What the heck is this and how do I get rid of it?

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  1. Brumbie13 macrumors newbie

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    I would say I'm pretty Mac proficient, but this one has me stumped.

    I don't remember changing anything, but when I restarted my computer, this icon came up.

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    It is the one in the middle, between the little castle and my late Time Machine backup.

    Acutally, I know what it is, it tells me my upload and dowload at any given moment.

    But I don't know how it got there or how to get rid of it.


    If I click on it, nothing happens, no info comes up.
    If I command-click, I can't drag it.
    And there's nothing in my System Preferences menu that I can find that mentions this.


    Does anyone know what this is, or how to get rid of it?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    MenuMeters?
    http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

    It does not seem to be MenuMeters or iStat Pro at all, they have different icons.
    Have you installed anything lately or taken a look at System Preferences > Account >> Login Items or even Activity Monitor?
     
  3. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Or iStat Menus, or something along those lines.

    It's apparently something to monitor network activity.
     
  4. Brumbie13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    At first I thought it was iStat, but I don't have iStat for the Mac.

    I have iStat for my iPhone, and I have iStat Server on my PC, but iStat Server is only used to connect to my phone, it has no function on the computer itself.

    :confused:
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Why don't you right click on it to see if there's more info? I know, you must have done that already, but if not....
     
  6. Brumbie13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, sorry, I did not clarify.
    I tried every combination of click possible.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    I presume Login Items and Activity Monitor were of no help?
     
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  9. Brumbie13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I might be on to something.

    It is titled VBX6StatusItem.
    When I stop the process, it went away, then instantly came back.

    It seems to be related to my virus software, Virus Barrier 6.

    I'll try to figure it out and report back when I have news.

    Thanks for your help so far everyone.
     
  10. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Why do you have virus software on a Mac??? Delete it.
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Because of all the first viruses every two years, the ones that get discovered and never heard of again though.

    On a serious note:
     
  12. Brumbie13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I'll keep it. :)


    And yup, it was a setting in the preferences of the virus software.

    Thanks Everyone!
     
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Well, all it does is unnecessarily take up resources and can slow down your Mac. There has never been a virus for a Mac. Your call though.
     
  14. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    More proof that the only real viruses are the anti-virus software itself. :rolleyes:

    Not sure why you even bother with anti-virus software on a MAc, but I'm sure the publishers of Virus Barrier are happy with whoever believes the virus FUD.

    If you really want to keep an eye out on network activity, Little Snitch is the way to go, although I found it to be way more trouble than it's worth.
     
  15. Brumbie13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you look at my status bar, you'll see that I have Little Snitch on the left.
    That's why I didn't need another one.

    Maybe I don't believe that there's something out there to get my computer, but I'd rather play it safe if there is.
    Likewise, when I bought my beautiful new Mac laptop almost 3 years ago, I didn't think anything would ever go wrong with it, but I bought the 3 year AppleCare anyways.

    So far it's looking like the AppleCare was a waste of money, I have never needed to use it. But I don't regret buying it.

    There again, maybe I will never need my virus software, but I don't regret having it.
     
  16. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    On all the computers I've ever had, I only ever had a virus problem one time. It installed a HTTP proxy that constantly crashed, thus disabling all my browsers. The virus software was very invasive, installing parts in many different locations of my operating system (Windows XP). It also caused excessive resource, CPU, and memory consumption, forcing me to reboot my computer periodically and slowing the computer down drastically, as if someone had taken it over to keep me from doing any work. I finally found some information on the Internet telling me how I could once and for all remove it completely without resorting to a complete system reinstall.

    You might run across it yourself sometime. It's called, "Norton Anti-Virus"

    (this is not a joke)
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, there have been viruses on earlier versions of the Mac OS, just not for versions released in the past 5 or 6 years. There has never been a virus in the wild that runs on Leopard or Snow Leopard.
    No antivirus software can protect you from a virus that doesn't yet exist. It doesn't know what to look for. If you were unfortunate enough to be the first to encounter the first virus that runs on current Mac OS X, your antivirus software would not catch it. Your Mac is no more protected with antivirus software on it than it would be if you had none and just exercised common sense about what you install.
     
  18. kaz37 macrumors newbie

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    This also appeared on my menu bar a couple of weeks ago. I have uninstalled Virus Barrier 6, the 'castle" icon has gone but the upload/download icon is still there. I checked my Activity Monitor and 'VBX6StatusItem' appears there. How do I get rid of this?
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

    Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
     

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