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I don't really watch that much porn, do I?!

ANTVGM64ANTVGM64 Registered User regular
Hi there, so over the course of the past 4 years, I've been attempting to use google chrome on both a Windows Based Machine (Vista) and then my 13 inch Macbook Pro.

For some reason Google Chrome hates me. Just hates me. Flash consistently crashes, and as of late, it has been stalling signifigantly, where it will take about a second or so to accept inputs from my keys. Chrome espeically seems to be very slow and it feels like everything is just a few steps behind.

For example when I exit chrome, it still stays "open" and I have to force quit it to allow my computer to shut down.

My question is two fold:

1) Do Macbook pros have a habit of starting to stall / halt after a period of time? Is there a way to combat it? I'm mostly a PC guy so I don't know if there's any sort of Spybots or other productivity tools to speed things up.

2) Is this related to porno? A girlfriend of mine watches far more porno than I do, and her computer is EVEN WORSE. There's literally a 2-3 second delay before ANY command she wants to make on the mac, and it's infuriating.

So, how do I speed up my mac and stop chrome from being a big ole lame lame.

Many thanks.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Could just be dust buildup inside the laptop?

    It could be malware too, macs are not immune to it generally. I'm not sure how far macs far in the "oh shit I need to reformat every year" department.

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank What the what? Portland, OregonRegistered User regular
    It could be related to pron, in so far as porn sites are notorious havens of malware and other unscrupulous software...especially the shall-not-be-named free porn sites that most of us probably know the names to. If you're using those sites, make sure you are AdBlocking.

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  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    I actually read an article lately that showed that porn sites are pretty clean when it comes to malware these days, they need to be to keep people coming back.
    http://news.dc1.ninemsn.com.au/technology/8460700/religious-sites-riskier-than-porn-for-viruses

    But for the mbp I would guess it's a dust buildup. laptops already run a bit hot, and than even a little dust can push temps up that 5-10% which could be enough to cause slowdown as the cpu unclocks to keep from frying. just get a can of compressed air and shoot a bit into the fan ducts to blow it out.

    but you should also be running noscript and adblock or their chrome equivalents to be sure your safe.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    There's a free utility called smcFanControl that will monitor your internal CPU temperature, and give you manual control over your fans (if you want it), if you want to check to see if your computer is in fact running hotter than it should be.

  • floobiefloobie Registered User regular
    I'd suggest keeping the Activity Monitor open while surfing and see what's happening. You can also download a widget for the Dashboard called iStat Pro. It will list various temperatures and all of your fan speeds (in addition to the usual processes, memory usage, etc...).

    I have to wonder if it's really dust buildup, though. I had my last Macbook for three years without cleaning the innards once, and never had any such problems.

    Is it only Chrome that's responding like this? How do Safari or Firefox run?

  • Evil_ReaverEvil_Reaver Registered User regular
    You might run Disk Utility on your MBP to fix all of the disk permissions. I generally format my MBP once or twice a year (out of habit) but fixing disk permissions seems to clear up any sluggishness I experience between formats.

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