Unable to remove/force quit System Preferences from Dock

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PaulaMaureen, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. PaulaMaureen macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I currently have Mac OS X 10.6.8 on my Macbook. I update it yesterday and suddenly I've noticed that the System Preferences Icon shows up on my dock. Not only does it show up once, but multiple times (currently 3 System Preferences Icons - but I have seen more of it before I tried restarting my computer). I have tried right-clicking on the icon and selecting "force quit" but it wont work. Also, when I try to simply click on the icon, it DOES NOT pull up the Systems Preferences screen. I try to drag it to the trash can or out of my dock and that doesn't do anything. Also, I see the blue dot below the icon.

    I'm really scared that my computer is hacked? But clearly somethings not working properly. I'm interested in updating to OS X Lion but I would like to fix this problem first. Please help me out!! Thank YOU so much!
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    #2
    Go into your home folder's Library, then Preferences, and delete com.apple.dock.plist. Restart the computer, and everything should be fixed.

    TEG
     

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