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Forcing Unresponsive Apps to Quit

Originally posted: 2/20/24

Part 2 of 4  

Apple — Mac Computers

In part two, we will look at how to force unresponsive apps to close on an Apple Mac computer system.

As in Part 1, the scenario is the same; you’re using your computer as usual but either the app freezes or your screen is taken over by a warning screen telling you that your computer is at risk, has been infected, or one of countless variations all intending to scare you into calling a phone number or some other way to try to separate you from your money. Don’t fall for it! The easiest solution is to close the program’s open window by clicking the dot or X in the upper left corner of the window.

If you can’t find the dot or X don’t fret, you can force any program to close by following one of the methods below.

MacOS Computers — Choose any of the methods below:

That should get you back to where you need to be.

Part 3 will cover how to perform this task while using an Apple iPhone or iPad.