Why Dwhelper folder in my Mac Desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by huyuyen, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. huyuyen macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    Hi There,

    I am using Macbook Version 10.4.11. This morning my 2.5YO son played around with the Macbook (I think Firefox was open at that time) when we were asleep. By the time we came out, we saw 2 new folders in our Macbook: "dwhelper" (14.23GB) and "Library" (3.87GB in size). Please refer to attached jpg file. We also noticed that all of the settings I had in the Mac has disappeared, for instance all my iTunes setups (musics, iphone apps etc) and Firefox bookmarks have disappeared.

    Can you please help advise what has my son done wrong and how I can restore all my settings?

    Many thanks in advance.
    Adam (NZ)

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  2. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Holy Mary Mother of God.... After this is over, promise you will set up a limited account for others, with parental controls, and make your computer sign off or start the screen saver after 10 minutes of activity and require a password to wake it. Okay, as a parent myself, I do know kids are VERY cool and very inquisitive... and stuff happens.

    Okay, first, your Macintosh HD should have a Library folder there. If it is there, The library folder you see belongs in Macintosh HD > Users > Your Name, along with the following items:

    The Library folder you see there PROBABLY was from that folder, and the Documents folder you see in that Music folder belongs there, PROBABLY, as well.
    The Macintosh HD should have the following:

    Developer (maybe not installed, not all that important)

    Moving these folders around MIGHT cause you to get an overwriting warning, BECAUSE your preferences WILL be written to where they need to be written to... Okay, this might be kind of confusing, so the BEST idea is to somehow back up all this before you begin.
    Start with that.
  3. huyuyen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    Thanks for your suggestion. I have managed to drag the folders back to where they belong and my mac now works perfectly with all the previous settings.

    I will make sure to set a pw after 10min inactive now to prevent my son stuff it up again.


  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Another thing you can do is set the screen saver to activate with a hot corner (I use the bottom left) and set the option for Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver under Security. This way if you're going to be away from your Mac you can just put the mouse pointer in the hot corner activating the screen saver and password protection.

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