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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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How to stop Dropbox from starting on startup

I had dropbox active at one point and stopped using it. Now the welcome to dropbox (setup) screen comes up every time I start the computer. If I stopped using it why the heck it is asking me to start it again every time. It is past annoying now. There are no settings that I can find that stops this. Why?

I am ready to throw this computer out the window.

Thank You.

OS X 10.8.2
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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Check the following locations for apps that automatically launch on startup and delete any you don't need/want:
  • System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items
    (Lion and ML users: System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items)

  • /Library/LaunchAgents/
    (Lion and ML users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path above)

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
    (Lion and ML users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path above)

  • /Library/StartupItems/
    (Lion and ML users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path above)
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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I had dropbox active at one point and stopped using it. Now the welcome to dropbox (setup) screen comes up every time I start the computer. If I stopped using it why the heck it is asking me to start it again every time. It is past annoying now. There are no settings that I can find that stops this. Why?

I am ready to throw this computer out the window.

Thank You.

OS X 10.8.2
Go to this screen in System Prefs and you will see Dropbox listed. Just select it then click the minus at the bottom to remove it.

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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My understanding for the start items is that only hides the window. That does not stop it from starting up, that will still take up system resources.


ls shows

cd StartupItems
ls
MySQLCOM PenTabletDriver VirtualBox

cd LaunchAgents
ls
com.seagate.SeagateStorageGauge.plist com.symantec.uiagent.application.plist
com.symantec.errorreporter-periodicagent.plist

What is your Command: cd ~/Library/LaunchAgents
What is your Command: ls
com.adobe.ARM.202f4087f2bbde52e3ac2df389f53a4f123223c9cc56a8fd83a6f7ae.plist
com.apple.AddressBook.ScheduledSync.PHXCardDAVSource.8E765412-5C14-4AF3-AA79-A9C99B06B2A8.plist
com.apple.CSConfigDotMacCert-applede...es.Agent.plist
com.apple.FolderActions.enabled.plist
com.apple.FolderActions.folders.plist
com.facebook.videochat.AppleHarry.plist
opt.plist
org.virtualbox.vboxwebsrv.plist
What is your Command:

I just saw the ~/Library/LaunchAgents and tired that and no Dropbox

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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My understanding for the start items is that only hides the window. That does not stop it from starting up, that will still take up system resources.
Checking the box would leave the app launching and hide it... that is correct. What I am saying is if you click Dropbox in the screen then click the minus at the bottom (my second arrow) it will remove Dropbox from this launch list altogether and fix your issue.

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ls shows

cd StartupItems
ls
MySQLCOM PenTabletDriver VirtualBox

cd LaunchAgents
ls
com.seagate.SeagateStorageGauge.plist com.symantec.uiagent.application.plist
com.symantec.errorreporter-periodicagent.plist

cd LaunchAgents
ls
com.seagate.SeagateStorageGauge.plist com.symantec.uiagent.application.plist
com.symantec.errorreporter-periodicagent.plist
You can ignore all those folders. Dropbox does not use any of those folders/methods to launch.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Your kidding?

Thats what it does? Damn.

This box is showing you 3 different settings then?

1. So anything on that list is what will automatically start up.
2. Checking the box hides it from sight on startup
3. clicking the minus then deletes it from start up.

Sheesh, THANK YOU!!!!! for explaining that. It has been driving me crazy. Sometimes the simplest solution is the correct answer.

Since the post I have signed up for dropbox and clicked on the blue box in the upper right menu bar. I stopped it from start up (AND yes it is now not in that list.)

How can I un-sign up for Dropbox so my information is not out there in netland? That is what started this whole thing. A friend was sharing files with me and when we were done I got rid of the dropbox. (dont remember how I did that.) I dont want to mess this thing up again.


It may not even matter being that this is not starting and I am not signing in. THANK YOU.

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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Thats what it does? Damn.

This box is showing you 3 different settings then?

1. So anything on that list is what will automatically start up.
2. Checking the box hides it from sight on startup
3. clicking the minus then deletes it from start up.
You go it! Yes to all three.

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How can I un-sign up for Dropbox so my information is not out there in netland?
You can go to this link to delete your Dropbox account if you want.

I really like the service though. I have all my documents synced to Dropbox and use their iPhone app to access documents on the go.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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Thank You

It may be a great service. I dont like having my personal documents on someone else's server. I run my own server and that is all I need.

Thank you for the help today. I see where I went wrong. I had partial information from other various posts and didnt think it through for the + and -.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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It may be a great service. I dont like having my personal documents on someone else's server. I run my own server and that is all I need.

Thank you for the help today. I see where I went wrong. I had partial information from other various posts and didnt think it through for the + and -.
Fair enough. I understand your concern. Glad you got things figured out today.
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