Suspiciouc file activity. What could it be?

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Just booted up the system (10.6.3), and got a prompt that a file is trying to access the internet. I don't remember installing anything new on this system yesterday, so I'm not sure what's going on. Its name is rsmac_3696, and here's the info for it:



I've checked the directory, and it contained the files I've posted below. I'm thinking it could have something to do with the Adobe CS5 trial that I got off of Adobe's site about five days ago (maybe these are the download manager files?



There's also a readme file which contains the following at the beginning:

Copyright (c) 2009 Akamai Technologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Overview
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This file describes the Akamai NetSession Interface.

The Akamai NetSession Interface runs as a service to manage downloads and to
let you manage the download process. It was installed on your computer when you
downloaded content that uses the service to provide secure, high integrity
downloads of large files.

The NetSession Interface supports downloading from a central source and between
peers. When peer-downloading is enabled, your computer can serve as an upload
source for other computers -- without adverse impacts to your computing.
Peer-to-peer downloading can provide faster, more effective downloads.

The NetSession Interface contains no adware or spyware, is safe and secure,
uses minimal resources, and provides you the ability to manage and control its
actions, including the ability to uninstall it if you do not want it on your
computer.

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How It Works
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The NetSession Interface does not have a noticeable desktop presence during
downloads, since its work is integrated into the sites or applications that use
the service.

However, there are two interfaces you can use to manage downloads and the
interface itself: AdminTool and a Control Panel extension.
 

andiparker

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May 11, 2010
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Yes its relates to CS5, its the RedSwoosh Download Agent (Acquired by Akamai a few years back) - essentially its a Peer-to-Peer distribution system.
 

Antoni

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May 11, 2010
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Unistall rsmac_3696 ...

Hi,

I try this...

1 Open a Terminal sesion...
2 type: /Applications/Akamai/AdminTool uninstall -force

or

/Applications/Akamai/AdminTool -uninstall force

I don't remember... sorry. You can read the file in Akamai directory: readme.txt

thats all!
 

nicolaiuta

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May 11, 2010
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well actually, i've been trying to delete this file from my mac, but I couldn't because it specifies that the file is like "currently in use". Eventhough all my programs are closed. And since I downloaded CS5, the internet got so slow, I gotta wait ages for simple video to get loaded. it must propably be that "rsmac_3696" wich slows it all. So I just uninstalled all files coming from CS5, but exept for that one, so I hope that your solution, Antonio, will. I'll try.
 

nicolaiuta

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May 11, 2010
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Antonio-> I tried what you said, but didn't do anything, could copy/paste the readme file bit where it explains how to do it, because as i said, I just deleted everything exept th rsmac3696. Thanks
 

jocamero

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Jul 11, 2008
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The following worked for me. Thanks.

(I checked in the Activity Monitor and rsmac_3696 is no longer running.)

Hi,

I try this...

1 Open a Terminal sesion...
2 type: /Applications/Akamai/AdminTool uninstall -force
 

Larance

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May 13, 2010
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rsmac-3696

Follow Antoni's May 11, 2010 instructions using the Terminal Folder. If you typed in the text line exactly as Antoni wrote you should receive another text line in the same Terminal window stating, "Uninstallation successful."

I make sure I'm always completely Updated before looking for this rascal 'cos it automatically gets loaded onto your system whether or not you complete a successful Akamai (crap, junk, sad, twisted, mental) download from anyone, not just Adobe.

Also, Adobe offers you the option to not use the Akamai Downloader, which is what I ALWAYS choose... not because it never works for me but because a simple 1-file download isn't worth the disasters Akamai causes on my systems.

And, the Terminal folder is in the Applications folder. Terminal is a DOS-type script, so simply type in Antoni's second line starting with (include the Forward Slash) /Applications..., then press your "return" key, then wait for the confirmation.

Then restart and do a search for Akamai (crap, junk, sad, twisted, mental).

Hope this helps. Thanks, Antoni.
 

foltzwerk

macrumors newbie
May 13, 2010
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"uninstall -force" works for removing akamai admintool and rsmac / rsmac_3696

Hi,

I try this...

