:12 PM   #8
yashrg
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
How about Plex media manager? Is there a way I can remove it from startup items without having to uninstall it completely? I don't see it listed in "login items" I don't see it in /library/startupitems or /system/library/startupitems This is really baffling!
yashrg is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 1, 2013, 09:32 AM   #9
Weaselboy
macrumors G5
 
Weaselboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by yashrg View Post
How about Plex media manager? Is there a way I can remove it from startup items without having to uninstall it completely? I don't see it listed in "login items" I don't see it in /library/startupitems or /system/library/startupitems This is really baffling!
Here is a step by step to remove Plex.
Weaselboy is offline   1 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help with troubleshooting startup desktop clean-up/remove script Dark09 Mac Programming 1 Feb 5, 2014 06:27 PM
startup items AbdullahTammour OS X Mavericks (10.9) 2 Jan 28, 2014 06:34 PM
How to remove items from the Privacy menu comics addict OS X Mavericks (10.9) 4 Dec 8, 2013 11:14 PM
help [remove items from Safari Popular list] bpul2113 iMac 9 Oct 16, 2012 11:23 PM
Many dock items impact startup/boot time? rg1980 Mac Basics and Help 1 Jul 24, 2012 10:56 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC