My husband has a mid-2011 iMac purchased in early 2012 that now runs at a snail's pace with delays in cursor responses, beach balling, and general slowness to open apps. I've lurked and googled the community posts and tried the following: Etrecheck report is below, removed 3rd party anti-virus and anti-malware, First Aid on Disk Utility showed "ok" "successful" and SMART = verified, reset the SMC, Apple Hardware Test (extended) took 26 minutes and "no trouble found," user data is backed up but I do not have a disk to boot from, should I need to erase and reinstall OS. Advice requested and welcomed.
EtreCheck version: 6.0.2 (6A004)
Report generated: 2019-07-21 21:56:17
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Performance: Below Average
Problem: Computer is too slow
mid 2011 iMac has been decreasing in responsiveness gradually for over
a year. It is now a large paperweight. Cursor movements and opening
apps take several minutes. I recently ran First Aid on Disk Utility an
d nothing of note seemed to be discovered. S.M.A.R.T. indicated verif
ied. Recently removed Malwarebytes, although it did allegedly just det
ect, quarantine, and remove 4 items. Activity Monitor shows green memo
ry usage and nothing glaringly obvious to shut down. Caches dont appea
r to have much that needs to be deleted. Need to know if this iMac can
be salvaged for several more years or its time to get a new one. Prev
ious etrereport indicated failing hard drive, no Time Machine, and ant
ivirus s/w problems so I used malwarebytes which in turn found and rem
oved some mackeeper remnants, then I uninstalled Malwarebytes. I dont
care about Time Machine because last year I discovered my time capsule
was fried, so I have already backed up all user files to an external
hard drive. I am prepared to hear that I need to erase the hard drive
and reinstall an OS (which one), but will need good instructions on h
ow to do that. I am not Mac-savvy. User (spouse) will not want to spen
d money on more RAM or SSD if I cant give him reasonable assurance tha
t those actions will keep this iMac usable for another few years, not
just a few months. Thanks.
Anything that appears on this list needs immediate attention.
No Time Machine backup – Time Machine backup not found.
Failing hard drive – This machine has a hard drive that appears to be failing.
These issues do not need immediate attention but they may indicate future problems or opportunities for improvement.
Upgradeable RAM – This machine has upgradeable RAM that would help its performance.
Clean up – There are orphan files that could be removed.
Unsigned files – There are unsigned software files installed. They appear to be legitimate but should be reviewed.
Low performance – EtreCheck report took over 5 minutes to run. This is unusual.
32-bit Apps – This machine has 32-bits apps will not work after macOS 10.14 “Mojave”.
iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011)
iMac Model: iMac12,2
1 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 (i5-2500S) CPU: 4-core
4 RAM – Upgradeable
BANK 0/DIMM0 – 2 GB DDR3 1333 ok
BANK 1/DIMM0 – 2 GB DDR3 1333 ok
BANK 0/DIMM1 – Empty
BANK 1/DIMM1 – Empty