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macOS' task manager utility application. It is used to perform different tasks on computer processes, as well as monitor system resource usage.

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What is the ApplicationsStorageExtension process on macOS?

I heard my MacBook Air's fan running loudly, so I opened Activity Monitor. I see that a process named "ApplicationsStorageExtension" has a high number for % CPU. How do I kill that process? ...
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TG Pro and Powermetrics

Recently I discovered an app called TG Pro that has all information about the CPU and GPU temperature. However, it shows that it is on sale with $10.00. But I'm not sure if this payment is monthly or ...
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How do I check the memory usage from a certain time in macOs?

I had a website which was using massive amounts of memory on my MacBook but I was unable to take a screenshot of the total memory usage from Activity Monitor to file an issue with the website. Is ...
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CPU and RAM usage statistics for iPhone/iOS (similar to Activity Monitor)?

Is there any (preferably free) way to view CPU and RAM usage by process (e.g. app) on iPhone without jailbreaking the device? Activity Monitor on macOS displays Process Name % CPU (per core I believe)...
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How can Activity Monitor received packets count decrease?

In OS X Activity Monitor I noticed that the Received Packets count sometimes decreased as I was watching. This doesn't make sense because the number of packets counted in that column should always ...
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Resetting Activity Monitor

I read In activity monitor what time frame is the data sent / received data from? and understand that Activity Monitor data received/sent is from system boot. Is there a terminal command or other ...
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What is the Unknown (0) process with 232 threads on my iPhone?

Here's a list of the processes on iPhone, obtained with help of Activity Monitor in Xcode instruments. Is the Unknown(0) process with 232 threads owned by root malware?
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Activity Monitor and System Profiler won't report 32 bit apps

I'm trying to check which apps I am going to lose when I upgrade to Big Sur. According to numerous websites I should be able to do this via Activity Monitor or System Profiler. Activity monitor should ...
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gamecontrollerd taking up CPU, how to disable gamecontrollerd?

On my mac I see that gamecontrollerd is take 1+% CPU. I don't ever use a game controller and it doesn't seem useful for it to be running at all. Is there some setting to disable it? What is it doing? ...
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MacVim's Python processes populate Activity Monitor and take 99% CPU

Every time I open up MacVim, a Python process starts up. After exiting the program, they remain running. Opening up MacVim a second time will produce another Python process. What do I do to stop this? ...
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What is storagekitd?

I'm actually surprised I'm asking this as I would've thought there'd be something online regarding what this process is. I apologize if I didn't search hard enough... I'm curious to know what exactly ...
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how to force quit LookupViewService Processes?

How do I force quit the LookupViewService processes? Activity Monitor showed using a lot of Real Memory!
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How to identify a strange item on my menubar?

After rebooting recently, I noticed a new, unknown icon showing up in my menubar (I'm on Mac OS 10.15.7). Right clicking / double tapping on it does nothing. When I open Activity Monitor, I see ...
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What is wrong with my Mac? Unknown df process

I am using a 13-inch MBP 2019 running macOS 11.1. My Mac has been running extremely slowly starting today. It seems as though a process called "df" is the problem, but I can't figure out ...
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Process owned by a user remains active after the user logs out

I share my MacBook Air1 with my son. When he is logged out2 of his user account and I look at the activity monitor in my account, there are several processes owned by his user that are still running: ...
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How to fix pkd service high CPU usage?

My browsers (Safari, Chrome) freezes after 1-5 minute of usage. Activity monitor shows pkd process at peak 100% CPU usage. Usually killing it works as a workaround, yet sometimes even Activity Monitor ...
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Why can I not maximize Activity Monitor to full screen?

I am unable to find any meaningful answer anywhere else on the internet. You can maximize Safari to full screen. You can maximize Pages to full screen. You can maximize most of the general use native ...
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Activity Monitor: Is there a way to sum up child processes into their parents?

I really like the Hierarchical view in activity monitor for finding which process belongs to which application. The problem is that when you sort by "% CPU" it sorts by the value of the ...
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How do I view full process paths in Activity Monitor?

I'm using macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 and the Activity Monitor.app only shows the name of the process, and I can't configure it to show the full process paths via the GUI settings. Is it possible to show ...
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View big.LITTLE cores on htop or similar utility

Is there a utility in which I can see which of the cores are running at which frequencies? Or, even better, that shows whether a core is big or LITTLE? For example, neither htop (on Rosetta 2, ...
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Identify a specific process in macOS Big Sur

I'm writing a shell script that mimics the functionality of setting the menu bar date and time format via System Preferences in macOS Big Sur. The action of checking/unchecking the 24-Hour Time option ...
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“Usernoted” process eating all my cpu [duplicate]

What is this process and how can I get rid of it? I ran antivirus etc but without any success. Terminating it in the activity monitor won't change anything. Sampling process 416 for 3 seconds with 1 ...
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YaraScanService makes my MacBook Pro slow [duplicate]

I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro to High Sierra and found out that it started working very slowly. As Activity Monitor says, the process YaraScanService is the one to blame. It's eating about 10GB ...
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Macbook Pro 16" overheating external display and no scaling option

This is just with the monitor connected running in mirror mode, just one safer tab opened. This with the closed lid in clamshell mode running colder, but so tiny image at 2k resolution (or blurry at ...
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A process called “accountsd” has over 200% of CPU usage - MacBook Air 2020 [duplicate]

Apparently for no reason this process takes a lot of cpu resources and makes my mac unusable(battery drops, overheating and performance drops). I upgraded the operating system to the latest version ...
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How to display network statistics in the menu bar?

I already know how to view network activity using Activity Monitor. But today I saw someone with network statistics displayed in the menu bar: How is this achieved?
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Does this usage pattern warrant getting more memory?

