Could folder actions monitoring damage installing?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bubwell, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Bubwell macrumors newbie

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    I won't be using any AV software that could destroy my Mac. But heard that good thing to do is to monitor LaunchAgent and LauncDaemon folders as if something would sneak in, it usually adds new file there.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/monitor-os-x-launchagents-folders-to-help-prevent-malware-attacks/
    I did it and it works. But then I was hit by likely stupid thought (but I still need to ask): it gives notification when new item is added to monitored folder. But could this somehow damage the installing process if those folders are watched?

    For example, I installed Malwarebytes, only scanner I use and Mac did tell me new item was added to LaunchAgents. So my question is - could this monitoring have hampered Malwarebytes installation and damaged it's working&detection in any way? I don't really care about other apps, but this one is my only security line so...
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

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    By the way, I've seen you post a lot of privacy and security for macOS topics, which is awesome. I love it when people take their digital life seriously. So I thought maybe you'd be interested in this resource :) I don't recommend you do everything on that git page, but reading through it surely will answer some of your questions, as well as make you go 'oh snap, that is cool, i wanna do that too, and it doesn't seem too difficult'.

    https://github.com/drduh/macOS-Security-and-Privacy-Guide

    But to be on topic, I think it honestly depends on 'what' was added to launch agent, etc.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    The folder action as such does not block or break anything. However, folder actions are not completely reliable. It happens occasionally that the process is interrupted and stops monitoring until a reboot.

    The article you linked also suggested locking the directories. You should not do that, if you did, then you must reverse it.
     
  4. Bubwell, Oct 24, 2016
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    Bubwell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I'm a worrywart at soul. XD
    The link is much appreciated!
    I can't check right away exact name as I'm behind Windows, but it was part of Malwarebytes.


    Oh, that takes burden off my shoulders.
    No worries, the locking part sounded too radical for my tastes.
     

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