Question about Downloads Folder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Slothzilla, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Slothzilla macrumors newbie

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    Ive recently embarked upon a crusade to clean up my mac and increase its speed. It dawned on me that in the entire duration of me owning my computer I've never touched my downloads folder. Could the countless files downloaded to it slow down my computer?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Whatever you do, don't fall for the marketing hype of "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps, which are useless and can do more harm than good.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
     
  3. Slothzilla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I checked my activity monitor and its really long and has a lot of stuff running that I'm not entirely sure what the tasks are however they all have my username as the owner of said process and none sound malicious. Is there a way to check and see exactly what these tasks are
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You could Google each one to find information about it, but it's very likely they are all legitimate processes, many of which are components of OS X.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The app Etrecheck is really good for this. Run the app and it will produce a report showing all third party apps and processes running. If you want, post the report up here and we can help you decipher it. The results are anonymized.
     
  6. Slothzilla, Mar 12, 2015
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    Slothzilla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Below is the ere scan

    Problem description:
    a lot of things running in activity monitor. Simply want to know what these processes actually are

    Code:
    EtreCheck version: 2.1.8 (121)
    Report generated March 12, 2015 at 4:59:40 PM EDT
    Download EtreCheck from [url]http://etresoft.com/etrecheck[/url]
    
    Click the [Click for support] links for help with non-Apple products.
    Click the [Click for details] links for more information about that line.
    Click the [Adware! - Remove] links for help removing adware.
    
    Hardware Information: ℹ️
        MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (Technical Specifications)
        MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro9,2
        1 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU: 2-core
        4 GB RAM Upgradeable
            BANK 0/DIMM0
                2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
            BANK 1/DIMM0
                2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
        Bluetooth: Good - Handoff/Airdrop2 supported
        Wireless:  en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n
        Battery Health: Normal - Cycle count 219
    
    Video Information: ℹ️
        Intel HD Graphics 4000
            Color LCD 1280 x 800
    
    System Software: ℹ️
        OS X 10.10.2 (14C1510) - Time since boot: 3:51:27
    
    Disk Information: ℹ️
        APPLE HDD HTS545050A7E362 disk0 : (500.11 GB)
            EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB 
            Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / : 499.25 GB (394.38 GB free)
            Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>  [Recovery]: 650 MB 
    
        HL-DT-ST DVDRW  GS31N  
    
    USB Information: ℹ️
        Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in) 
        Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub 
            Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller 
        Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver 
        Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad 
    
    Thunderbolt Information: ℹ️
        Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus
    
    Gatekeeper: ℹ️
        Mac App Store and identified developers
    
    Adware: ℹ️
        Geneio [Adware! - Remove]
    
    Kernel Extensions: ℹ️
            /Library/Application Support/VirtualBox
        [loaded]    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxDrv (4.3.14) [Click for support]
        [loaded]    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxNetAdp (4.3.14) [Click for support]
        [loaded]    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxNetFlt (4.3.14) [Click for support]
        [loaded]    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxUSB (4.3.14) [Click for support]
    
    Launch Agents: ℹ️
        [running]    com.hp.productresearch.plist [Click for support]
    
    Launch Daemons: ℹ️
        [loaded]    com.adobe.fpsaud.plist [Click for support]
        [loaded]    com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper.plist [Click for support]
        [not loaded]    org.eyebeam.SelfControl.plist [Click for support]
        [not loaded]    org.virtualbox.startup.plist [Click for support]
    
    User Launch Agents: ℹ️
        [loaded]    com.genieo.completer.download.plist  [Adware! - Remove]
        [loaded]    com.genieo.completer.update.plist  [Adware! - Remove]
        [loaded]    com.google.keystone.agent.plist [Click for support]
        [not loaded]    org.virtualbox.vboxwebsrv.plist [Click for support]
    
    User Login Items: ℹ️
        iTunesHelper    Application  (/Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunesHelper.app)
        Transmission    UNKNOWN  (missing value)
    
    Internet Plug-ins: ℹ️
        FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: 16.0.0.305 - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]
        QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
        Flash Player: Version: 16.0.0.305 - SDK 10.6 Outdated! Update
        Default Browser: Version: 600 - SDK 10.10
        SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.3.9 - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]
        Silverlight: Version: 5.1.20913.0 - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]
        JavaAppletPlugin: Version: 15.0.0 - SDK 10.10 Check version
    
    User internet Plug-ins: ℹ️
        thinkorswim plugin_x86_64: Version: Unknown
        tossc plugin_x86_64: Version: Unknown
    
    3rd Party Preference Panes: ℹ️
        Flash Player  [Click for support]
    
    Time Machine: ℹ️
        Time Machine not configured!
    
    Top Processes by CPU: ℹ️
             5%    WindowServer
             1%    DashboardClient
             0%    fontd
             0%    NotificationCenter
             0%    SystemUIServer
    
    Top Processes by Memory: ℹ️
        153 MB    com.apple.WebKit.WebContent
        120 MB    Safari
        90 MB    Mail
        77 MB    Microsoft Word
        77 MB    Messages
    
    Virtual Memory Information: ℹ️
        129 MB    Free RAM
        1.73 GB    Active RAM
        1.59 GB    Inactive RAM
        671 MB    Wired RAM
        2.39 GB    Page-ins
        33 MB    Page-outs
    
    Diagnostics Information: ℹ️
        Mar 12, 2015, 01:36:06 PM    /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/DesktopServicesHelper_2015-03-12-133606_[redacted].cpu_resource.diag [Click for details]
        Mar 12, 2015, 01:06:21 PM    Self test - passed
        Mar 11, 2015, 06:21:32 PM    /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/DesktopServicesHelper_2015-03-11-182132_[redacted].cpu_resource.diag [Click for details]
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  8. Slothzilla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! Turns out I had 5 or 6 different extensions or malicious programs running that adwaremedic detected and removed. I also delete the HP product research application.

    Thanks again for your help!
     

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