mac version of registry?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DaveTheRave, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    Question for you from a non mac guy. One of my biggest pc gripes is that many programs add themselves to the startup process in the registry. I know this because my SpySweeper program tells me each time something like AOL IM, etc tries to set itself up to autorun on startup. After awhile it takes way too long for the computer to boot up becuase there's so much crap that tries to startup. This isn't really spyware, but its still annoying. Does this happen on a mac? If so is there a way to look up at the startup registry like a pc, and manually disable some startup processes if necessary? This is the kind of crap that makes a decent machine run slow. Very annoying.
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Generally, applications ask if you'd like them to be started automatically.

    You can see what's being started when you log in by looking at the Accounts preference pane in System Preferences.
  3. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Almost never. And anything that does set itself to start automatically is in a friendly system preference panel with check boxes, not some archaic registry.

    Most of the time, the only thing that is ever in there is iTunes helper, which is enabled by default.

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