What is Growl?

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  1. robotrenegade macrumors 6502a

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    I opened system prefs today and I see a new icon. What is Growl and how did it get there?
     

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's a notification app. Quite a few apps come with it nowadays. No need to remove it since it's very useful actually.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    It's a notification system. Something you installed uses it to notify you of events.
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It's a notification program. My guess is that you recently installed CS5 or something from Adobe, as it is a hidden install with CS5 for sure, possibly others.
     
  5. Satori macrumors 6502a

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    Growl is a notifications system. Can't say how it got there for sure but it is often installed with other programs to enhance their functionality (e.g. Dropbox; 3G modem connection software etc.)

    More info here:
    http://growl.info/thirdpartyinstallations.php

    EDIT: I agree with Hellhammer. No need to remove - it's very useful.
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's also installed with DropBox sometimes. It's one of those alert dialogues you just click "yes" to.
     
  7. robotrenegade thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the fast response. I don't have CS5 only CS4.
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That's how I got it, it must be from another program you installed recently. I didn't realize that a lot of programs are including it now as well.
     
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    I guess I didn't shake my malware paranoia when I left Windows.. I kept seeing "an update is available for Growl" popping up in the upper right hand corner.. After a few weeks of this I blew it away - certainly looked fishy to me since I had no clue whatsoever where it came from.

    That being said, after blowing it away I decided to research a bit and I believe it came with the last firefox update, but I could be wrong. Seems like it's a legitimate program that I may need someday but for now I'm getting along without it.
     
  11. Detosx macrumors regular

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    Whether or not it is integral to the smooth function and updating of applications that support it, it's quite an eye opener when Little Snitch flags up a dialogue boxing saying something called Growl is trying to communicate with... I went with a disingenuous 'How did that get on my computer without an opt out box appearing during install?' (Photoshop trial) and uninstalled it.
     

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