Processes in Activity Monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eyebeaz, May 14, 2007.

  1. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2006
    I was looking at the processes in my Activity Monitor, and there seem to be several that are unecessary (such as iTunes Helper). Furthermore there are some that I don't know much about such as aped, ATTServer, mdimport, Microsoft AU Daemon, and pbs. Does anyone know what these are, if they are important, and how I can prevent a process from starting automatically, cause some of them take up valuable memory. Any help/advice is appreciated! Thanks.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    The iTunes Helper is used to launch iTunes when you attach an iPod. It may have other uses too.

    aped: not sure, I think it's part of Application Enhancer?
    ATTServer: I think this has something to do with the type/fonts system. Might be a typo: ATSServer server fonts to user applications
    mdimport: This is part of Spotlight. It is what keeps the index up to date
    MS AU Daemon: Part of Office Autoupdate. Not really required, but without it you'll not get notifications to update office
    pbs: Pasteboard server. Without this you cannot copy and paste.

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