Questions tagged [activity-monitor]

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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Is there way to show disk i/o read/writes per process in real time?

I am struggling to find out what process is eating away my Mac performance, and disk i/o is the culprit. Activity Monitor frequently shows megabytes of read/write, but unfortunately, it does not show ...
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Activity Monitor shows java process, jps shows only JPS

My Activity Monitor shows a "java" process taking up 400 MB RAM. jps and sudo jps show only JPS. How do I find out what's running java?
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Is there a way to filter Activity Monitor by unresponsive applications?

It can sometimes be a slight nuisance to scroll through the whole list in Activity Monitor to find unresponsive applications – especially when this happens often and there's a lot of processes going ...
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Mac at 100% CPU Usage when plugged into monitor

I just got this Asus 1080p monitor and I've connected my Mid-2014 13-inch rMBP (2.8GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB of memory, Intel Iris 1536 MB Graphics, running El Capitan 10.11.6) to it via HDMI. The ...
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MacBook gets heated up

I am running on macbook pro 2015. Since, few days, I have noticed a significant degradation in it's performance. Here is the screen shot of the activity Monitor. Can someone please help me on, how can ...
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How to Locate an App Running in the Background

My Mac is a work computer that used to have LANDesk installed. My admin ran a script that uninstalled it. However, when my machine starts I still get prompted to allow apps from LANDesk (vulscand, cba,...
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ImageIdentify.com in running processes

Looking at ActivityMonitor, I saw a strange process with a URL for a name: I went to that site, and yes it looks familiar I might have been there, once, a long time ago. Definitely not at the time ...
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Super high network usage OS X Yosemite

I've been monitoring Activity Monitor on my Macbook air running Yosemite for a month or two now and I've noticed my network data usage is pretty high (this is what I think). I usually reboot my ...
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How to know which apps to shutdown when there is overheating?

I once unfortunately closed a program that I found in the Activity Monitor to be using a lot of resources. A bit of Context: that day my macbook pro was suddenly heating up like crazy and the usually ...
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Monitor disk activity per volume without third-party software

I have many disks/volumes connected to my OS X system. I want to monitor, in real-time, read/write speed for each volume. OS 10.9 activity monitor shows only the cumulative numbers for all volumes, ...
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Any app or script to track per process usage?

I am running a process and I want to track it's CPU usage and in the end I would like to have a graph of time vs CPU usage. Any app or script for that? I googled and I couldn't find any. And activity ...
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Is there an utility which can profile and report on the activity of a single process?

Activity monitor can report on a single processes's disk and cpu usage at a single point in time. The "Sample Process" feature is good for debugging, but doesn't provide easily digestible information....
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How to get time-dependent CPU usage logs?

Sometimes my MacBook pro 2017 starts rotating the fan very fast. It's hard to see if there is anything abnormal in the Activity monitor because it looks pretty much as always but the total CPU load. ...
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How do I relate Activity Monitor's Disk “Data read/sec” and “Data written/sec” to overall data transfer rate?

I'm trying to understand just how much speed I'm getting when writing big files out one of my MacBook Pro's USB 3.0 sockets to an external drive, also with USB 3.0. An example is the copying -- via a ...
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What is portProxy.bin and why is it sucking/eating/using up my CPU?

Through today, portProxy.bin has been eating up my CPU, constantly using about 60% and making the fans in my computer whizz up. I'm guessing it might be connected to my VPN use, but now I haven't ...
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Safari shows blue dot below Dock icon though it's not in process table [duplicate]

Summary: Safari is running according to the Dock (icon has dot below it, and right-click shows "Force Quit"); however Activity Monitor doesn't show it and ps -ef | grep -i saf returns nothing. ...
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Change Activity Monitor update speed?

When viewing the CPU Load on Activity Monitor today, I was curious as how to make Activity Monitor update the chart and data faster. Is there a setting to change the update speed for Activity Monitor?...
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Increase Activity monitor update frequency to less than a second

I want to use the "CPU history" to monitor how some program uses the CPU, but the update frequency of "very often (1 sec)" is not fast enough for me. The changes I want to observe happen in less than ...
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Programs running in background mac

I suspect my Macbook Pro has been hacked by sophisticated hackers who may have even customized some special malware for my computer. Is there anyway to tell from looking at the MacBook Pro Activity ...
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Mac has enough memory, but still pages in, is that a problem?

I recently upgraded my memory, but I notice that while the OS does NOT page out at all (from what I see in Activity Monitor), the machine pages in regardless. Why does that happen? Is that a problem?
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Keyboard Viewer via keyboard shortcut wont actually quit after closing it

I managed to add a shortcut for keyboard viewer via BetterTouchTool. However, once I run Keyboard Viewer and close via the red X button, I cannot re-open it again via a shortcut. So I checked activity ...
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What is this no-name item in Activity Monitor's Energy tab?

I'm running macOS High Sierra and just noticed a couple of these processes with an icon but no name. See screenshot below.
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Does anyone know of an alternative to CPULED that is not connected to the AppStore?

Just want something similar (UI/ease of use) that is a freeware. :) I can make a copy of the app that is installed in Applications but when I install it in another Mac, it wants me to login to the ...
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Activity Monitor Always Open Without Me Opening It

Why is Activity Monitor randomly open all the time on my work laptop even though I never open it?? I'm using a Macbook Pro on Mojave.
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How to force stop all the processing in the background (and map that command to a keyboard shortcut)

My Mac has been having a lot of issues lately. Most of them have to do with lagginess and the spinning beach ball appearing quite often, and staying there for a long time. If my Mac is so slow, there ...