Who Who Removed Adobe Reader from my Mac-mini?

visvaldis

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I have two Macs. On the old G4 MDD (no internet connection) I use Indesign to write texts and convert the documents to PDF (Adobe 5.0) and transfer them to my Mac-mini. On the Mac -mini I open the documents simply by clicking on them. This worked fine for years until two days ago.
Today I converted a document from the G4 to PDF, transferred to the Mac-Mini. I clicked to open the document and got the prompt that no app is available to open the file.
I am the only one to use this computer and have not deleted or added any apps.
Who removed the Adobe Reader 5.0 from the Mac-Mini? Is it possible that Apple, with the ploy of installing updates, can access my Mac-Mini's Apps Folder, arrange Apps, and remove some?
At the same time I saw a Grapher icon in my dock, I did not download that App, and it was not available in the App Folder. It refused to be deleted. Where did that come from?
Today I download the new version of Adobe Reader, but it will not open file created in Reader 5.0.
Has anyone had similar experiences?
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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Apple didn’t delete it. Grapher is a utility if I recall offhand. Can you open the PDF files in Preview? Have you checked the Trash?
 

tubedogg

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I probably shouldn't add fuel to this fire, but...

Is it possible that Apple, with the ploy of installing updates, can access my Mac-Mini's Apps Folder, arrange Apps, and remove some?
When you install an update from Apple, it can access anything on your hard drive. Most of the System folder can only be accessed by software from Apple. So yes, they can add or delete anything to/from your Applications folder.

The question is, what makes you think they would muck around with software that's not part of the operating system? They have no interest in what third-party software you use on your system, outside of trying to prevent malware.

Considering Adobe Reader 5.0 was released in 2001, I'm willing to bet that it isn't compatible with Mojave, and was moved to the Incompatible Software folder (in the root of your startup drive) during the upgrade to 10.14.

Grapher is an application that Apple makes and has been bundled with macOS since 10.14. You didn't install it. Apple did when you upgraded to Mojave.
 

AbSoluTc

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Sep 21, 2008
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I probably shouldn't add fuel to this fire, but...


When you install an update from Apple, it can access anything on your hard drive. Most of the System folder can only be accessed by software from Apple. So yes, they can add or delete anything to/from your Applications folder.

The question is, what makes you think they would muck around with software that's not part of the operating system? They have no interest in what third-party software you use on your system, outside of trying to prevent malware.

Considering Adobe Reader 5.0 was released in 2001, I'm willing to bet that it isn't compatible with Mojave, and was moved to the Incompatible Software folder (in the root of your startup drive) during the upgrade to 10.14.

Grapher is an application that Apple makes and has been bundled with macOS since 10.14. You didn't install it. Apple did when you upgraded to Mojave.
Love when their's a simple explanation for things.

Had a user today complaining that half her documents "disappeared". I asked her what happened and she said nothing. They were there earlier in the day but not later. She was freaking out asking what to do and where did they go! She also had not backed up since July. Ugh. So I dug deeper and asked, something changed, its not in trash since you have old and new items in there. Could it have moved to another folder? She said no. Then she finally tells me she loaner her computer to another user who left it unattended and some kids were playing on it. What do you know, her documents were moved to different folders inside other folders in documents. She then goes, how do I find them all? What do I do?

I was like, don't loan out your computer and let kids play on it, number one. Two, you have to go through each one and find them. OR - do a time machine restore of just your documents. Then she says, well I can't do that as I haven't backed up.

Sorry can't help you!
 

brand

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Love when their's a simple explanation for things.

Had a user today complaining that half her documents "disappeared". I asked her what happened and she said nothing. They were there earlier in the day but not later. She was freaking out asking what to do and where did they go! She also had not backed up since July. Ugh. So I dug deeper and asked, something changed, its not in trash since you have old and new items in there. Could it have moved to another folder? She said no. Then she finally tells me she loaner her computer to another user who left it unattended and some kids were playing on it. What do you know, her documents were moved to different folders inside other folders in documents. She then goes, how do I find them all? What do I do?

I was like, don't loan out your computer and let kids play on it, number one. Two, you have to go through each one and find them. OR - do a time machine restore of just your documents. Then she says, well I can't do that as I haven't backed up.

Sorry can't help you!
Just do a search for *.app