Questions about Apple malware protection

Discussion in 'macOS' started by class77, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. class77 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    I'm running SnowLeopard 10.6.8. Earlier this year, I thought I installed Apple's automatic malware protection. In System Preferences, Security, General, the option for "Automatically Update Safe Downloads List" is grayed out. When the lock at the bottom is unlocked with your password, you can make changes to the list, but the lock always winds up locking again and the option grays out again. I'm not sure it it's working or not.

    When I tried via the Terminal following MacWorld's instructions to check and see if I was up to date(System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/REsources/XProtect.met.plist), I get "no file found".

    What am I doing wrong and how can I correct this to automatically update the definitions? TIA
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, is the "Automatically Update..." which is greyed out checked or unchecked? It's supposed to be grayed out when the lock is locked. Whether it's checked or not is the issue. It should be checked.

    To find the XProtect.plist, open Finder and go to /System/Library/CoreServices. There you will see the CoreTypes.bundle. Right-click on it and select "Show Package Contents". In the window that opens up, browse to Contents/Resources and there you will find the XProtect.plist

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