annoying processes in background

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by notwist, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. notwist macrumors regular

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    There are three programs (all PowerPC) that are always running on my MacBook. Below is a pic of the ones I'm talking about.

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    The top two I think are related to Norton Antivirus I used to have installed on my computer. I have since uninstalled them. I don't know why they are still there. The last one I believe must be related to Office, but I'm not too sure.

    Basically, how do I remove these (if they shouldn't be there)?:confused:
     
  2. applelabs macrumors member

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    The first two do indeed look like Norton Antivirus (eww). Do a spotlight search for "Norton". And see if there any files still hanging around.
     
  3. JHacker macrumors 6502

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    The 3rd one is Microsoft Automatic Update for Office. If you disable Automatic Updates, I'm pretty sure this goes away - I don't have it running anymore and I believe that's how I got rid of it.
     
  4. notwist thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, I searched for 'Norton' and 'Symantec' and deleted everything yet it's still there. I'll keep trying searching though. :eek:
     
  5. applelabs macrumors member

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    Did you log out afterwards?
     
  6. notwist thread starter macrumors regular

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    :doh: Thanks! :)
     
  7. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I find this thread ironic. I've never heard anyone talk about unknown background processes in OS X because Apple computers never (very rarely) freeze up for no reason. That's a Windows OS problem. I remember the bad old days looking at all those processes and trying to figure out what the helck was locking up my Windoes machine. :rolleyes: :D
     
  8. sepu macrumors regular

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    how can you see those background processes ? there is and app for that ?
    thanks
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Activity Monitor
     
  10. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    Activity Monitor can be found in Applications > Utilities. ideally, you'll never have to use that app.
     
  11. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    I have Activity Monitor on pretty often. I like to see how hard my processors or cores are working. I also like to see at which rate file transfers and network activity is happening. Another reason I check it is to see just how awful Safari is as a memory and resource hog. Once its virtual RAM reaches about 4 or 5GB, which is ridiculous, I finish reading whichever news articles I have up and close Safari.
     

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