Whic of these can I quit?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by Smileyguy, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Nov 29, 2004
    #1
    Hi guys,

    I felt that my 1.33Ghz 12' powerbook was running a bit sluggish this morning, so I opened Activity Monitor, and there did indeed seem to be a lot running. Now I was able to delete a few things but there's a lot of other stuff that I'm not sure if it's safe to close, such as:

    Security Agent
    AppleSpell
    HP IO Classic Proxy (presumably something related to my printer, but does it need to be open?)
    HP Event Handler (same as above)
    System Events
    SystemUIServer
    pbs
    loginwindow
    ATSSServer
    WindowServer

    I'm tempted to delete them all. What can and can't I delete?

    Thanks,

    SG
     
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    mad jew

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    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    #2
    Well don't delete them. You can stop some of them although I wouldn't personally do that to any but the HP processes. Check your StartupItems fodler in the Library and also your Login Items in System Preferences to remove anything you don't want to automatically start. The remaining processes are generally part of the system and should be left alone.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    irishgrizzly

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    May 15, 2006
    #3
    None of them! I'd leave them all alone, they're related to the OS and need to be running. If your systems running slow their are plenty of things you can do to speed it up, like;

    • Run Software Update
    • Restart – if you being leaving the running for months
    • Repair Permissions
    • Use a system cleaner like onyX
    • Clean space off your HD (esp if you have less than 1GB free)
    • Delete any programs that you no longer use
    • Add more RAM
     
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    robbieduncan

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    Location:
    London
    #4
    See my annotations in the list below:

    Get the idea?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nov 29, 2004
    #5
    Thanks guys, I get the picture. ;)
     

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