finder keeps crashing and reloading

Discussion in 'macOS' started by scootermafia, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. scootermafia macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2005
    In my main user account, the finder keeps crashing and reloading at about 10 second intervals, over and over. It doesn't matter if I reboot, it keeps doing that. I can log into other user accounts, but my files are protected so they're non-openable in other accounts, the home folder is totally locked down and I can't get at it. What can I do?
  2. berg macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2006
  3. entropysounds macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2008
    San Diego
  4. Axel B macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2013
    finder crash loop in MAC OS 10.7.5

    PROBLEM: finder crash loop
    The other apps works but finder crash and recrash indefinetly when i restart it.

    The trouble don't comes if i start with another user account.
    Repair permission in DiskUtility don't work.

    My solution - 2 ways:
    Start with another user account.
    Download and install PathFinder for all users
    Log on with with your usual name and move files on the desktop to another directory.
    No more crash. You can make a backup of the files in your account.

    ONYX save my life
    Use CLEAN UP tab
    Suppr Caches files - Check Core and extensions
    Et voila...
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    If you have discovered that a problem ONLY occurs in ONE user account, then reinstalling the OS is pointless. Migrating to a new user account is unnecessary at best.

    User account problems are likely to be caused by corrupt user caches, preferences that are corrupt or have the wrong settings, or third-party software that is set to launch in that account.

    Third-party apps can be easily removed. Caches can be emptied with something like Onyx, as mentioned. Relevant preference files can be deleted (or moved, tested and replaced if not the cause).
  6. Cassady macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2012
    This has just happened to me... Fired up Safe Mode to check a problem I was having with a different app - and now this...

    Thinking the most recent update to XtraFinder might have something to do with it, but cannot be sure at this point...

    For the less technically minded, could someone please clarify what possible steps can be taken? This is REALLY driving me beyond the point of madness! :(


    Phew... Terminal: Killall Finder manages to stop the madness temporarily. Killed it, and a reboot later, all appeared to be back to normal - only - it's not... Opened Finder again - and the infinite loop kicked in again.... :(

    Any suggestions?
  7. Cassady macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2012
    FWIW - recently installed Copy app (like Dropbox) - appeared to be causing issues. Disabled auto-login, and all good again.
  8. Dima4ka macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2013
    It solved my problem with loop relaunching finder

    Hi guys!

    I had this problem on Mavericks today and spent 4 hours dealing with it. I have tried EVERYTHING:
    • deleting finder preferences
    • deleting .DS_Strore files
    • cleaning desktop
    • login as a guest
    • login in safe mode
    • even reinstalling OS X (not clean install, though)
    nothing helped.

    But, eventually, I saw the post in Google groups, and it solved my problem. Solution is to obvoius.
    GOOGLE DRIVE WAS THE PROBLEM. Indeed, Google Drive very closely works with finder, and, as I suppouse, at some point they had conflict, which made finder relaunch all the time.

    So, I quit GoogleDrive and even without restarting Finder started workiking normally.

    P.S. I was even ready to buy external drive to make backup and make clean install.

    Hope, it will help you!
  9. dakotaspurs macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    This worked for me, first thing I tried and Finder is behaving normally.

    Thank you! :)

  10. carlsson macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2001
    Thank you thank you thank you!

    Google Drive seems to need an update, right?
  11. hallux macrumors 68020


    Apr 25, 2012
  12. DublinJimbo macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Yes, it sure did help! I had never experienced the continuous Finder refresh problem until yesterday, and was becoming seriously frustrated until I came across your solution. Thank you very much.
  13. plasmoid macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014

    This worked for me. I was having huge issues. Rebooted in safe mode and ran the terminal instructions and bam, works fine now!

    Nice one, thanks!
  14. RobLewis macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2004
    I had both Google Drive and drivers installed, but never had a problem until I replaced my boot drive (with the previous drive cloned to the new one).

    The continuous Finder relaunch didn't stop until I got rid of both of them.

    One would think this should be a fixable problem.

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