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.
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This issue appeared with macOS Catalina for me, and only if I have the Mail app open without an internet connection.
Going to Mail->Window->Connection Doctor->ShowDetail, it looks like there's an infinite loop running, which tries to connect to the mail server.
The only temporal solutions are to either disable the account which is causing trouble (via Mail Preferences) or to quit the Mail app when I'm offline.
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.
The same problem still exists in 10.15.5. Whatever uses icloud will trigger accountsd. I followed the instruction from
Lo and behold the problem was fixed. Basically, rm -R ~/Library/Keychains/xxx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxx; and restart. You will see a folder that looks like a keychain under ~/Library/Keychains/ and you need to replace the xx...x part with that keychain. Good luck!
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.
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!
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.