Slow Mac with recurrent spinning ball of doom

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Please help,
My Mac has always been slow since I had it and migrated my PC content to my Mac.  I have run EtreCheck and hope that this might illuminate the cause of my issues, but worry that it may not.  ANYTHING I ask the Mac to do will be slow and inevitably cause a spinning ball for a while.  I have kept the system up to date.  I have a lot of photos in iPhoto but can't imagine this can be the cause?
Any help is much appreciated.  The Etrecheck output is below:
Many thanks.
Problem description:
Slow Mac with poor internet connectivity and recurrent spinning circle of doom
EtreCheck version: 2.1.6 (109)
Report generated 16 January 2015 20:09:37 GMT
Download EtreCheck from http://etresoft.com/etrecheck
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Hardware Information: ℹ️
  MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) (Technical Specifications)
  MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro9,1
  1 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU: 4-core
  4 GB RAM Upgradeable
  BANK 0/DIMM0
  2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
  BANK 1/DIMM0
  2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
  Bluetooth: Good - Handoff/Airdrop2 supported
  Wireless:  en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  Battery Health: Normal - Cycle count 110
Video Information: ℹ️
  Intel HD Graphics 4000
  Color LCD 1440 x 900
  NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - VRAM: 512 MB
System Software: ℹ️
  OS X 10.10.1 (14B25) - Time since boot: 10 days 7:54:28
Disk Information: ℹ️
  APPLE HDD ST500LM012 disk0 : (500.11 GB)
  EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB
  Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>  [Recovery]: 650 MB
  Macintosh HD (disk1) / : 498.88 GB (226.60 GB free)
  Core Storage: disk0s2 499.25 GB Online
  MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-8A8 
USB Information: ℹ️
  Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)
  Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver
  Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
  Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub
  Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
Thunderbolt Information: ℹ️
  Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus
Gatekeeper: ℹ️
  Mac App Store and identified developers
Problem System Launch Agents: ℹ️
  [killed] com.apple.CallHistoryPluginHelper.plist
  [killed] com.apple.EscrowSecurityAlert.plist
  [killed] com.apple.icloud.fmfd.plist
  [killed] com.apple.Maps.pushdaemon.plist
  [killed] com.apple.printtool.agent.plist
  [killed] com.apple.scopedbookmarkagent.xpc.plist
  [killed] com.apple.spindump_agent.plist
  [killed] com.apple.telephonyutilities.callservicesd.plist
  8 processes killed due to memory pressure
Problem System Launch Daemons: ℹ️
  [killed] com.apple.AssetCacheLocatorService.plist
  [killed] com.apple.ctkd.plist
  [killed] com.apple.emond.aslmanager.plist
  [killed] com.apple.ifdreader.plist
  [killed] com.apple.nehelper.plist
  [killed] com.apple.periodic-daily.plist
  [killed] com.apple.periodic-monthly.plist
  [killed] com.apple.periodic-weekly.plist
  [killed] com.apple.wdhelper.plist
  [killed] com.apple.xpc.smd.plist
  [killed] org.cups.cupsd.plist
  11 processes killed due to memory pressure
Launch Agents: ℹ️
  [running] com.mcafee.menulet.plist [Support]
  [running] com.mcafee.reporter.plist [Support]
  [loaded] com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist [Support]
Launch Daemons: ℹ️
  [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist [Support]
  [running] com.bombich.ccchelper.plist [Support]
  [invalid?] com.mcafee.ssm.ScanFactory.plist [Support]
  [invalid?] com.mcafee.ssm.ScanManager.plist [Support]
  [running] com.mcafee.virusscan.fmpd.plist [Support]
  [loaded] com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper.plist [Support]
  [loaded] com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist [Support]