1 Open a Terminal sesion...
2 type: /Applications/Akamai/AdminTool uninstall -force

or

/Applications/Akamai/AdminTool -uninstall force

I don't remember... sorry. You can read the file in Akamai directory: readme.txt

thats all!
Confirming that this worked for me. Here are details:


(machine name and user name redacted for privacy)

Executing the command mentioned above stopped the rsmac_3696 process and removed the entire Akamai directory (and its contents) from my Applications directory. About 30 seconds after I entered the command the terminal displayed Uninstallation complete.

Thank you, it's nice to have closure.
 

Whitewolfe

macrumors newbie
Jun 14, 2010
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not to sound stupid but

If I go thru terminal- and uninstall this rsmac_3696 - does that mean anything I loaded containing it disappears as well?

Thanks in advance this thing is driving me nuts
 

jbutler404

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Oct 29, 2010
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Akamai: what a pain!

Please help!
I had the same problem as everyone on this forum. Managed to get Akamai folder to the trash + delete it. Can find no evidence of anything Akamai on my Mac including the file mentioned.
My Console is, however, permanently on with WARNING because Akamai won't stop transmitting to my machine as it's looking for the Loader.
All this happened because I very reluctantly downloaded PhotoShop CS5 trial for a course when I was perfectly happy with Pixelmater but the tutors said I needed Adobe.
How can I stop this please?
I really hope I don't have to redownload CS5 to do the forced uninstall.
Thanks.
 

BENI

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Jun 27, 2009
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I don't know if everyone will be able to find this but I just searched "akamai" in finder and found the akamai uninstaller.

it seems all this terminal stuff might be kind of overkill if you just want to get rid of, when they supply an app for that job already....

mac search really is worth a try sometimes people!

Please help!
I had the same problem as everyone on this forum. Managed to get Akamai folder to the trash + delete it. Can find no evidence of anything Akamai on my Mac including the file mentioned.
My Console is, however, permanently on with WARNING because Akamai won't stop transmitting to my machine as it's looking for the Loader.
All this happened because I very reluctantly downloaded PhotoShop CS5 trial for a course when I was perfectly happy with Pixelmater but the tutors said I needed Adobe.
How can I stop this please?
I really hope I don't have to redownload CS5 to do the forced uninstall.
Thanks.
to be quite honest - i'd try and re-download and then run the uninstall package that comes with it.

YOU DON"T HAVE TO COMPLETE THE DOWNLOAD OF PS CS5!!!!
just download the initial package which is akamai - and then cancel the download of PS.
then open the dmg and run the uninstall.
it might say that there is nothing to uninstall so just run the app and then do it.

it isn't anything scary it's just adobe's download helper or something like that.
 
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zard

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May 15, 2011
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Did you try uninstalling Photoshop? Simply drag it from applications to the trash.

There is another option, which is to explicitly disable this service in your application layer firewall. Go to System Preferences under the Apple menu at the top right of the screen. Then go to Security > Firewall. click the radio button 'Set access for specific services and applications'. Now block incoming connections for this service, or simply remove it from the list.
 

cinder

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Jun 26, 2004
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Because sometimes it goes haywire and starts devouring your processors.
Like what's happening right now on my machine.

netsession_mac_b94eec3 is sucking up 52% of one of my processor cores.

and now it is gone.

Thanks peoples.
 

Josev

macrumors newbie
Jun 8, 2011
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I'm glad I found this thread

My Macbook has been overheating, or at least the fan speed made it seem that way, over the last 6 months or so. There was always an activity called Netsessions showing in the Istat bar when this happened. Hopefully removing the Akamai app will solve the problem.
 

ELMI0001

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Maybe it's CloudApp?

I don't have CS5 installed nor have I ever, but I just got this on a restart. Only thing new is CloudApp.

 
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maflynn

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Dude, use the timg tag instead of the img tag. That huge image is messing up the formatting of the thread and its way too big
 

DeltaWarDog

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Jun 26, 2011
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similar problem

Whenever I restart my iMac, I get "Do you want the application 'netsession_mac_361e3f9' to accept incoming network connections?" Is this the same application?