Start Up Issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nope7308, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. nope7308 macrumors 65816

    nope7308

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    #1
    First, I'm posting in the 'OS X' section because I don't know if the issue is program related, or OS related. I searched for an answer but to no avail.

    Anyway, I'm having trouble configuring Peer Guardian. When I start the computer, I have an icon in the Menu Bar that reads "PG". Does this mean that Peer Guardian is launching during start up? The goal is to remove Peer Guardian from launching at system start up, as well as removing that PG icon (when the program is not in use).

    Now, I've tried to remove Peer Guardian at start up via 'Accounts/Login Items', but it keeps reappearing. For instance, I removed all PG related entries, and now my login list contains the following:
    - pploader
    - pplogger
    - pgagent

    I assume they're all affiliated with PG because they have the PG icon. PG is the only app in my login list that keeps reappearing after I remove it.

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. nope7308 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  3. Mashiach macrumors regular

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    #3
    I had this exact same problem with logmein. Did the same as you removing it from start up items and it kept putting itself back thr. I had to uninstall to stop this from happening.
    Would be cool to find an answer for this.

    Have you tried reinstalling and unchecking the option for it to load on start up. If there is such an option.
     
  4. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    I used PG for a while, but then had to stop because it was blocking way more than I wanted it too (eg. it wouldn't let me open some web pages and some graphics would not load). I wish there was a more lightweight client that did wat PG did but in a less intrusive way (eg. just with torrents or something). I think the only solution for you is to completely uninstall it using AppZapper or AppCleaner.
     
  5. nope7308 thread starter macrumors 65816

    nope7308

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    Damn, I had a feeling someone might say that.

    I simply don't understand why PG is so damn intrusive. Somewhat ironic, isn't it?
     
  6. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Yea lol. Something that's trying to block IP's for you blocks your own :p Does anyone know of another program that does this that's not so intrusive? Because I would like to use it for Vuze.
     
  7. xgman macrumors 601

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    There are a few areas other than login items that autostart. PG is probably in a startup folder that holds licensing items and services among other things. I forget the name of the folder, but search the forum or google for it. Also be sure to check the system startup items folder.
     
  8. nope7308 thread starter macrumors 65816

    nope7308

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    Tried that, but no dice.

    Does anyone know of an alternative to Peer Guardian? Preferably something less intrusive...?
     
  9. nunzio macrumors newbie

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    applescript fix

    I ran into this same problem: basically I only want to use PeerGuardian sometimes but not all the time and it frustrated me that it gives me no choice how it puts itself in the login items... so i wrote an applescript i like to call "kill_pg" :)

    I run this in my login items and pg still starts but after 5 seconds it kills all the pg apps:



    delay 5

    on isRunning(appName)
    tell application "System Events"
    set isAppRunning to (name of processes) contains appName
    return isAppRunning
    end tell
    end isRunning


    if isRunning("PeerGuardian") = true then
    do shell script "killall PeerGuardian"
    end if

    if isRunning("pploader") = true then
    do shell script "killall pploader"
    end if

    if isRunning("pplogger") = true then
    do shell script "killall pplogger"
    end if

    if isRunning("pgagent") = true then
    do shell script "killall pgagent"
    end if
     
  10. christopherust macrumors newbie

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    nunzio that worked great! thank you..

    for anybody else wondering you can open up 'script editor' through spotlight

    copy paste that code and save as an application..

    then drop that application in "system preferences > accounts > login items"

    I went a step further and found the PeerGuardian.app in my application folder

    right click the app > show package contents

    go down through the folders until you find pploader and pgagent then paste your new kill_pg in there somewhere..

    keep the file hidden in there with peer guardian and the rest so if you ever decide to delete the program you don't forget to delete it's little buddies too

    Have Fun!
     
  11. stryker7 macrumors newbie

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    I've managed to stop Peer Guardian from launching during startup. Although it doesn't physically appear on my dock, it shows up on Activity Monitor as two processes: pploader and pplogger. A check on Login Items (under System Preferences/Accounts) indicates that they reside under the list of applications, despite repeated removals and restarts. But after performing the following steps, I've removed it for good.

    Note: I'm still using Peer Guardian and it is only opened when necessary.

    Here's how I do it:

    1) Under "/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/", look for this file, "xxx.qnation.PeerProtectorApp.plist"

    2) Double-click it and a Property List Editor window will appear.

    3) Under the "Root" entry, expand it to see the other items.

    4) Look for the entry titled, "PGAgent Added to Login" and uncheck the box.

    5) Open System Preferences and click Accounts.

    6) Click Login Items tab and make sure that pploader, pplogger or pgagent are not added in the list.

    7) Restart your Mac and you are done (:)
     
  12. christopherust macrumors newbie

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    ^^ that worked much better..

    the way i was doing it before, the program would be killed but when it started up at boot first it would enable the filters again. you'd have to go launch the program to disable again upon every reboot

    thanks! this works much better
     
  13. hotgrease macrumors regular

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    When I open the .plist file, I can't seem to find any "root" to expand. Do I open it with something other than texteditor? Thanks!
     
  14. Wardriver2.0 macrumors newbie

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    Rohos login sabotage!

    :eek: Every time I open start or restart my Macbook pro I get a 3rd account other than my 2 admin accounts (1 has file vault). This account has the name "other" assigned to it. There is no "other" account in System Preferences/accounts at all! So to reduce the confusion what I am saying is that every time I log in I get this "other" account and it isn't showing up in the "Accounts" window anywhere on System Preferences! So I want to know how to remove it? I used this app. named "Rohos" login and since then I have been stuck with it, even after using the Rohos login uninstaller!;( I think it may be a "Terminal" command or something similar. This ghost account does nothing but I wonder if it could have more than one password or be malicious in some way?
    Please help thanks.:confused:
     

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