Help Uninstalling MacLoJack...?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jawzzy, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. jawzzy macrumors regular

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    So I tested out MacLoJack and I couldn't figure out how to get the information it captures when I reported my MacBook Pro stolen. Plus, I would lke something with a little more (read: any) support. As a result, I've decided to "invest" in Undercover.

    Now for uninstalling MacLoJack. I'm new to Macs and completely hopeless with the Terminal (I think its kind of like command prompt in Windows?).

    Can anyone here give me click-by-click, dummy-proof instructions on how to do this?:

    http://www.zdziarski.com/projects/maclojack/uninstall.txt

    Help is needed and will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much in advance!
     
  2. jawzzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone? My baby MBP has been freezing up a few times recently, and I think it might be this issue.

    You can help out a newly addicted Machead, can't you?
     
  3. tico24 macrumors 6502

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    umm...
    just copy + paste it into terminal, pressing enter after every line.
    Job done.
     
  4. jawzzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wait, I have to do each line individually?

    I tried it, but I'm not sure if it worked. Here is the text from what I did:

    Last login: Tue Aug 21 14:53:26 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl stop com.zdziarski.maclojack

    WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
    or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
    typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

    To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

    Password:
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl stop com.zdziarski.maclojack

    WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
    or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
    typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

    To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

    Password:
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl stop com.zdziarski.maclojack
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /usr/libexec/lojackd
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /var/log/maclojack.log
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /etc/maclojack.cfg
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MacLoJack.pkg
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl stop com.zdziarski.maclojack
    launchctl stop error: No such process
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    nothing found to unload
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /usr/libexec/lojackd
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /var/log/maclojack.log
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /etc/maclojack.cfg
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MacLoJack.pkg
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$

    Its really messy, I know, but did I do it right or completely mess it up?
     
  5. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Open up terminal and type each line in, and pressing return. It will ask you for your Admin password (sudo stands for "super user do" and basically grants unrestricted access for the code to complete). It should only ask you for permission after the first command, after which the terminal session will remain authenticated for long enough that you can type everything else.

    The first 2 lines tell the running MacLoJack processes to quit what they're doing. The rm -f commands tell the computer to remove the files and to override confirmation. The rm -rf command is used to delete the directory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rm_(Unix)

    If you want to see if it worked, go to the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder and see if there's a file called maclojack.plist; /usr/libexec/ for a lojackd file; etc. You get the picture. :D
     
  6. jawzzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got it! Before even did it I did it I did not see any files in that LaunchDaemon folder. So I guess my first try might have erased it.

    Heres what I saw when I did it this time:

    john-wicks-computer:~ John$
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl stop com.zdziarski.maclojack
    Password:
    Sorry, try again.
    Password:
    launchctl stop error: No such process
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    nothing found to unload
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /Library/LaunchDaemons/maclojack.plist
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /usr/libexec/lojackd
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /var/log/maclojack.log
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -f /etc/maclojack.cfg
    john-wicks-computer:~ John$ sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MacLoJack.pkg

    It didn't really give me any acknowledgment, but I guess I'll assume it worked. Could anyone finally clear this up? I'll be really happy if this is off my system. Thanks everyone!
     
  7. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Wait a second. How do we know that this guy didn't steal a MacBook and now is trying to disable the security system so that he is free and clear? :)
     
  8. Ninden macrumors member

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    Well, he would have to know the admin pass to use sudo. His log shows that he does. Granted that's not definitive proof, but it's a good start. Now if he had asked how to reset the admin password without knowing it... ;)

    rm commands do not give feedback on successful completion. You should be all set.
     
  9. tico24 macrumors 6502

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    My guess would be that if he doesn't know how to use terminal, then he's not gonna be the greatest of hackers (no offense OP!)
     
  10. jawzzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha. I'm new to OS X (and NOT through theft :D), and so I'm really grateful for all the help! Hopefully the remnants are all gone, and I can get a better program like Undercover.

    Is there any way I could make sure everything is gone? I hate having messy systems; that was for my Windows days.
     
  11. keenkreations macrumors regular

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    For future installs, you can use the program called AppTrap. That helps me a lot. For example, I delete an app from the application folder, then AppTrap will automatically ask me if I want to remove the associated library files. It's that easy. :)
     

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