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What is installd, and why is it eating my CPU?

My Macbook is frying my lap, and the CPU monitor is going crazy: over 200% CPU being used by something called "installd". What is it? Can I kill it? (OS X 10.8.)
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runaway distnoted process

Sometimes I see a distnoted process suddenly spin up and chew up 100% CPU (on one core) and a ton of memory, often in the neighborhood of 1.5G or so. This happens a few times a day, starting a month ...
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Why does SystemUIServer cause high CPU usage?

The SystemUIServer process is taking 30% of my CPU. Searching around reveals a Snow Leopard daylight savings bug which is solved by removing the clock from the menubar. I am on Lion and I have tried ...
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What is the InterCheck process that occasionally uses 96% CPU on my Mac?

I heard my computer's fan spinning fast, so I checked Activity Monitor and saw that a process called InterCheck was using close to 96% CPU. What is this process and why's it using so much CPU? In the ...
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How to block internet traffic of an application?

Little Snitch can block internet traffic of a particular app. Can I do something similar without (paying) Little Snitch?
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VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports

As stated above VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports to the point that the ReportCrash system process will use 50-100% of cpu. Application Specific Information: Client is ...
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Is there something stronger than “Force Quit”?

I have an app that won't die: it's gone from the dock, but the window remains (with a beachball, if I mouse over it). It's using no CPU, but I want it to go away. Is there something stronger than ...
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How can I disable MySQL from starting at boot?

I have a mid 2013 MBA running OSX 10.9. The process that starts on every start up is mysqld. I believe it was from an old version of MySQL I had installed (via AMPPS). I then installed MAMP Pro and I ...
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What kind of “messages” does Activity Monitor track with the “Messages Sent” and “Messages Received” columns?

In Activity Monitor on OS X, it is possible to add additional columns to the process list view. Two columns available in that list are "Messages Sent" and "Messages Received", which show up as "Sent ...
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How can I kill a process using top on OS X?

On other Unixe,s I can use top and then hit K and type the process ID. How can I do that in OS X? I can type kill [the_pid] on its own at the command line and that works. However, I was wondering if ...
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Erroneous “Installation Alert” upon installing XCode 3.2.6

I am on a clean Mac OS X 10.6.8 machine (I erased the hard drive and reinstalled the OS yesterday). I do have to re-download a few apps, and XCode happened to be one of the first. I completed the ...
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nsurlstoraged and CPU usage

Since yesterday nsurlstoraged is constantly using a huge amount of CPU. Nothing shows up in the logs but opensnoop shows that the process is accessing ...
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How to isolate an application from the system (fully sandboxed application)?

Is it possible to do something like the concept of sandboxing (like all apps on iOS have its own system software resources) for all existing applications (so - not while designing an own new ...
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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Safari 8.0 on Yosemite doesn't kill closed tab processes, hogs memory

I've just upgraded to Yosemite and started using the new Safari 8.0. For a while, everything seemed fine, but then all got ever so slightly slower and slower, especially when switching desktops. ...
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How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ ...
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Why can't this process terminate?

Just recently I ran into an issue where my network program couldn't bind to a port because it was already in use. I opened the activity monitor and realized it (named "server") was already running ...
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Utility to warn when process takes 100% CPU for x minutes?

I run on battery a lot and occasionally a process/app will crash in the background and start sucking up 100% of one or more cores. That in turn burns my battery down way faster than normal. I used ...
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App or script to monitor/log processes starting and stopping?

I want to be able to start an app or script, leave it running for a few hours, then come back and see a log of what processes started and stopped in that time. This is not the same as Activity Monitor ...
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What is “com.JWVD.cbcache.plist”?

I'm trying to solve some problems and have run across a few things in Etrecheck of which I cannot determine the origin. One such item is the Launch Daemon "com.JWVD.cbcache.plist". Does anyone know ...
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Multiuser - can process of background user kept running?

On my Mac I use three user accounts. From what I understand when I'm logged in as one the processes of the other accounts are suspended. I switch between them with fast user switching. My question is ...
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How do I monitor the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants?

From the command line, how would I get the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants (not just 1st-level children)? This is useful when you want to monitor the ...
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Why won't kern.maxfiles setting in /etc/sysctl.conf stick?

I've been getting various "too many files open in system"-type errors on Yosemite (10.10.1). Searching around suggests setting kern.maxfiles and kern.maxfilesperprocess in /etc/sysctl.conf. I've ...
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Getting a list of currently running processes

I'd like to get a list of all the applications currently running on my machine using the command line. It should be similar to what you get when you open up Activity Monitor and choose to save the ...
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Process named after website executing?

