Disappearing login items

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by badman89, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Dec 24, 2011
    #1
    I'm facing a rather frustrating problem that I am unable to diagnose. My login items list keeps changing randomly when I shut down / restart my computer. Specifically the app "Bettertouchtool" keeps disappearing from the list while "iTuneshelper" keeps appearing on this list no matter how many times I change it.

    Thanks very much in advance to anybody who can diagnose this problem for me.
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    May 16, 2008
    #2
    There are more places to look for apps that launch on startup:

    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)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dec 24, 2011
    #3
    Yes, this is procedure I normally follow to add / delete login items. The problem I'm trying to point out is that this list is changing automatically when I shut down / restart the computer.

    These folders are empty!

    This folder has a couple of items, but these are unrelated to the problem at hand.
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #4
    The last post here may help: iTunesHelper keeps appearing in Login Items
    As for BTT, check the preferences in the app.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dec 24, 2011
    #5
    Thanks so much! I just checked the preferences for BTT and it is not set to launch at startup. I didn't realize that it could automatically remove itself from my login items.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Feb 4, 2013
    #6
    Yes, the same thing has been happening to me. I believe it happened to me with Lion, then with Mountain Lion, and now again with Mavericks. It's not EVERY time I restart my Mac, but often enough that it is annoying.

    Any solutions?
     

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