Random pictures being saved?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WillEH, May 24, 2011.

  1. WillEH macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, decided to look in my All Images folder today. While going through it, random pictures of people started appearing, really small pictures, mostly indian people smiling, etc. Why the hell is that in my images? same with PSD files, lots of them, to do with menu's, etc.

    Images attached, any idea how I could of got these images on my MBP? (that's just a small selection, I've deleted over 200 random pictures of people...)
     

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you look to see where they're located? They may be in your browser cache or included with some apps.
     
  3. WillEH thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Please explain further, why would images save to my browser cache?

    Edit: I think it's all coming from:

    /Applications/Adobe Contribute CS5/Configuration/Content/CCWelcome/Ringo/People
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    When you browse the web and visit sites, all the images that appear on each webpage you visit get downloaded to your cache. Change from Icon view in Finder to List view to see where they are.

    Re your edit: Many apps include a collection of images used for that app.
     
  5. WillEH thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh okay, thanks. Was just wondering :) Not that I have any clue where most of them came from! lol
     
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    My understanding is that the All Images folder is actually a Smart Folder that shows every image on your Mac's hard drive. Since it's a Smart Folder none of the images actually reside there, but it includes all kinds of images like from help files, etc. Don't delete anything from the All Images folder as it will delete the actual image from where it resides on the hard drive and if it's something necessary things could get messed up.
     
  7. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    AAAARGGGHHH !

    There is no such thing as "my All Images folder" !!!

    Its the result of a smart search, and is merely showing every single image file on your Mac from every folder.

    Why Apple created this I have no idea, because it hoovers up so many files which arent user files that its pointless to actually find your user images, its just a list.

    Then someone not knowing this and thinking its a real folder decides they will reclaim some space by deleting "these useless images" and hey presto they just hosed their system when they deleted an image that something to do with the OS or an app they use.

    You can switch it off in finder preferences and I suggest you do.

    p.s. I see Dewguy mentioned all this more succinctly than I did.
     
  8. ActualMeghan macrumors newbie

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    Same thing

    okay so the same thing just happened to me in the images file of my new mac desktop computer. random pictures of anime peoples faces in like different emotions and like body figures and pictures of them in a classroom and like leaves and stuff were all in small images on my computer. i am so freaked out right now. i deleted them all because i had no idea where they came from. i couldn't post a screenshot because when i took the screenshot of it, its nowhere to be found, and i didn't know that until after i deleted it. then, afterwords, when i saw that it wasn't there, i took another screenshot to verify and it showed up right away. what is going on?!?!?! I'm scared out of my mind and super superstitious please help:apple:
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What apps have you installed recently?
    What browser do you use? What extensions or add-ons are installed?
    What websites have you visited?
    Have you cleared your browser's cache and cookies?
    Have you restarted your Mac?
    Have you checked to see what apps or processes you have automatically launching at startup?

    There are a myriad of possible legitimate reasons why you may be experiencing what you describe. There is absolutely no reason to be scared or superstitious. It simply requires some level-headed troubleshooting to determine the cause. There is no "voodoo" in your computer.
     
  10. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    Where did you find this folder?
    I can't find it on my Mac.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What folder are you referring to?
     
  12. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    The All Images folder.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    All Images isn't a folder. It's an automated search. The contents you see are images from all over your computer, regardless of which folders they're in.
     
  14. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Please read posts 6 & 7 right above yours. By your hasty reaction you have possibly damaged the OS and may start getting all sorts of random errors.
     
  15. N.NSQ macrumors newbie

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    im having the exact same issue and its freakig me out . what is this????
     

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  16. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Try to scan your Zmac with MalwareBytes to see if someone hacked your Mac.
     

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