Why are the
securityd processes using so much CPU on OS X 10.10.3?
I am on a Early 2011 Macbook Pro.
What are these processes for? Is it safe to kill them? The machine has only been up 4 hours so has been rebooted recently.
In Mail.app's application's preferences, I deselected "Accounts > Advanced > Automatically Detect and Maintain Account Settings" on two Google accounts, and CPU usage returned to normal.
I had similar issue with accountsd using 44 % CPU. The following steps solved the issue.
In Calendar.app > Preferences > Accounts... I disabled and enabled the account that Mail and Calendar kept trying to access.
I had a Gmail account that was closed still signed into my Mac's system preferences.
Once I removed the account, accountsd went from 83% CPU to 0.01 after 30 seconds, my CPU temp went down from 183F to 106F, and my fans stopped running at high speed.
I agree with most in regards to a Gmail account being the common denominator.
Per someone else's suggestion on a similar thread, I deselected the Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Advanced > Automatically Detect and Maintain Account Settings and the CPU dropped back to normal range. I have 3 google, 1 yahoo, and iCloud accounts. Hopefully this fix will stick. I had run Disk Util multiple times for same issue, and there seem to be continual permissions errors popping up, so not sure if another underlying process or this was it. Good luck!
I got accountsd to quiet down by exiting and restarting the Mail app. It went from around 60% CPU to 0% CPU. No reboot was required.
I'm not sure what triggered its bad behavior, but I was looking at my accounts and provisioning profiles in Xcode for a very long time.
In the Mail app, go to Window > Activity and try to cancel everything it is doing. That solved it for me
I met this problem when I just updated to 10.13.6, too. And I happily find this problem disappear after I restart my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015).
Could you please try to log out of all you iCloud Services, reboot and login again.
I have the same issue, which occurs randomly. I'm suspecting iCloud or my Mail accounts in System Preferences. From time to time systems preference pane is asking me to enter my google passwords, which I decline to do.
It sounds like that there is a bug in the file indexing of iOS. Sometimes,
accountsd gets stuck in an indefinite loop while indexing the files in the computer (for Spotlight use). The way to solve it is to reset the indexing on your laptop:
This will erase your previous index file and should solve your problem with the high usage of
accountsd. However, Spotlight won't work any more. If you don't need it, don't bother to follow the rest of the instructions.
But if you need Spotlight back, remove Macintosh HD from the list by selecting it and clicking the
- button. Do this over the night or sometime that you don't need your laptop for few hours as it is going to reindex your files and takes a lot of computer resources.
Unchecking Calendars and Messages in my Google account solved it for me. It is no loss to me, regardless, as I only use Google for some mail at the moment (which I left selected). As to why this was an issue with Google, and why it only became an problem recently, I am at a loss.
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