While looking at Activity Monitor processes, I noticed a process whose name started with "http://". Shortly after observing and screenshoting the process disappeared. This morning, it briefly ...
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Blank process name in Activity Monitor on OS X Mavericks

In my activity monitor I have noticed that there is a process appearing that has no name. It is owned by root. How can I find out what this process is?
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What do the appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper processes do?

I found in activity monitor appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper but after googling a while didn't found any interesting information: wdhelper - could be a webdrive or webdav - found only wdhelper.dll ...
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Is there a way to switch to the selected process in activity monitor?

I'm wondering if there's a way to bring focus to a process that's in "activity monitor". Specifically, I've got a bunch of Google Chrome processes and I'm trying to figure out which process ...
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How to use an application name to kill it from a script

I'm trying to create a cron job to prevent children at a school from running the Minecraft server. (We actually need them to run the Minecraft client because we use it to teach programming.) The name ...
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Easiest way to gently kill an intermittently unresponsive application?

Sometimes, when I have many applications open doing many memory and IO-intensive things, my computer inevitably starts to thrash a bit. While waiting for things to settle down, I often decide to ...
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Kill GUI “zombie”

This is not actually zombie in UNIX terms, but I don't know name of this process. On my Mavericks 10.9.1 some GUI application has been badly crashed and I can't run it again except I should logout ...
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Why doesn't /proc exist in OS X?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in OS X? I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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Where did the /proc directory go in Mountain Lion?

I used to find the location of cached flash videos by lsof | grep Flash, the result is something like this Google 38571 lamnk 74u REG 1,2 156826302 37061768 /Users/lamnk/Library/Application ...
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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 ...
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How to renice by process name?

I am trying to Launch a process using NICE but this process is starting other process by itself and they are not affected by the priority of the main process ( main process has the correct nice but ...
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More than 2500 systemwide processes on OSX 10.9

Attempts to raise the maximum number of systemwide processes above 2500 fail. $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2500 kern.maxproc: 2500 -> 2500 $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2501 kern.maxproc: 2500 ...
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Which process is eating my connection?

I found something is eating 100KB of my rx Internet connection. Doing iftop I found that most data is coming from 69.31.72.192. Running this command line: lsof -P -i -n | cut -f 1 -d " " | uniq ...
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Securityd process uses 100% CPU when Mail app is open

I have a Macbook Air mid 2011 with OS X Yosemite. For a couple of weeks, I have a process, called Securityd, that runs and uses 100% of my processor, making it hot and noisy. After some time, I ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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How can I remove remnant processes from deleted preference panes?

I discovered in Activity Monitor that I have several leftover processes running in the background that shouldn't be there anymore. I deleted these preference panes long ago with an application that ...
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Terminal in full screen mode: how do I recover from “cat /dev/random”

What are the ways I can regain control over my computer when I have terminal in full screen mode and type: cat /dev/random
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In Activity Monitor, is the percentage out of each core or out of each virtual core?

I have my new MacBook Pro with 2 cores. However, the Activity Monitor shows me 4 “virtual” cores. (I don’t really know what a “virtual core” is.) If the processor is running at maximum, what ...
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How do I start taskgated again?

I killed taskgated from the Activity Monitor and since then it is not been running. How do I start the process taskgated again?
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mdworker process always at 100%, even when not indexing

I'm trying to understand why mdworker is always at 100% even when (apparently) not indexing. If I open Spotlight, there's no message telling me that a drive is being indexed. If I run fs_usage -w -f ...
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Processor affinity on mac.

In Linux machines, there is a command called taskset, which can be used to do the processor affinity. In mac(from mavericks) are there any commands to the same job like taskset? Else how one can ...
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Why the launchd has multiple instances per user (not only me and root, but also _spotlight and _windowserver)?

I found that the launchd process has multiple instances in the process list. What is looking interesting is that there are four users under which these launchd processes are running: root < ...
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What do appleeventsd and AppleIDAuthAgent do?

I looked in the activity monitor to clarify what are those processes and started with alphabetic order. I know different resources where many processes are described. But appleeventsd and ...
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Why does AddressBookSourceSync request connections to myriad different servers?

I've recently installed a new version of Little Snitch, and it informs me that the process AddressBookSourceSync wants to contact a server. I understand the process is for syncing Contacts. What I ...
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Kill processes automatically that get over x % CPU

I have a (rather annoying) process on my iMac that tends to get out of control. Unfortunately, it's not possible to get rid of it. Much as I want to. This process is fine at first - using 1-2 % of ...