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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.
Tackling third-party launch agents and daemons may help odd system pauses after an OS update.
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.
One problem that may occur when logging in to OS X is an error warning that mentions insecure startup items.
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.
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.
Security Update 2006-003 (#4): StartupItems removal fix for startup issues confirmed; Removing the update; Other freezes; more
Security Update 2006-003 (#3): More on startup woes -- check the other StartupItems folder; Active Directory issues; more
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