Possible spyware....

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  1. herr_neumann macrumors 6502

    herr_neumann

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    I notice every now and again my address book opens and closes. I have not found a trigger, at least in what I am doing at the time. I have not installed anything new. Anyone else have something like this going on? If this was a windows machine I would think spyware. I am hoping it is an easy fix, but I have not seen/heard anything like this yet.

    Running a MBP Core 2 Duo 2.33 OS X 10.4.9 2 GB ram

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A lot of OS X applications can access OS X services. The Address Book is just one of many services that can be accessed.
     
  3. johnee macrumors 6502a

    johnee

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    But would any of those applications cause that particular behavior? That sounds a bit strange.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Any program able to access services would be able to open Address Book. The most common option would be to add a new entry based on a certain data set. (e.g. name, e-mail, address)
     
  5. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    i had this bug, i dont think you should be worried, i did an erase and install and it stopped happening, though repairing permissions might work for ya, chances of it being spyware are VERY VERY slim
     
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Growl, for example, can be made to open up address book and close it every-time you receive mail. That's how my housemate has his setup.
     
  7. kolax macrumors G3

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  8. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    I would just try repairing permissions, like has already been said.

    A widget can open the address book?

    I thought widgets were just HTML files with a picture added.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Address Book widget would like to have a talk with you.

    You can get much more then pictures as well.
     
  10. tombarnes macrumors 6502

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    Are you using CALLWAVE free SMS widget, my mate thought he had some spyware or a problem, but it was CALLWAVE opening up address book.
     
  11. herr_neumann thread starter macrumors 6502

    herr_neumann

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    That is it. Deleting it now as I did not use it very much anyway.

    Thanks.
     

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