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ryanrb9291
Apr 21, 2013, 03:21 PM
I have an imac with mountain lion installed on it and I want to remove the isight feature completely. I know I could put duct tape over it but that doesn't help me much, I want so that beyond reinstalling the OS isight cannot be used. I would rather not go into the details as of why, I am just looking for some help.

Google seems to be of no use as all the solutions I find on this topic do not appear to work with mountain lion. I deleted the files below as instructed from various sources and isight still works.

/System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework

Any help?

Thanks in advance



cmChimera
Apr 21, 2013, 04:31 PM
I have an imac with mountain lion installed on it and I want to remove the isight feature completely. I know I could put duct tape over it but that doesn't help me much, I want so that beyond reinstalling the OS isight cannot be used. I would rather not go into the details as of why, I am just looking for some help.

Google seems to be of no use as all the solutions I find on this topic do not appear to work with mountain lion. I deleted the files below as instructed from various sources and isight still works.

/System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework

Any help?

Thanks in advance


http://osxdaily.com/2007/03/26/how-to-disable-the-built-in-isight-camera/ (This didn't work?)

This work? It does not say to delete the files.

satcomer
Apr 22, 2013, 08:04 AM
How about Black Duct Tape (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=black+duct+tape) cut to size and placed over the lens?

benwiggy
Apr 22, 2013, 10:53 AM
You do know that the little green light comes on when the camera is active, so you can't be filmed without your knowledge? It's highly unlikely that anyone can hack your Mac remotely to turn on the camera and view the footage.

If you think that someone with physical access to the machine is trying to film you unawares, then you've got bigger problems than can be fixed by disabling the camera in software.

Best of luck

stchman
Apr 22, 2013, 03:36 PM
I have an imac with mountain lion installed on it and I want to remove the isight feature completely. I know I could put duct tape over it but that doesn't help me much, I want so that beyond reinstalling the OS isight cannot be used. I would rather not go into the details as of why, I am just looking for some help.

Google seems to be of no use as all the solutions I find on this topic do not appear to work with mountain lion. I deleted the files below as instructed from various sources and isight still works.

/System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework

Any help?

Thanks in advance

Why would you want to disable the built in camera, it does not hurt anything by it being there? If you fear that someone can remotely turn it on, that is ridiculous.

If you're that paranoid, remember to disable the built in microphone, someone may be recording the audio.

satcomer
Apr 22, 2013, 06:10 PM
Why would you want to disable the built in camera, it does not hurt anything by it being there? If you fear that someone can remotely turn it on, that is ridiculous.

If you're that paranoid, remember to disable the built in microphone, someone may be recording the audio.

Maybe the person is setting it up for a business or school.

stchman
Apr 23, 2013, 12:48 PM
Could the OP use the Tonymacx86 Multibeast utility?

This may allow him to keep the kernel module associated with the webcam from loading at start up thereby disabling the webcam.

Just a thought.

I would suggest calling Apple, but their tech support for matters more complex that how to use Finder is worthless.

hackerwayne
Apr 24, 2013, 01:22 PM
I have an imac with mountain lion installed on it and I want to remove the isight feature completely. I know I could put duct tape over it but that doesn't help me much, I want so that beyond reinstalling the OS isight cannot be used. I would rather not go into the details as of why, I am just looking for some help.

Google seems to be of no use as all the solutions I find on this topic do not appear to work with mountain lion. I deleted the files below as instructed from various sources and isight still works.

/System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework

Any help?

Thanks in advance

Sounds fishy.. Why do you need to disable the FT camera? I know how to disable it on ML. Simply by modifying IOHIDFamily.kexts. I will need a valid reason before ill send you the files to replace.

jasonvp
Apr 25, 2013, 08:05 AM
I have an imac with mountain lion installed on it and I want to remove the isight feature completely.

Grab this AppleScript (http://techslaves.org/downloads/2011/07/isightdisabler4.zip) and run it. It'll lock the camera so that nothing can access it. I use it and it works well.

jas

stchman
Apr 25, 2013, 03:39 PM
Does OS X have something analogous to blacklist in Linux? If yes, then you simply blacklist the kernel module for the webcam.

fessen
Sep 8, 2013, 01:25 AM
Grab this AppleScript (http://techslaves.org/downloads/2011/07/isightdisabler4.zip) and run it. It'll lock the camera so that nothing can access it. I use it and it works well.

jas

The script linked to by jasonvp works on my older OS X.

Another option would be to
1. Browse to
(Computer Name)/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServices.framework/Versions/A/Resources/

2. Within that folder find the folder VDC.plugin
3. Copy VDC.plugin to a location of your choice for safe keeping
(for example, copy it to a new folder at /Desktop/backup of VDC-plugin )
4. Move the original VDC.plugin to the trash
Doing this has essentially the same effect as what the script does, albeit in a much cruder fashion.

You can verify that this works immediately. As soon as you move the original VDC.plugin to the trash, open Photo Booth. You should see an error message saying that no camera is available.
If you want to restore the ability to use the built-in webcam, copy your back-up copy back to its original location (indicated above). Photo Booth should work as before now.

(Other methods for disabling the webcam that have been suggested in various blog posts, such as deleting QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component or AppleUSBVideoSupport.kext, failed with my hardware and version of OS X.)