Strange Processes

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Michaelgtrusa, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Michaelgtrusa

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    I have seen these processes in activity monitor that i've never seen before. They are Helpd and safari web content. Has anyone else seen these?
     
  2. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

    Madd the Sane

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Safari Web Content is part of WebKit2, I believe. As for helpd, I don't know: maybe help indexing?
     
  3. Aniday macrumors regular

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    Safari Web Content is something new in Lion for security. It sandboxes website scripts like javascript and flash. If someone was to insert a malware script in a website they can no longer do whatever they want with you once exploiting whatever vulnerability it was.

    Helpd is for the help menu of apps... I think.
     
  4. Michaelgtrusa thread starter macrumors 604

    Michaelgtrusa

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    Thanks guys. Sometimes these processes can run away.
     
  5. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    You can also "guess" at what a program is by inspecting it in Activity monitor and choosing Open Files and Ports. You can sometimes get an idea from what files it is using.
     

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