So when you switch on your computer [or even if you reboot or restart your computer], a number of OS X startup programs pop up.

Anybody with a computer would have had this problem sometime in their lives. So please go ahead and agree with me on this one. Okay?

Agreed? Good.

Now, the problem is, how to you avoid these startup programs on a mac?

The thing is, most of us DO NOT WANT these start up programs to just dominate (take over) the screen as soon as we have switched on our computers. So how do we keep them from doing so?

It is really irritating for people to keep waiting those extra minutes as the os x startup options make up their minds whether they need to open or not. They make the starting up process of our computers slow down. So if we have opened our computer to quickly get some tiny yet important job done, we have to patiently wait it out till these programs have finished their “booting” process. This is only followed by a swift cancellation of the window. Such an absolute waste of time!

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So how do you make it stop or disable startup apps mac?

How do you make them exempt from appearing on your screen at all? How do you ban the little buggers?

This is where this article becomes your knight is shining armor and gives you a way out!

However, there are basic necessities that you have to fulfill before this article can be you shining little knight.

Basic necessity 1: You need to own a Mac.

Basic necessity 2: You need to be plagued by annoying start up programs every single time that you fire up that beloved Mac of yours.

[Disclaimer: if this is not your problem, then this article really cannot give you a suitable solution (or any solution at all for that matter)]

Now that you have fulfilled the basic necessities [ the latter, with much annoyance and a bad temperament], let us find out how to get rid of those buggers, shall we?

Step 1: Open up the User and Groups .

There is pane under System Preferences called “Users and Groups”. Click on the “Login Items” tab in this “Users and Groups” pane.

Step 2: Uncheck or Subtract.

Uncheck or Subtract

Listen, here will be a list of apps and files and folders that open at start up time. Most of them will be checked at the “Open at login” checkbox. Therefore, if you need to stop them from opening when you start up your Mac, simply uncheck them at the checkbox.

You can also manually delete them from the list by clicking on the minus sign (-) button.

Step 3: Check for Start Up Items. (and then DELETE THEM, obviously)

Go to the Systems folder. Then go to Library. There will be a folder called “Start Up Items” here. Go to this folder.

Check for Start Up Items

This folder basically holds a list of programs that open up at start up. Every time. If any item is undesirable, delete it from this folder.

Step 4: Keep your hands off!

Some things are integral to the working of your computer. Even start ups. So you cannot blindly go about deleting all of them. Keep your hands off of some:

  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons
  • /System/Library/LaunchAgents

Any components in these two folders are essential for the workings of your Mac. So stay clear of these folders when you are on your start up program sabotage spree!

Step 5: Kext-ing till you die.

Kexts or kernel extensions are a real thing. It is okay if you have never heard of them before [neither had I before researching for this article]. Kexts or kernel extensions usually load at start up. They can be found in the file “/System/Library/Extensions and load at start up”.

They give low-level components such as processing audio and including backing for peripherals. Most kexts on your Mac are part of OS X.

If you absolutely need to remove a kext, the safest and most harmless way to remove a third-party kext is to run an uninstaller that has been provided by the developer.

Cron is a Unix scheduling utility that is usually built into the OS X interface. The easiest way to view and edit cron jobs without using Terminal is to download the free Cronnixutility that was designed by Sven A. Schmidt. After you have done so, just follow the instructions on this utility to uninstall your Cron-ic pain.

Step 7: A login script

macBook Pro

These are somewhat like start up items, but are not start up items themselves. You do not really need to worry about these now because they were only used in the older versions of the OS X but are deprecated or out of use now.