Unable to change the default email client

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a

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    No matter what I try Mozilla Thunderbird REFUSES to give up its default email status no matter how many times I try and change the default email app to either Mail or Outlook. Has anyone had this problem and what did you try?
     
  2. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Did you try selecting Mail, Preferences, General, Default Email Reader, and click on the down arrow to select "Mail app" from "Thunderbird app"? A checkmark will appear next to the selected default. You might have to restart the Mail app but that should do it.
     
  4. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It does not do it as like I mentioned in my OP nothing I try works including this as the Mail app goes back to listing Thunderbird as the default email app.
     
  5. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I wonder if you're running into a permissions error? Since we can no longer repair permissions using Disk Utility from El Capitan, you might want to download OnyX from here (it's free) and use it to repair permissions and then see if you can set Mail as the default. You may have to over ride Gatekeeper in order to open and install OnyX after it's downloaded.
     
  6. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also have Tech Tools Pro. Perhaps this will help.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 12, 2016 ---
    Ran TTP and it repaired many bad permissions however the default email client problem remains.
     
  7. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I just checked my copy of Mozilla Thunderbird and went through its preferences several times trying to find out where, if anyplace, it might assign itself as the default mail client. The only thing I found was under "Advanced Options" "General" tab, there's a box where you can place a checkmark labeled "Always check to see if Thunderbird is the default mail client on startup". That box is not checked on my copy. (I only use Thunderbird for NNTP news forums and not email.) Other than that, I'm at a loss why you can't change the default mail client to Apple Mail.
     
  8. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that option was already disabled so I am at a loss on the problem. I think its got to be some deep system issue on the Mac.
     
  9. Teugeus macrumors member

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    Try enabling that option, restarting firefox and it should give you a dialogue box to not set it as a default mail client.
     
  10. Eligos macrumors newbie

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    That is strange, RCDefault app works for me and I'm on 10.11.3.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    jwolf:
    Your comment:
    "That only works on PPC macs as was unable to install."
    ... is wrong.

    You should try to fix this by following the instructions I posted in another thread you posted about the same problem.
    You can see those instructions here:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphoto-vs-photos.1960868/#post-22664306

    If you are running El Capitan, you will probably have to TURN OFF "System Integrity Protection" to install this.

    How to turn off SIP in El Capitan:
    1. Boot to the recovery partition
    2. Open Terminal
    3. Enter "csrutil disable" (without quotes) and press return
    4. Reboot to your regular partition
    5. Open Terminal and enter "csrutil status" (to see if it is in fact disabled).
    6. NOW try installing the RCDefaultApp preference pane.
    (important: PRINT OUT these notes so that you can refer to the commands in Terminal)

    Does this work?

    If so, you can re-enable SIP by repeating the steps above, but instead of "csrutil disable", enter "csrutil enable" and see if that works for you.

    Also:
    DO NOT use the MacUpdate link for the RCDefaultApp pref pane.
    Instead, use the link I provided in the instructions above.
     
  12. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps I downloaded the PPC version. Whats the website again? Thanks..
    --- Post Merged, Mar 13, 2016 ---
    Thanks for your help. I was in church but should look into getting this problem resolved soon. I hate rebooting my Mac especially when I keep open many apps and the thing is slow on the first boot, but once everything is up and running the Mac runs quite well. I am using a RPM hard drive so not as fast. Also to note that if I boot into Safe Mode I am able to change the default email client.
     
  13. Weaselboy, Mar 13, 2016
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    That is interesting. Safe mode stops all launch and startup items from running, so this would indicate you may have a launch or startup item that is interfering here.

    Run the app Etrecheck once while in regular mode (not safe mode) and it will create a report showing everything running. The report is anonymized, so you can post it here so we can take a look to maybe help you figure this out.
     
  14. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  15. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    #16
    You're using Mackeeper? Real Player? Ancient versions of Snapper and Bobsled? Man, you're asking for a troubled system.
    Did you try changing the default email client in mail.app preferences? It's the only official way to do it in El Cap. Make sure Thunderbird is NOT running while you change it in mail.app.
     
  16. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I must have some old software on my system I will check for that. What do snapper and Bobsled do? How to get rid of these apps as I could not find them in the app folder?
     
  17. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Real player? Do sites even use it still?
     
  18. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    EtreCheck shows you have not completed a Time Machine backup since 1/30/16 so you should do a fresh successful backup BEFORE making any startup changes.

    Look at the EtreCheck report and navigate to file locations and remove them (drag to trash but do not delete yet). EtreCheck shows where the files are located and none of them are in the Applications folder.

    You will need to restart for the changes to effect and before you can fully delete the files from the Trash and there are no problems. I recommend removing kromtech also, since it is associated with Mackeeper.

    It seems the EtreCheck report indicated you were logged as a Standard user instead of Admin.
     
  19. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    MacKeeper needs to go away (completely :D )

    I also see that you show RetroRun in startup items. When I searched for that at the Retrospect support forums, RetroRun has not been part of the Retrospect installation since version 6.1 - which means you have an install of that several years old. Current Retrospect would be version 13, for example.

    Snapper is an audio support app.
    Bobsled from tmobile is a messaging app (for Android only, I think?)
     
  20. Weaselboy Moderator

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    #21
    Some good suggestions here already... I agree with ditching MacKeeper. That is like the herpes of Mac applications.

    You do have some Mr. Belvedere era apps and utilities running there.

    Try to remove the ones mentioned already and restart and see how it goes, then let is know.
     
  21. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Snapper is a safari extension that I have disabled so it should not be a problem. Bobsled I cannot find on my Mac so not sure how that got on the report.
     
  22. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Look at your EtreCheck listing again.
    Bobsled is listed under Safari extensions.
    Should be in your user Library/Safari/Extensions folder - even if it is not showing in your Safari app/Preferences/Extensions tab.
     
  23. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay after the reboot Mail.app is the new default email client
    Under that folder I get this

    file:///Users/jwolf6589/Library/Safari/Extensions/1-ClickWeather.safariextz
    file:///Users/jwolf6589/Library/Safari/Extensions/Extensions.plist
    file:///Users/jwolf6589/Library/Safari/Extensions/Snapper.safariextz
    file:///Users/jwolf6589/Library/Safari/Extensions/vring!%20HD.safariextz
    --- Post Merged, Mar 13, 2016 ---
    I reboot and the mail.app is the new default email client and I tried to change it to Outlook or Thunderbird and it again own let me.
     
  24. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    But, isn't that the result that you wanted - to make the Mail.app the default again?
    Sounds like a good result, eh?

    You didn't say if you tried the RCDefault.app this time.

    Can't say about that bobsled extension, but maybe you can find it with a spotlight search, or you could try the find command in the terminal.
     

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