Newbie here, posting for the first time. I may be new to the forum, but I'm not to the Mac. 8 )
I've been fighting with slow to empty trash for about a year now. The quick fix was to switch Extensions to the base set and reboot just to empty trash. Unfortunately, I found this problem started affecting the cache emptying of Netscape as well. When you've got 5000 items to delete, 3 seconds each takes a heck of a chunk out of your day. So, I started playing with system extensions.
I've read from previous posts that Norton filesaver causes problems, but I didn't realize that TechTool Pro has issues as well. What I found in extensions was a sleeper called "Protection Extension" from the package "Utilicus Maximus" v3.0.4 which I traced to TechTool Pro 3. After disabling this extension, deletion was back to normal... 10sec / 3000 items!
That's more like it! 8 )
So, moral of the story is... if you're out there using TechTool Pro and have slow to empty trash, check your extensions. Even if you aren't using TTPs file protection, the extension may still load every time you reboot.
Compute This! Mac out...