what is xprotector

Discussion in 'macOS' started by naix, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. naix macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    I just installed little snitch and now when i boot up it asks if i want to allow xprotector. What is that?
  2. chriseff macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2011
    I just searched it on google and it seems to be a software protection system for windows and other sites were saying it was malware.
  3. naix thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
  4. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    You don't. XProtectUpdater is probably what you are referring to, which is not the same as simply 'Xprotect'.
    If you check your LittleSnitch details it will tell you that XProtectUpdater wants to connect to 'configuration.apple.com'. Which is fine, because it in actual fact is a list of sorts that Apple maintains to identify and deal with any potential malware. This is Apple's own description:

    "Apple maintains a list of known malicious software that is used during the safe download check to determine if a file contains malicious software. The list is stored locally, and with Security Update 2011-003 is updated daily by a background process."

    You can disable this in your System Preferences, but you probably shouldn't do that.

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