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What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: January 15, 2015 05:14PM
And how do I stop the bloody thing? It's made a brand new MBA utterly slow and highly annoying. What can I use to possibly clean out my system and reduce kernel_task's memory?

Seriously, this is a 2 month old computer, totally brand new, not even refurb and it's slowed down tremendously in the last couple of weeks. It's infuriating.



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Re: What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 15, 2015 05:34PM
The kernel task might be an attempt by you computer to keep cool. Seriously. You may have another process that is using the CPU in a demanding way. Reboot, then check Activity Monitor to see what else is using the CPU in a big way.



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Re: What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: January 15, 2015 05:54PM
It's usually Google Chrome that's sucking up space. I'm in the process of closing a bunch of tabs. Both to possibly get my computer fast again and to clear out visual/mental clutter. I don't think it's just Chrome though.



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Re: What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 15, 2015 05:57PM
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trisho.
And how do I stop the bloody thing? It's made a brand new MBA utterly slow and highly annoying. What can I use to possibly clean out my system and reduce kernel_task's memory?

Seriously, this is a 2 month old computer, totally brand new, not even refurb and it's slowed down tremendously in the last couple of weeks. It's infuriating.

Start by safe booting:

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After that, start up normally and see if the issue continues. If so, you'll need to do some troubleshooting. This issue is often caused or precipitated by errant third-party software.

By the way, you're complaining about two separate things that may or may not be related—memory usage and slowdowns. The only one I'd worry about is the latter. Launching Activity Monitor and sorting by-descending CPU% will quickly show you the process(es) that is hogging your system's processor.
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Re: What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 15, 2015 06:00PM
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trisho.
It's usually Google Chrome that's sucking up space. I'm in the process of closing a bunch of tabs. Both to possibly get my computer fast again and to clear out visual/mental clutter. I don't think it's just Chrome though.

Well, it would be good to confirm that.

Chrome has an auto-updater and also supports Flash. Both can cause problems and the latter is a notorious (and increasingly irrelevant and unnecessary) CPU hog. Why not use another browser e.g. Safari for awhile to see if the issue recurs?



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Re: What's up with kernel_task sucking up so much memory?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: January 15, 2015 06:13PM
How often are you rebooting?

Yosemite is pretty inefficient at memory management and has a few unfinished "enhancements" under the hood. Where I used to recommend rebooting once a week for Mavericks users, I've been recommending daily reboots under Yosemite.

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Also, if this slowdown only started recently, do an adware scan.







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