"Unknown widget" taking up 97% CPU power.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Sicarius, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Sicarius macrumors member

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    #1
    There is a widget in my now COMPLETELY empty Dashboard, that is taking up 97% of my cpu power. It's been doing this for about 2 weeks now, and the fans are always on because of it. Does anyone know what the Hell this is?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    #2
    Sounds like a dodgy widget, can you kill it in Activity Monitor?
     
  3. Sicarius thread starter macrumors member

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    I just Force Quit it in Activity Monitor, everything is getting back to normal.


    What's gonna bug me is not knowing what the Hell it was, since it wasn't visual, at least as far as I could tell.


    Thanks though!
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    #4
    To make sure you really have no widgets running, use these from the terminal:

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.dashboard layer-gadgets  "()"
    killall Dock
    (Dock and [empty] dashboard will automagically restart)
     
  5. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    Is this like spyware or something? sure, you probly have to download it and execute it on your own, but I mean is this meant to be malicious?
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Dashboard has the same guts as Safari. And just like Safari, it occasionally gets itself wedged. It's probably nothing worse than a case of that.
     
  7. jsklar macrumors member

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