Notification Center Crashing -Too Many Alerts!

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  1. ElwoodP, May 23, 2017
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    ElwoodP macrumors newbie

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    I have had Apple mail set to "Alerts" in Notification Centre (New Email creates an alert which needs to be dismissed). I had about 800 spam emails come in at once and now Notification Centre hogs the system resources trying to load all the alerts. It never manages to load them all before crashing and I have to force quit it before it reloads itself and starts all over again.

    I have tried deleting all the spam emails, setting "Mail alert style" to "None" and restarting the computer. Notification Centre is still trying to load all these alerts. Is there away to clear them or otherwise fix?
     
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Try find a good spam filter app,there are such things included in many internet security packages.
     
  3. ElwoodP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Stefan but I'm not looking for a solution to stop the spam but to solve the problem with Notification Center.
     
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    There is unfortunately only three ways to stop this.
    1,check and empty your mailbox every 2 hours or more often.
    2,stop the spam as I described.
    Or 3,di sable all notification s.
     
  5. ElwoodP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Stefan. Maybe I'm not being clear enough. I'm not asking for a solution to stop the problem reoccurring, I'm good with that, as you point out spam protection solutions are commonplace.

    My problem is now that it has happened Notification Center no longer works. I can not find a way to clear the notifications already within the system. Everytime it restarts it trys to process all the alerts and eventually crashes.
     
  6. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Try inactivate notifications,open mailbox and delete spam,then do a full virus scan,and restart Notification Center.
     
  7. ElwoodP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are you kidding?

    Read the original question. I have already turned off the notifications and deleted the spam. Why you would recommend a virus scan is beyond me.

    Honestly I'm grateful for the interest in my question but if you don't know how to clear the notifications from Notification Center then please feel free to leave the question for someone else to answer!
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I disabled notifications, turned them off completely:
    sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.apsd.plist

    If you want to RE-enable them later, use this:
    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.apsd.plist

    I found notifications distracting -- I don't need them, they're gone forever!
     
  9. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    If it works as you described,the crashing notifications is caused by overflow,because of a spam virus in your system. Get rid of the virus,and the overflowing spam mails will be gone.
     
  10. ElwoodP, May 24, 2017
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    ElwoodP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Absolute nonsense! Please stop replying.
    --- Post Merged, May 24, 2017 ---
    Thanks Fishrrman. This is very useful, I also found this way of disabling NC. Its good to stop the crash but I actually use the notifications a lot (especially since Growl stopped being developed). After NC is re-enabled using this method the queue of notifications is still there...

    Still looking for a way to clear the current notifications...
     

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