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Since latest update my programs take a long time to load. Is there a fix for this? I run Intego virus scan daily and no problems there.
 
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We need more information to help you:

1. What exact Mac model do you have?

2. What exact Mac OS are you running? And if you did a recent "upgrade" to that OS, did you do a fresh, clean installation, or did you upgrade "in place"?

3. How much free space do you have on your internal drive?

4. Have you ever done any disk cleanup/maintenance/repairs, from a software perspective? You actually can do a good amount of disk cleanup on your own. Also, there are some excellent programs available (both free and commercial) that can help you a great deal with those tasks.

5. This is critical: are you making backups to an external device?

6. What third party software are you using? Also, when you upgraded to the new OS, did you insure that all your third party software is compatible with the new OS? This link can help you with that:

https://roaringapps.com/apps

I have two Macs: a late 2012 Mac Mini with a 256 gig SSD and 8 gig of Ram, and a mid 2017 13" MacBook Air, with a 252 gig SSD and 8 gig of Ram. I have OS 10.13.3 (the latest version of High Sierra) installed on both machines, and I use a good amount of third party software. I have not experienced any of them running slower than when I was on Sierra (OS 10.12.6). I do keep both of my Macs "lean, mean, and clean", and I have more than 60% free space on each internal SSD. I will say, though, that it does take longer for either machine to boot up and shut down. Also, it is much slower when I want to switch connected start-up devices.
 
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I have a new iMac Retina 21.5 which came with High Sierra 10.13.3 installed. I have updated it regularly.
The hard drive is 1 To of which I have used 200 Gb so far.

I regularly use CleanmyMac 3 with Gemini 2. Intego virus scan runs everyday - no problems there. I do have a fair amount of third party software. I play a lot of games mostly from Bigfish. There have been some issues with some games, but I just uninstall them. At my age (70) there is not much more I can do.

I backup using Time Machine, the external disc is always connected.

That is all I can think of. It is not too serious if there is no explanation, I will have to be patient (not my strong point)
 
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Thank you for that information. It helps.

I assume this is your Mac:

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP759?locale=en_US

Note, though, that it actually comes in a few different configurations. If you have the "stock" 1 TB internal drive (not a fusion drive), that drive is, unfortunately, somewhat slow, as it spins at 5400 rpm. But even if you had a fusion drive, the "hard drive" part of that setup would still spin at 5400 rpm.

CleanMyMac is actually not a good product to use. You'd be better off with the excellent freeware program Onyx, available form here:

https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html

Given that you are using OS 10.13.3, you would need to get V3.4.2. I have been using Onyx for a long time (along with the excellent commercial disk cleanup/maintenance/repair program Tech Tool Pro), and I would not be without it. It has served me well.

The virus scan program will also slow down your machine. Macs rarely get viruses, especially if you are careful. Is there a reason why you run Intego every day? Also, how often does it run?

Also, via that link I provided for you, for Bigfish games, it is unknown whether or not it is compatible with High Sierra.

Unless you have a compelling reason, it might be beneficial to get rid of Intego. There is one excellent free program you can use, called Malwarebytes, available from here:

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

Another excellent one you can use is ClamXav, available from here:

https://www.clamxav.com/sectors/home-use/

You can use ClamXAv in demo mode. Also, you do not need to run either of those every day. In fact, myself I run Malwarebytes about once a month, and ClamXAv less often.

Before you change virus programs, let us know. There is a very good program called AppCleaner (again free!) that can find most files associated with a program that you want to delete. It is available from here:

https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/

If you use it to get rid of Intego and CleanMyMac, it will find most additional files associated with both programs.

And it is important for you to insure compatibility of all your third party software with High Sierra. You might need to download and install updates for some of them for High Sierra compatibility.
 
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