Control Startup Items in El Capitan

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  1. BrandonJ macrumors newbie

    BrandonJ

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    Hi there,

    I can see in activity monitor that there are a lot of things being loaded at startup and when my laptop was recently at the apple store for a repair, they said the same and that I should clean that up.

    I have gone into system preferences, users & groups, Login items, and there was only iTunes helper in there. I looked in the library folder for startupitems but couldn't find it in there so went to Go>Go To Folder and then /Library/StartUpItems which displayed the folder but no items were visible. Are they hidden?

    Not sure where to go from here, I have searched around and can't find too much. Any help here much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    2012 Macbook Pro 15" with El Capitan
     
  2. chabig macrumors 603

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    Chances are that everything you see running in Activity Monitor is supposed to be running. It's normal. If you have specific concerns, post a picture of your Activity Monitor and we can talk about specific items.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Look in all these folders. ~ is your users folder.

    ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons
    /Library/StartupItems

    What may also help is the app Etrecheck. Run it and it will create a report showing all login and startup items and which of the folders I listed the item is in. The report is anonymized, so if you like you can post it here for us to try and help you.
     

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