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Sometimes when I switch Wi-Fi network or connect to a VPN via Global Protect the memory usage of /System/Library/CoreServices/WiFiAgent.app shoots up and my fans go mental. Why?

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This screenshot is one of the worst times it has happened, the usage is not alway consistent sometimes its 2GB, sometimes 6GB etc etc

Basic macbook pro 13" 2017

  • Hi Will, I've identified the Wi-Fi application on my computer and it's not using a large amount of memory. I presume you're using the latest version of Mojave? – Ezekiel Elin Feb 26 '19 at 15:28
  • @EzekielElin I believe that I am, if not I shouldn't be too far out of date. For the most part the application works fine like yours is but sometimes it spikes and it spikes high! – Will Poole Feb 26 '19 at 15:46
  • Thanks, there was enough information to identify the application involved (which is part of macOS actually). No clue what's going on though. – nohillside Feb 26 '19 at 18:20
  • Taken from @chrisdahfuh's answer: "Also, are you streaming/uploading/downloading anything? I see Google Chrome is using 1GB? Does it only happen when Google Chrome is open?" – nohillside Feb 26 '19 at 18:21
  • Most highly upvoted version of this question: 340286. – Jess Riedel Sep 3 '19 at 15:34
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This link provides instructions on how to reset your wifi configuration and removing/resetting specific plist files on your system under "Make a New Wi-Fi Configuration in MacOS Mojave" (with other useful Wifi tips), it could possibly help:

http://osxdaily.com/2018/11/19/fix-macos-mojave-wifi-problems/

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This is expected if you have a lot of networking. I'll close this as a duplicate of a couple questions covering this, but if you @ me in comments if you edit this to cover new ground we can revisit the hold / close.

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