How do I remove startup items in MacOS

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by andrewp, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2008
    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?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    system prefs -> accounts -> choose your account -> login items
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Thanks, but as mentioned it only shows me Itunes helper and nothing else. Am I missing something?
  4. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    What is running that you deem unnecessary?
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2008
    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...
  6. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Check out the folders


    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)
  7. macrumors 603


    Apr 7, 2008
    in the Dawg house
    Is it safe to just take stuff out of there? Qmaster is one that I don't think I need.:confused:

    I have to search for "tap" and "tun" :eek:
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 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!
  9. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Here is a step by step to remove Plex.

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