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How to Speed up a slow running MacBook Pro?

02/09/2017 1021 views
I have a MacBook Pro for 2012 model. It’s a 3GHz with 4 GB of RAM.
It has been proved a great computer for me, but from past few days, it’s starting to get slow and somewhat laggy. Safari has crashed continuously even when I open few tabs.
Also, I am not using any kind of Antivirus software on my MacBook Pro. Any tips or tricks to make it fast again. 
Note: Please do not give tips like re-install OS and update to macOS Sierra. As I am already using macOS Sierra and have re-installed Mac OS two times.

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If despite using, latest Mac OS and reinstalling the OS multiple times, you are facing slow MacBook Pro problems, then you need to look into other parameters. Below I have written some points that might helpful in improving a slow Mac performance. 

  1. Replace your Mac hard drive with an SSD
  2. Add more memory (RAM)
  3. Clean your Mac's hard drive
  4. Reduce login items
  5. Identify resources hungry process
  6. Clean-up your MacBook Pro using a free Mac cleaner software. Here is my suggestion http://download.cnet.com/Stellar-SpeedUp-Mac/3000-18512_4-75375354.html
Let me know your progress.
Answered 02/09/2017 by: peteosmac
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By a Windows computer... jokes.
By a new Mac Book... jokes.

Wheres  emoji when you need one?

Anyway, sounds like you need to visit the quacks at the Genius Bar. You've done two of things I was going to say XD Sounds like your HDD 'could' be dying, worth a check. Get Crystal Disk Mark and bench mark it, compare your HDD/SSD model to other online to see if your getting the same performance. If you can get the SMART info form the HDD/SSD, it tells you the if its going to die, has errors detected etc.

Could be anything really, its like saying my car is slow and you changed the petrol and ECU - could be anything else but those!

Agree it should run pretty hot out of a fresh OS install though, even my crap Windows computers run ok on old hardware till I load it up with crud.
Answered 02/09/2017 by: rileyz
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Answered 02/09/2017 by: JasonEgg
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