"Unknown widget" taking up 97% CPU power.

Sicarius

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Original poster
Oct 2, 2006
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Tennessee.
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?
 

Sicarius

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Original poster
Oct 2, 2006
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Tennessee.
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!
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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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)
 

iBunny

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Apr 15, 2004
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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?
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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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?
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.