Getting Rid Of, & What Are These Prog's ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Robert4, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Robert4 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2012

    New iMac user.
    Just ran "Activity Monitor".
    Amazing how much "stuff" apparently gets on HD, and takes up memory, without
    one doing it on purpose.


    a. I have Backup & Sync From Google.
    Pretty sure I don't need it.

    Can't figure out how to access it, And how to get rid of it.

    How would I trash it, please ?

    b. And I found this:

    Apparently using a fair amount of memory, and always running.

    What is it ?

    It's a Folder, and has in it:

    As always, thanks for help,
  2. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    The keychain uses sqlite-- don't delete it unless you want to break things.I believe Google backup and Sync is most often used with Android.

    Are you short on disk space?
  3. meddow macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2017
    isnt Google backup the dropbox like thing from google?
  4. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Oh! They did rename Google Drive.

    So many cloud storage providers these days, it's hard to keep track.
  5. Robert4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2012

    Thanks for replies.
    Great Forum and folks.

    Plenty of HD space left, but "Activity Monitor" shows RAM is being used up.

    Want to try and close out anything running that I don't need running, and any apps, etc. that I
    don't know what they are, or how they got on system.

    Thanks again,
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    RAM is supposed to be used - that's it's purpose in life...
    The Mac system is pretty good about using the RAM that you have available, and might be using all of it from time to time. The memory use is dynamic, and depends on what you are doing with the Mac at the time.
    Apps that are running will appear in the dock, identified as running apps.
    If you are now talking about the various processes that appear in your Activity Monitor, some are part of the system, running in the background, or processes that are used by individual apps. Quitting processes randomly may also result in quitting apps that you might be using at that moment.

    So, the system, and some kinds of apps, may use a lot of RAM, and may use even more if you can upgrade the RAM installed on your Mac. It's mostly out of your control.
    The MAIN item that you would watch for is those times that your system seems to slow down, lag, etc.
    If your Mac seems to work smoothly, and you are OK with the performance, and response from the system is OK, then your memory is OK, too.
    You can view memory usage in the Memory tab of your Activity Monitor. Watch the Memory Pressure graph. If it is generally green, then memory use is good. Yellow, not so much. Red may indicate that you need to find out what app that you are using is, well, using the memory, and demanding more than the system might have available. If your Mac is upgradeable, and the memory pressure is sometimes in the red, you should consider adding more memory to your Mac.
  7. Robert4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2012
    --- Post Merged, Mar 22, 2018 ---

    Really good info.

    Thanks for taking the time to explain.
    Appreciate it.


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