How do I STOP OSX from asking me for password everything??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lip5016, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. lip5016 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    Hello. I was hoping to see if someone could tell me how to STOP OSX from asking me for password everything?

    I've ran full disk permissions, restarted computer, everything, and yet the Administrator password is required for EVERYTHING! I tried running a sweep with CleanMyMac and it was like every 15 seconds I had to keep putting in my password.. and I had to do that like 30x in a row! Very frustrating..

    Any way to implement a "blanket" over all my installed apps to basically say that they're "good-to-go" and that they don't need a password to be entered over and over again? Thanks!
  2. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Is the account you are logged into an admin account?

    It sounds as if you are running admin tasks from a user account - in which case that behaviour is probably correct.
  3. kioko91 macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2014
    I have the exact same issue. Every time install something it requires a password like windows UAC. I assume if you can turn it off in windows that Mac should be easier.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You cannot turn it off, its one of OS X's major security features. If an installer is trying to access/write to a directory that has administrator privileges, then its going to prompt you.

    I've noticed that as installers and applications got more complicated over the years this occurrence has increased as well, i.e., there are apps that you can install that won't prompt for a password since its only going into the applications folder.
  5. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2013
    To get rid of this would forgo a lot of the security features built into OSX... Programs are not supposed to be able to practically do as they please.

    They did something like that on Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows, but this is the reason why a pretty good chunk of botnets and spam email farms still consist of Windows XP machines.
  6. lip5016 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    It's a personal computer, so there's only the *one* login user on here (me).. I have the boxes checked off that I'm the administrator (says Admin under my name as well), no other user names on the list, and "Guest" disabled.. there's gotta be a better way around all this..

    why would i not give my own self permission to do something that I initiated on my one and only account! c'mon apple!
  7. Cablekevin macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2014
    Well you can go banana's on this, but this is the way OSX works, and you can't compare it to Windows UAC. You just need to enter your password to confirm what you are doing when doing some crucial things to your machine. If you want to do important things with the terminal you also require "sudo" or "su", thats just the way this system works. Get used to it.
  8. lip5016 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
  9. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    If by "everything" you mean you need to enter password every time you launch iTunes, for example, that is not normal behavior. OSX does require administrator password to modify the system. i.e. installing new applications, deleting system files, etc.
  10. MacPawSupport macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2014
    Hi there!

    My name is Yaroslav, and I'm from MacPaw, company which developed CleanMyMac 2.

    Regarding your question, I assume you mean Helper Tool, correct? Please be assured that this bug has been fixed in the latest version of the application (v.2.2.7). In case you still have this issue, It will be awesome if you could email us on that we can provide you with special fix for it!

    MacPaw Support Team.
  11. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    How would OS X they know that its something you initiated? What if you start an application that's supposed to show you funny cat videos and it will instead delete your entire disk? Certain operations require your attention and the user elevation prompt is there for a good reason.
  12. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    You should only need to enter your admin password when the program is making some deep, system-level changes. For instance, opening safari shouldn't make it ask for an admin password. But, that CleanMyMac software is probably making some pretty intensive changes on the system level in order to clean the computer, so I'm not surprised that OSX is asking for your permission.
  13. sstyle macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Same here. CleanMyMac 3 ask me for a password each 1 second when I try ot delete some apps. Looks like helper did not installed
  14. yosisolt macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2016
    celanMyMac 3 might ask endlessly for pass, as it appears, it was at the removal stage of multiple language (korean Japanese etc.....), this since every removal need your password.... and there are probably 10k of those, I by-passed it by running first monoligual application (free...) that do the remove of those by only once type the password, then run cleanmymac3 that did required about 10 times password....
    so first download monoligual and run it....
    --- Post Merged, Jul 11, 2016 ---
    This is the app U need:
  15. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    The solution is not to use the malware that is "clean my mac". It's useless, and as seen here, causes more problems than it allegedly solves.
  16. yosisolt macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2016

    Hi Joe !
    CelanMyMac did a great job for me I used it for a year, and clean about 450G, also it has few other nice tool inside, to speed up your OSx, Clean Iphoto-Lib, Mails, etc, I think that you probably confused by MacKeepr as a known malware....
    CleanMyMac3 did great job for me and I bought it after use demo.... anyway, I will inform them about the repeated password issue... All the best
  17. sstyle macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    No, I tried to delete some apps. Main reason it that CleanMyMac can not install the helper.
  18. yosisolt macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2016
    I just look at its progress, and during the different stages, it does ask for passwords, but the only location it endlessly asked, was different language removal,
    as for removing apps, I think it will ask once per removed app...
    I did remove apps with it w/o issues.
  19. sstyle macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    No, many times for each app. And after that it shows exclamation point on right. It is really does not work properly. On another mac - everything is ok
  20. yosisolt macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2016
  21. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Nope, not confused. It claims it can "free up ram to make your mac less laggy" among other things = snake oil.
  22. Alex Roth macrumors newbie

    Alex Roth

    Aug 21, 2017
    Just registered to say thank you pal ;)
    --- Post Merged, Aug 21, 2017 ---
    I've CleanMyMac3 v.3.0.2 and i can confirm that this issue is still present...
    You have to type the damn password at the damn prompt...thousands of times...can't be...!
    Solve it, please.
  23. tullman macrumors newbie


    Jan 1, 2018
    You are not alone. While signing in just now using facebook on Firefox a dialog box came up twice asking me to enter my system password. It went away when I clicked CANCEL which shows that it is not really doing anything other than annoy. I am using OSX 10.9.5. Another Mac that I use that is running Sierra has the same problem. My only recommendation is to simply close the window to continue with your work.
  24. simonetta macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2018
    This is a default that is set up without asking you when you install the OS. You have to go to Settings and look down the list on the left for 'Passcode'. On the right it says what this is set to. The longest interval is 4 hours. However, there is an option to turn it off! Relieved I am not the only one to have found this a problem - I had to get Apple Support to help me sort it out.
  25. FeRRiSNL macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2019
    And where can you find these settings? And what do you need to adjust?

    P.s. I created a ticket with MacPaw Customer Support.

    What did I do?
    - Older version of Cleanmymac (3.0) installed - the same problem.
    - Mac reinstalled - the same problem

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