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Activity Monitor: How to Quit Processes in Mac OS X


Removing malware from a Mac computer often requires ending the active process of the malware first. To quit a process using Activity Monitor in Mac OS X, follow the steps below.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 5

Here's How:

  1. Click Spotlight
  2. Type activity monitor and press the enter/return key. If Activity Monitor doesn't open, click Spotlight again and select it from the list.
  3. Make sure All Processes is selected, then click the heading Process Name to sort by alphabetical order.
  4. Locate the offending process and double-click it to open.
  5. Click the Quit button to end the process.
  6. Close Activity Montior


  1. Any Mac computer will have several legitimate running processes. Closing a necessary legitimate process can have unexpected consequences. Be sure you only quit processes you know for certain are unwanted.
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