So this is about an old MacBook Pro - just old enough to have user replaceable memory. The memory usage usually stays in the green, but the size of the Cached Files + Memory Used usually adds up to ...
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Figure out used swap from command line?

When looking at the Activity Monitor it says that I am using 459.5MB of swap. I would like to figure this number out from the command line. I have been able to duplicate all the other memory numbers ...
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Types of memory: Why do private and shared not add up to real memory?

Answers to previous questions define types of real memory used by a process roughly as follows: Real memory: the amount of physical memory allocated to a process (eg the number of pages) Real shared ...
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Per-process CPU doesn't add up to total in Activity Monitor?

Observing Activity Monitor, the per-process CPU is often very different to the total CPU. Example Here the sum of individual processes is > 50%, yet the total said to be (100 - 91.43) 8.57%. Why ...
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ApplePushService Segmentation Fault (with com.apple.apsd process threads)

I'm having a problem with ApplePushService and a Segmentation Fault (with apsd process threads). Is this some possible iCloud authentication problem? Does anyone have any ideas about this? OS Version: ...
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Siri Accounts Faults in MAC OS Catalina (10.15.6): (Process Demon Faults: accountsd + deleted + locationd) VERY slow CPU!

I'm seeing a common Mac OS Catalina (10.15.6) fault with accountsd/deleted and Siri? (com.apple.siri.e)? It seems to be extremely serious! Does anyone know the cause or solution for this? My ...
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Macbook Pro fan running full speed, activity monitor shows no computationally intensive applications

My 2018 Macbook pro 15 inch fan is running at full speed all the time. I checked activity monitor and my idle was >95%. If this is a hardware problem, is there any way to fix it without opening up ...
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Touch Bar Server shows up in Activity Monitor, but no Touch Bar on my Mac

I have an early 2013 13" Retina MacBook Pro. I was checking Activity Monitor and noticed that TouchBarServer is usually at the top of the list for both CPU and Memory. Mind you, the 2013 MacBook ...
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High CPU usage for WindowServer process in Activity monitor

On my Macbook Pro 13" 2020 model, WindowServer is constantly eating away 20% to 40% CPU. Tried the usual recommendations, but none help. (reduce transparency, display scaling etc) Also tried to ...
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In Tiger's Activity Monitor, what is “% Nice” CPU?

I installed OS X Tiger in an emulator, to learn more about how OS X's UI has evolved over the years. I noticed that Activity Monitor measures the percentage of CPU that is "Nice", in addition to the ...
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How to see root user processes in Activity Monitor?

I am wondering how to show the root user processes in Activity Monitor. On my mac, my personal user and root user show up, but on my sister's mac, only her personal user processes show up in Activity ...
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remindd sometimes spikes over 100-200% CPU usage

Over the past few months, I have experienced my MacBook turning on its fans because of high CPU usage. When that happens, I see that a process called remindd is using 100-300% CPU for a long time, ...
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I have dual monitors for my MacBook Pro. Stop Automatically shift to one of the monitor?

I set up my dual monitors connecting to Macbook Pro and unchecked "the Display has separate spaces" option so that I can use the monitors in a continuous fashion. The two monitors are stacked up (one ...
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What is kernel_task reading and writing?

On my machine, kernel_task has a very large number of reads and writes compared to my usage. I spend almost all my time online on google chrome. Over the past month, Activity Monitor shows ...
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Is there a tool for Monitoring IP addresses and network activity on MAC OS - similiar to resource monitor on windows 10

On windows 10, there is a program called Resource Monitor. Under the network tab, if I select an application, I can see all the external IP addresses that application is connected to. Is there ...
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process investigation (wackly ruby)

I develop ruby on rails apps. Today I noticed a bunch of unexpected ruby processes taking up a bunch of memory. So I decided to investigate. The results of the investigation are sort of inconclusive ...
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What is could spawn tons of processes called AppleUserHIDDrivers over and over

I see 18 instances of the process AppleUserHIDDrivers running on my MacOS, according to the activity monitor, belonging to the user _driverkit. The parent process is listed as launchd. What could be ...
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Some applications are reporting different stats than Activity Monitor?

So here's something I'm curious about: When running a full project in Ableton Live (music production), I am (when setting sample rate to the max) getting get drop outs and stuttering. This is as ...
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Activity Monitor No Longer displays columns

I have a Mac Mini (late 2012) running Catalina (10.15.3). I can't remember when I first noticed it, but for a while now, I cannot sort Activity Monitor's columns. This is essentially what it looks ...
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How does Watch determine distance walked if Location Services are off?

Apple Watch 3 (newly purchased) and iPhone XR I rarely enable Location Services on my phone. When I go for an ‘Outdoor Walk’ the ‘Activity’ app tells me my step count and the distance covered. If ...
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Extreme slowing down of MacBook Pro due to pkd process

I am debugging this issue for several days now, but just realized that a certain pkd process is responsible for extremely slowing down my MacBook Pro. When I kill this process, everything works fine. ...
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Prevent a process from being killed by any user mode means

I use Freedom to help me stay focused while working. Sometimes I will be so disillusioned with my work, that I will go to such lengths as to try and kill the process from the terminal. I'd like to ...
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How to tell which Safari tab is consuming the most memory

I'm on 10.15.2 Catalina, and my fans have currently been running steady for hours. I opened Activity Monitor, am viewing the CPU tab, and sorting by % CPU. Safari is at 102.6 as I type this. Activity ...
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What are the numerous 'cron' tasks in Activity Monitor memory section? [duplicate]

I just took a look at my activity monitor (to see if I could optimize my RAM), and saw at the bottom of the memory section a huge amount of root tasks simply titled 'cron' (screenshot below). They ...

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