What the heck is growl?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Luis Ortega, May 16, 2010.

  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    Today. I noticed a new icon in my system preferences named "growl".
    I did not install it. Can anyone please tell me what this is and how it might have gotten on my computer?
    I recently installed Steam and the free Portal game and also installed the new production premium cs5 but I was never asked about growl during the installations and have never seen it in any software update options?
    No one else has access to this computer, so it wasn't done by another person.
    How did this get on my computer and what does it do?
    And can I dump it safely?
    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It is a push notification app, very popular among Mac users as various apps use it, e.g. Adium. CS5 automatically installs it so no need to worry. I wouldn't delete it, it's a great app
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  4. Maskusee macrumors 6502a

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    By keeping Growl running in the background, does this app significantly eat into the MacBooks battery?
     
  5. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    nope, no significant difference if any difference at all
     
  6. Maskusee macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for your response.
    Good to know.
     

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