Adobe and Google insist on install crap on several folders, like update checkers and things like that.

This is the crap I have identified by Adobe.


also crap from TeamViewer


crap like this run when the system starts and load bloatware on the memory with useless stuff.

I would like to prevent this from happening.

My first idea was to replace the original files with blank ones and set chmod to 000 but when I have to legitimate install some software from them, they replace my file with a new version. The problem is that the installation runs with root privilege.

Is there a way to block my tricky files from being replaced by an installer with root privileges?

I know what you will say... root privileges... but may be there is a way...😃

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    The teamviewer files at least are needed for team viewer so you need to uninstall the whole app. As for Adobe they tend not to be as clear. Also installers will only run with root privileges if you explicitly authenticate them.
    – mmmmmm
    Jan 16 '14 at 11:28
  • believe me, both work without these.
    – Duck
    Jan 16 '14 at 11:28

You can disable the individual launchd job tickets using the launchctl tool:

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

This will immediately disable the job and the -w flag will stop the job from reloading next time you restart.

Given your dislike of these features, please provide feedback to Adobe, Google, and TeamViewer.

See disable screen sharing via the command line in mountain lion for alternative approaches for disabling launchd managed processes.

  • wow, that is fantastic but won't the installers enable their jobs again if I need to run them again? (in case of a update, for example)
    – Duck
    Jan 16 '14 at 12:24
  • Probably not. The unload -w has traditionally been written to a separate override file; rather than the actual job ticket. This may have changed on OS X 10.9, so do test. Jan 16 '14 at 12:32

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