Spinning Beach Ball in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

by Eric Pena on November 1, 2009

spinning beach ball

I‘ve been using my MacBook Pro for sometime after upgrading it to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1. But lately, I’ve been getting a lot of the dreaded spinning beach balls while surfing the Net. I learned that the culprit is Adobe Flash which eats a lot of system resources and contributes to a lot of heat. So until Adobe fixes this issue with Flash, the best solution I’ve found is to install the Flashblock Add-on in Firefox and the ClickToFlash app in Safari. These tiny programs block all Flash applications until you want to use them.

Well, it worked great for me and certainly brought down my memory usage and lessen heat problems. Best of all, the spinning beach ball of death is gone!

Download ClickToFlash for Safari.

Use your Add-on installer under Tools in Firefox to install Flashblock.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Renz December 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Is this compatible with Mac Mini?

2 semidoppel December 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

Nice MacBook Pro, I want that, bu its to expensive

3 Rand Al Thor February 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Ooh, thanks for the tip!

I hope the same works for my G4. Will share your post with my friends on Fizzer.ph who joined their win a macbook contest.

4 josh April 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Hi, is there a way for me to maybe exchange links with you? hoping for your reply? (-_-)v

5 deme08 April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for the info. By the way, I would like to invite you to join and have your say about anything on this new Computer and Internet Forum. You can even win the cash prize for the most number of referrals.See you there! Thanks.

6 Aurelio Mastropaolo August 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

hi guys, after 1 month of going mad, I’ve found a new pist : clearly 10.8., but also LITTLE SNITCH, even if it warns that it’s not working with 10.8.2 it could be him that regularly offers a beach ball for looong seconds, then gives you your mac back.
please check if you have little snitch installed and delete every file linked to it and let me know !


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