startup processes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maul20, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. maul20 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    I'm trying to turn off several of the processes that load whenever I startup my MBP. I looked in the Activity Monitor and it shows several different processes that I don't need taking up memory. I quit each process and when I restart they just come back.

    So I checked the Startup Items in System Preferences to see if I can remove them from there, but none of them are listed. i also checked /library/startupitems and the folder is empty and also checked in the library from my user folder but is a also empty. Why wouldn't the processes that show in the Activity Monitor match the ones set to launch in the Startup Items? or in the startupitems folder? Is there another place that I can go to stop these from loading when I start my computer?
    im sure this processes are not essential because i have the original list(saved in .jpg) right after i reinstalled the SO, and there are alot of new unnecesary processes.

  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    What are the processes that you're concerned about?
  3. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    When they don't show in either of the places you mention, they are often one of two things- either system generated processes or backgound (launchd) processes generated by third party software that can be tough (but not impossible) to track down.

    A lot of us have had experience with tracking down some of the particular weird ones, so it would be to your advantage to list the paticular processes by name you are trying to eliminate so that more direct assistance might be provided.

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