Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion' started by fortheloveofmac, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Not sure if this is in the right area even, but what is Growl? It just updated and I don't even know what it's doing, haha. I have Trend Micro Smart Surfing; is it like that? Sounds fishy to me, but it apparently came with it...
  2. macrumors 68000


    Growl is a notification system that other apps can utilize to display notices to you on your desktop.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    I actually like Growl.

    My favorite use is to have iTunes show track info when playing songs.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Growl is a great application. Some software uses it to display messages to the user.
    See their page for more info.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Growl is the best notification system I have ever seen on an OS and it should be integrated in OS X. Apple should just by it and implement it on OS X and iOS.
  6. macrumors member

    Thanks guys! It sounded like a virus hahaha. I noticed that I haven't noticed it since I moved to Lion; I guess that's why!
  7. macrumors demi-god


    For future reference, no viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
  8. macrumors 68000


    I have noted a few growl-related threads here over the years, usually similar to this one: "OMG something called 'growl' is on my system ONOES OMG panic panicpanicpanic..."

    Many software packages include growl, because it's so awesome.
  9. macrumors member

    That's a big part of why I left Windows :) Thanks! I don't do much anyway, but since I came from the land of viruses, I thought I took something with me and it got into my MBP. I'm going to be paranoid for a while, haha.

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