  [running] com.oracle.java.JavaUpdateHelper.plist [Support]
User Launch Agents: ℹ️
  [loaded] com.adobe.ARM.[...].plist [Support]
  [loaded] com.f-secure.sync.BTCloud.plist [Support]
  [loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist [Support]
User Login Items: ℹ️
  iTunesHelper Application  (/Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunesHelper.app)
  Dropbox Application  (/Applications/Dropbox.app)
  Mail Application  (/Applications/Mail.app)
  BT Cloud Application  (/Applications/BT Cloud.app)
Internet Plug-ins: ℹ️
  SiteAdvisor: Version: 2.0 - SDK 10.1 [Support]
  FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: 16.0.0.257 - SDK 10.6 [Support]
  QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
  Flash Player: Version: 16.0.0.257 - SDK 10.6 [Support]
  Default Browser: Version: 600 - SDK 10.10
  CitrixICAClientPlugIn: Version: 11.1.0 [Support]
  SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.4.7 - SDK 10.6 [Support]
  Silverlight: Version: 5.1.30214.0 - SDK 10.6 [Support]
  MeetingJoinPlugin: Version: Unknown - SDK 10.6 [Support]
  JavaAppletPlugin: Version: Java 7 Update 71 Check version
Safari Extensions: ℹ️
  SiteAdvisor [Installed]
3rd Party Preference Panes: ℹ️
  Citrix online plug-in  [Support]
  Flash Player  [Support]
  Java  [Support]
Time Machine: ℹ️
  Skip System Files: NO
  Mobile backups: OFF
  Auto backup: NO - Auto backup turned off
  Volumes being backed up:
  Macintosh HD: Disk size: 498.88 GB Disk used: 272.28 GB
  Destinations:
  My Book [Local]
  Total size: 2.00 TB
  Total number of backups: 0
  Oldest backup: -
  Last backup: -
  Size of backup disk: Excellent
  Backup size 2.00 TB > (Disk size 498.88 GB X 3)
Top Processes by CPU: ℹ️
      6% WindowServer
      1% BT Cloud
      0% ocspd
      0% fontd
      0% AppleSpell
Top Processes by Memory: ℹ️
  180 MB Mail
  113 MB com.apple.WebKit.WebContent
  103 MB BT Cloud
  94 MB Safari
  77 MB Google Chrome
Virtual Memory Information: ℹ️
  41 MB Free RAM
  1.18 GB Active RAM
  1.16 GB Inactive RAM
  918 MB Wired RAM
  54.83 GB Page-ins
  725 MB Page-outs
Diagnostics Information: ℹ️
  Jan 16, 2015, 01:20:19 PM /Users/[redacted]/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Finder_2015-01-16-132019_[reda cted].crash
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'-app Safari WebKitDNSPrefetchingEnabled' "+c0 -l|awk '{print(\$1,\$3)}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -n|tail -1|awk '{print(\$2,\$3,\$1)}'" -m 'L*/{Con*/*/Data/L*/,}Pref* -type f -size 0c -name *.plist.???????|wc -l' kern.memorystatus_vm_pressure_level '3>&1 >&- 2>&3' " -F '\$Time \$Message' -k Sender kernel -k Message CSeq 'n Cause: -' " -i '-app Safari UserStyleSheetEnabled' -name\ kMDItem${p[35]} '-nl -print' );N1=${#c2[@]};for j in {0..14};do c2[N1+j]=SP${p[j]}DataType;done;N2=${#c2[@]};for j in 0 1;do c2[N2+j]="-n ' syscall::'${p[33+j]}':return { @out[execname,uid]=sum(arg0) } tick-10sec { trunc(@out,1);exit(0);} '";done;l=({Restricted\ ,Lock,Pro}files POST Battery {Safari,App,{Bad,Loaded}\ kernel}\ extensions Heat System\ load boot\ args FileVault Diagnostic\ reports Log {Free\ space,Swap}' (MiB)' Activity 'CPU per process' Login\ hook 'I/O per process' Mach\ ports User Daemons Agents XPC\ cache Startup\ items {Admin,Root}\ access Bundles {,Inserted\ }dylibs Stylesheet Font\ issues Firewall Proxies DNS TCP/IP Wi-Fi 'Elapsed time (sec)' {Root,User}\ crontab {Global,User}' login items' Spotlight Memory Listeners Widgets Parental\ Controls Prefetching Nets Descriptors Bad\ plists I/O\ errors Memory\ pressure SMC Shutdowns 'High file counts' );N3=${#l[@]};for i in {0..8};do l[N3+i]=${p[5+i]};done;N4=${#l[@]};for j in 0 1;do l[N4+j]="Current ${p[29+j]}stream data";done;A0() { Q=5;v[2]=1;id -G|grep -qw 80;v[1]=$?;((v[1]))||{ Q=7;sudo true;v[2]=$?;((v[2]))||Q=8;};v[3]=`date +%s`;clear >&-;date '+Start time: %T %D%n';printf "Revision: %s\n\n" ${p[54]};};for i in 0 1;do eval ' A'$((1+i))'() { v=` eval "${c1[$1]} ${c2[$2]}"|'${c1[30+i]}' "${s[$3]}" `;[[ "$v" ]];};A'$((3+i))'() { v=` while read i;do [[ "$i" ]]&&eval "${c1[$1]} ${c2[$2]}" \"$i\"|'${c1[30+i]}' "${s[$3]}";done<<<"${v[$4]}" `;[[ "$v" ]];};A'$((5+i))'() { v=` while read i;do '${c1[30+i]}' "${s[$1]}" "$i";done<<<"${v[$2]}" `;[[ "$v" ]];};A'$((7+i))'() { v=` eval sudo "${c1[$1]} ${c2[$2]}"|'${c1[30+i]}' "${s[$3]}" 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Copy the selected text to the Clipboard by pressing the key combination command-C.
