HELP! Desktop / Finder keeps refreshing!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hysteryck, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. hysteryck macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2008
    My desktop keeps refreshing automatically. Even if I'm not doing anything on it, after about 1 minute, all of the icons will disappear then they all apear again like nothing happend. Nothing else seems affected by this, but if I have a Finder window open, it gets closed. When I am on another program and when it refreshes, it brings me onto the finder instead of program I am on, which gets annoying after a while. If I am trying to copy some files on the finder (like from one folder to another), when it refreshes, it stops the copying. Can someone help to to figure out what is causing this and how to fix it??
  2. neilfungi macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2008
    same problem

    did you ever get this resolved? hope so, seeing this was back in march. I just installed the latest update and I'm having the same problem. Help. Very frustrating.

  3. adp4210 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Me too...

    I installed the update last month and I have been having the same problem ever since. Any chance you did manage to get this sorted and can let us all know how you did it? :)
  4. ohnomac macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2009
    Same thing

    I installed security update 2008-008 and finder acted the same way. I have reinstalle dthe same update and so far it looks as if it corrected the problem. :)
  5. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I just experienced this after an update (arrgh, did it again!) yesterday that consisted of OS update, quicktime and itunes, PLUS one other item that i have since forgotten.

    I will try the security update and see if that works.

    fingers crossed.
  6. masadesign macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Mac finder keeps refreshing

    Has anyone been able to resolve this issue?
  7. susanbrowning macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Finder Crashing

    Open your system preferences panel and check to see if you have Stuffit AVR at the bottom in the "other" section. If you do, and you recently installed the new version of Quicktime, click once on Stuffit AVR, and click the stop button. I had this same problem and it fixed it immediately. Good luck.
  8. susanbrowning macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Finder Crash

    Open your system preferences panel and check to see if you have Stuffit AVR at the bottom in the "other" section. If you do, and you recently installed the new version of Quicktime, click once on Stuffit AVR, and click the stop button. I had this same problem and it fixed it immediately. Good luck.
  9. masadesign macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Apple finder crash

    Thank you, thank you, thank you... Your Stuffit AVR suggestion did work. So far ten minutes have passed and no refreshing has occurred. Keeping my fingers crossed... :D
  10. storycircles macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    susanbrowning's solution worked!

    bless you, susanbrowning! this problem was driving me *crazy*, and i had *no* idea what to do about it!

    thank you for posting this solution!!
  11. bryansite macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    Susan Browning for President in 2016


    "Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all." (Proverbs)

    Please answer one question: How in the world did you figure this out? Have been dealing with hysteryck's exact same problem for several days and had nearly exhausted all of the forum "fixes" before I found yours.


    Bryan in Dallas
  12. MWood919 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009

  13. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I wanted to let people who are experiencing the problem that do not have Stuffit AVR installed that they should also check for another preferences pane called "Yep Folders".

    I discovered today in the course of troubleshooting another system with the problem that disabling Yep Folders in the Login Items list will eliminate the problem if Stuffit AVR is not present.

    In either case, starting up with a "Safe Boot" (holding down the Shift key just after the startup sound and holding it until the "rotating gear" appears then releasing it) will allow the Mac to boot to the desktop without the problem so that changes can be made. That was necessary because the one I worked on today with Yep Folders crashed the finder about every 5 seconds after hitting the desktop, not allowing enough time to disable the program before the finder would crash again!:(
  14. platinumtone macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009
    Many thanks from me too - I spent hours trying to solve this rebooting, starting in safe mode, zapping the PRAM, trashing prefs etc.

    So how did you find this solution?


  15. adp4210 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Thank you!

    Thank you Susanbrowning - I have just done your Stuffit fix and I have had no refresh as yet! Fingers crossed it will work for me too....:)
  16. jamesst macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2009
    Omg - Thanks To The Internet For This Solution

    i was having this same problem and i simply typed in google "desktop keeps refreshing" and here it was, the solution and everything.

    at any rate, thanks guys for the help....i remember that i also too just upgraded the newest version of quicktime and started having the same problem, so this fix is a livesaver.

    quicktime need to fix this crap, that's for sure.:D

    but like i said, thank GOD for the internet.......its amazing to know how much the internet has changed the days of yesterday when you had to call apple or send your computer to your most local repair center for something so simple.

  17. yuki.ariandi macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Thanks you so much...!

    :) Thank you for your simple solution for such an annoying problem. At first I thought there's something wrong with the system and luckily I found your post in this forum. :)
  18. tagyedesign macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Thank you for your help.

    I had accepted the update and then my computer continued to refresh... couldn't work on my projects or even back up files. This solution worked perfect.

    Thank you so much for figuring it out and posting here.

    Greatly appreciated!
  19. Basement Water macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    This fixed the Finder Refreshing Problem

    This is the fix! Thanks very much susanbrowning!

    And thanks to this Forum at MacRumors!
  20. dustyz macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    another thank you to susan!

    i was having the same problem but after susan's advice, everything is back to normal. thanks!
  21. quebec88 macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2009
    Thank you Susan!

    I noticed this problem happening recently with my 9 year old iMac. The thing is I don't use it that much so I didn't really notice it until last night. I started wondering if this was the iMac has been around for a while! Anyway, I did a google search about the desktop refreshing itself and it directed me to this forum. Thank you so much Susan for the fix. You saved me so much troubleshooting time! The iMac is running fine now!
  22. darrellm macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2009
    Well, this happened to me because I recently installed the latest Stuffit 2009 (the trial version) so it makes sense to me what Susan suggested.
  23. toonces4444 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    refresh problem, but i don't have stuffit

    hi all...hoping someone can help. i have had this same finder refresh problem (occurs at least once every second) ever since last night when i (arrrrhhhhgg!) installed a qt update and a security update.

    the fix suggested sounds great...and i have read the same in other threads...BUT, i do NOT see stuffit in my preferences panel, so i am unable to implement the suggested fix.

    to further complicate things, i cannot access anything via my finder because it crashes so other suggestions that entail going into apps, etc. i cannot do because frankly, i cannot figure out how to navigate there.

    any ideas?

  24. QDITTY macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    Finder refresh issue w/o Stuffit!

    I need help do to the fact I am a Mac newbie.

    I too have the same issue as Toonces4444.

    I however did create a new account and the Finder for that account works fine.
    I did restore the privileges for the dedicated drive but when I go back to my original account I still have the refresh issue.

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