My iMac machine is running extremely slow or sometimes freezes and won’t even open any applications. Is this normal? Please show me some suggestions to make my iMac faster! Note: I am sure there is no problem with the hardware, so do not advise me to add more RAM, change a bigger HDD etc. I need solution to let it run faster without paying a cent to upgrade any hardware components. Any advice will be appreciated! Oh, forget to mention, my iMac is running with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Well, based on your description, obviously your Mac is not in its peak performance.
Except outdated hardware, there are quite many other possible reasons to make an iMac computer running slower than it used to. Also there are numerous separate solutions to deal with each issue. For example, you can optimize your iMac startups by checking your Login Items under System Preferences > Accounts to see what you have automatically launching. Also feel free to check /Library/LaunchAgents/ and /Users/yourusername/Library/LaunchAgents/ for items launching at startup. Meanwhile, if there are too many useless applications running on iMac. Removing those might help take some burden for the imac system.
However, since the causes are various and quite a lot are invisible, fixing them manually can be a time-intensive job. As a result, if you prefer a simple yet fast way to make your iMac faster, it is recommended to try some iMac optimization software, below shows two nice tools. Both very powerful, easy-to-use & risk-free. Note: they provide you the option to free scan for iMac performance issues, but to fix them you need to register the app.
MacKeeper 2013 - can run a quick search, identifies and removes duplicates that clog up your Mac applications and restores your OS X to optimum performance with ease. With its powerful multitasking capability you can execute more searches simultaneously and take advantage of the latest functionality on your iMac. The 16-in-1 software can make your entire iMac system faster, including the boot volume, by removing unwanted files, logs and caches, language files and system junk files etc. You can also use the app to easily uninstall unneeded applications with simple ‘Drag and Drop’.
Note: if the above solutions still won’t help, upgrading your OS X 10.7 to latest 10.8 Mountain Lion is a good choice.
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