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Banish stubborn menu extras in OS X

If you are experiencing problems with a menu extra and can't seem to remove it by standard means, it may have a nonstandard implementation, which will take a couple of steps to root out and uninstall.

By May 9, 2013

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Mouse input temporarily freezing after updating OS X

Tackling third-party launch agents and daemons may help odd system pauses after an OS update.

By October 16, 2012

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Luxembourg CIRC develops LaunchAgent monitoring tool for OS X

Following my recent outlining of a procedure for monitoring LaunchAgents, the Luxembourg CIRC created an easy-to-use setup utility that handles the procedure for you.

By April 20, 2012

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Troubleshooting 'insecure startup items'

One problem that may occur when logging in to OS X is an error warning that mentions insecure startup items.

By December 13, 2011

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Addressing applications that start up at boot or log-in

OS X supports a number of different ways to automatically launch applications and services, some of which are a little more obscure than others and may result in applications launching, even though they are not in obvious start-up items locations.

By March 2, 2010

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Logging in gives an "Insecure Startup Items folder" error

A few users who have installed Snow Leopard on their systems have run into a problem where upon logging in the system claims the "Startup Items" folder is insecure and items from this folder will not be used.

By January 22, 2010

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About OS X system processes

Following our recent article discussing the launch sequence of OS X and how processes are organized, we have had requests about exactly what processes are running in OS X and wha

By July 24, 2009

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A Mac first - botnet is active

After the release of iWork '09 earlier this year, a Trojan was discovered circulating in pirated copies of Apple's productivity suite of applications (as well as pirated copies of Adobe's Photoshop CS4). Security professionals now believe that the botnet

By April 20, 2009

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MacBooks crashing with aluminum keyboards

Some users are having problems with the Apple Aluminum keyboards causing crashes when attached to their MacBook computers.

By December 9, 2008

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Mac OS X 10.5.3: systems not shutting off; DNS issues solved; misc. third-party application problems

External devices or third-party helper software may be to blame for startup/shutdown issues.

By June 4, 2008