kernel_task warning

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Speed38, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. Speed38 macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2011
    WDC Metro area
    My wife and I run EtreCheck once every two weeks to check the general health of our Macs.

    Today, on her two-year old MB Pro, running the latest version of Yosemite, EtreCheck, under Top Processes by Memory, had kernel_task 5.69 GB, all in red, indicating a problem.

    When in the past something had been hogging memory, we could go to Activity Monitor and choose and then quit the offending application. This is not possible with the process kernel_panic.

    Any idea of what would cause this? I presume restarting the MB Pro would fix it?

    Many thanks.
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You do not need to run anything to keep your Mac healthy. There is no point in running something like EtreCheck unless you are actually experiencing a problem and need support.

    Kernel_task is the OS itself. Perhaps there has been a memory leak. A simple restart would fix this.

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