I noticed that even when Safari is closed, many web processes are active, and these processes are active even when I just restarted my Mac.

Actually, I noticed that this process is in the Spotlight web content group, what is the purpose of it and when will it stop ?

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  • Is it perhaps a Dashboard widget? That looks like a news site, so perhaps a news ticker widget? Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 12:28
  • I don't have any dashboard widget, and many websites are concerned, but never all of them at once. But as I mentioned, this seems to be linked to Spotlight. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 12:36
  • Is this website perhaps in your Reading List within Safari? Perhaps Spotlight is used to index the content of your Safari Reading List. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 12:56
  • No, I checked and this website isn't in my reading list. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 13:02

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I noticed that too, and did the following to "solve the problem" (it's not a problem for some people though :P ):

In System Preferences, open Spotlight. In Search Results tab, disable Bookmarks & History. Then restart. After that, Safari Web Content process won't be active when Safari is not open.

  • But I think we should probably wait till it stops, apart if it never does... Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 8:37
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    Wow. I thought I had disabled all of them (Bing, Suggestions, etc) but I never would have guessed this one. Thank you! Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 2:01

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