Activity Monitor -- What shouldn't be there?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by neoelectronaut, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    I saw someone mention in another thread that sometimes apps can leave behind stuff that screws with you performance, and can be seen in the activity monitor. How do I know what shouldn't be in my activity monitor?
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I don't think there is any easy way to know what shouldn't be there unless you know what should. Just make sure that nothing that you don't recognize is using a lot of resources.
  3. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    i was trying to find this out as well, and it seems that if you don't have a good knowlege of what processes the OS uses it's not very useful to try and find rogue processes.

    you could always just quit a process, and see if it was on used by the system. :p
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Try looking at the Activity Monitor after a restart, prior to starting any applications.

    Then, start an application and note the changes. To be precise, you should start the whole process again for each application.

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