8. Launch the built-in Terminal application in any of the following ways:
☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)
☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.
☞ Open LaunchPad and start typing the name.
Click anywhere in the Terminal window and paste by pressing command-V. The text you pasted should vanish immediately. If it doesn't, press the return key.
9. If you see an error message in the Terminal window such as "Syntax error" or "Event not found," enter
exec bash
and press return. Then paste the script again.
10. If you're logged in as an administrator, you'll be prompted for your login password. Nothing will be displayed when you type it. You will not see the usual dots in place of typed characters. Make sure caps lock is off. Type carefully and then press return. You may get a one-time warning to be careful. If you make three failed attempts to enter the password, the test will run anyway, but it will produce less information. In most cases, the difference is not important. If you don't know the password, or if you prefer not to enter it, press the key combination control-C or just press return  three times at the password prompt. Again, the script will still run.
If you're not logged in as an administrator, you won't be prompted for a password. The test will still run. It just won't do anything that requires administrator privileges.
11. The test may take a few minutes to run, depending on how many files you have and the speed of the computer. A computer that's abnormally slow may take longer to run the test. While it's running, there will be a series of messages in the Terminal window like this:
Part 1 of 8 done at … sec
Part 8 of 8 done at … sec
The messages won't be spaced equally apart in time, but they give a rough indication of progress. The total number of parts may be different from what's shown here.
Wait for the final message
[Process completed]
to appear. If you don't see it within half an hour or so, the test probably won't complete in a reasonable time. In that case, close the Terminal window and report the last message you saw. No harm will be done.
12. When the test is complete, quit Terminal. The results will have been copied to the Clipboard automatically. They are not shown in the Terminal window. Please don't copy anything from there. All you have to do is start a reply to this comment and then paste by pressing command-V again.
At the top of the results, there will be a line that begins with the words "Start time." If you don't see that, but instead see a mass of gibberish, you didn't wait for the "Process completed" message to appear in the Terminal window. Please wait for it and try again.
If any private information, such as your name or email address, appears in the results, anonymize it before posting. Usually that won't be necessary.
13. When you post the results, you might see an error message on the web page: "You have included content in your post that is not permitted," or "You are not authorized to post." That's a bug in the forum software. Please post the test results on Pastebin, then post a link here to the page you created.
14. This is a public forum, and others may give you advice based on the results of the test. They speak only for themselves, and I don't necessarily agree with them.
Copyright © 2014 by Linc Davis. As the sole author of this work, I reserve all rights to it except as provided in the Use Agreement for the Apple Support Communities website ("ASC"). Readers of ASC may copy it for their own personal use. Neither the whole nor any part may be redistributed.