Why is VDCASSISTANT running?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ilovemacs1, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Ilovemacs1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2011
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but does anyone have any idea why vdcassistant pops up in Activity Monitor when I access the web? Image Capture Extension was also running for no reason the other day. I'm on a 2010 Macbook pro running 10.6.8.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Image Capture Extension is a part of Mac OS X... though I have no idea what it does. I've never seen vdcassistant before - perhaps it's part of Microsoft Office 2010 if you have that installed.
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    VDCAssistant is related to the iSight camera.
  4. Ilovemacs1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2011
    Thanks for trying but this doesn't really tell me anything... Can anyone help me out here?
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  6. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Yes, it's the Daemon for the built-in iSight camera.

    In Finder, navigate to /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

    Select the file com.apple.mio.VDCAssistant.plist and delete.

    Restart your system.

    See if this keeps popping up.
  7. Ilovemacs1, Nov 19, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 17, 2011

    Ilovemacs1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2011
    Thanks Dirt Farmer. I can't find that file on my machine through that particular path... However, when I click on the process in Activity Monitor I find this under the "Open Files And Ports" tab:
    count=1, state=0x2
  8. Otterbox, Sep 11, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

    Otterbox macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2012
    alt key

    If you hold alt/option while clicking on go in the menu bar, Library reveals itself. That might be why you couldn't find the files.
    Also for me a lot of com.apple files are located in /Library/Cache.

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