RealPlayer Downloader!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Schizophrenic, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Schizophrenic macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    RealPlayer downloader pops up and download stuff randomly everytime I visit a page on firefox! How can I disable it?:eek:
    This didn't happen to me when using Windows.
  2. clarkent macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2006
    Just go to System Preferences->Accounts->Login Items and remove the program. You can open it through RealPlayer if you still want to use it occasionally.
  3. somewhatstunned macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Taking it out of startup items doesn't work for me. If I have RealPlayer running, Firefox will use this stupid downloader! And so will Safari.

    And I can not kill it. It doesn't show up in the ps. The menu offers the option of quitting, but it completely ignores my request.

    What is it with these realplayer people? They've always been trouble. What is this giving me? What is it giving back to RealPlayer?
  4. applgeek macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2008
    bakersfield, CA
    on the windows side, this is called adware. get appzapper. get rid of it. If you dont know what that is, google it.
  5. somewhatstunned macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Well - not being on the Windows side ...

    I disabled it finally by removing some files
    /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/RealNetworks/RealPlayer Downloader Downloader



    So far no problem with RealPlayer.

    The processes for these files show up on the ps list only when run as root.
  6. gusious macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2007
    I had the same problem but i fixed it by deleting the real player and re installing it.When you run it for the first time a dialog box opens and ask you if you want to create a folder for the real player downloader or something like that.Click on no and you will be just fine!:cool:
  7. slindsley macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    Get rid of Realplayer Downloader w/Appzapper

    If you have AppZapper - a great program - you can open it and drag the RealPlayer icon to it. It'll give you for files to delete, two of which are for RealPlayer Downloader. Select those two (leave the others) and delete. Next time you open RealPlayer it'll ask if you want to add the "RealPlayer Downloader agent." Just say no & you're set.
  8. palmerc macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2008
    How to get rid of RealPlayer Downloader

    1. Launch RealPlayer
    2. Click Help->Reset RealPlayer
    3. Agree to EULA
    4. Pick Supported Protocols
    5. Select Don't Add Agent
  9. mikeM247 macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I was being tortured by this issue *too*, and your suggestions were right on point. Problem solved. :D
  10. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    In the future...

    Never. Install. RealPlayer. Ever.
  11. gusious macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2007
  12. benino macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    Real Donwloader doesn't work with all websites

    I recently found that my Real Player Downloader works for most websites like YouTube, blogs etc, but not for others when I use Firefox, but when I use IE on Windows, the Downloader works every time. Can anyone help?
  13. btokar macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    Videos gone blank

    Suddenly about 2-3 weeks ago, the Flash videos I'd saved with RPD all went blank. Some still have sound; no video. May have coincided (oops!) with a Flash or QT update. Any info. on this??
  14. Barros macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2009

    It occurred exactly the same with me.
  15. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Kind of the wrong thread for this, but if your saved .flv files aren't working, either update or reinstall Perian. That's probably what you were using to play them before, and if it's not it should be.
  16. Salmar macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2007
    Real Player has always been very aggressive even on windows and wants to take control of everything. I wouldn't have it on any computer.
  17. crozlo1980 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2009
    Removing RealPlayer Downloader Agent

    To remove RealPlayer Downloader Agent on Mac OS:

    When it launches, click its icon in the dock or switch to it with the app switcher.

    In the Apple Menu Bar (top left) click "RealPlayer Downloader"...
    Drag and select "Preferences..."

    Uncheck "Add RealPlayer Downloader Agent to Login Items"
    Uncheck "Enable Advanced Video Detection" (if it isn't grey'd out already)

    Close the preferences window and quit RealPlayer Downloader Agent.

    That will stop RealPlayer Downloader Agent from re-installing itself to your user's login items. To VERIFY that RPDA is no longer in your login items:

    - Click the Apple Icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar.
    - Select System Preferences...
    - Select Accounts
    - Select your user account and click the login items button
    - Look for RealPlayer Downloader Agent in the list. If it IS in the list, select it and click the "-" button below.

    If it is NOT in the list, the removal was successful! The Downloader will not come back unless you reset RealPlayer and allow it to be re-installed (via obvious prompts).
  18. raytheappleguy macrumors newbie


    Nov 8, 2014
    Montreal suburb
    RealPlayer Downloader!

    The response from member 'somewhatstunned' of Jul 2, 2008, 09:41 AM worked well for me. It was the only way I could get rid of that pesky adware-type pop-up one and for all (it kept popping up at each restart)

    For those who may not be able to access the folder in question, try this when going to the hidden library folder:
    In finder, Go, Go to Folder... type the location you want preceded by the ~ character
    ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/RealNetworks and then the applicable folder/file

    This worked using OS X 10.10 on iMac :cool:

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