I get this every time I log in

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Which is an application that I downloaded a while back. But I can't locate it in my applications folder and I also cant see it in this:

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How should I go about preventing this?

In /Library/LaunchDaemons:

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In /Library/LaunchAgents:

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    Which Application?
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 25, 2014 at 12:10
  • Sorry I am also un shore of that!
    – maxisme
    Apr 25, 2014 at 12:11
  • is there anything in System Preferences > Users & Groups > *your user* > Login Items that it could be?
    – dwightk
    Apr 25, 2014 at 13:02
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    Use Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.app to list running applications; this will include those that are hidden from your Force Quit list. Knowing the name of the application will help get you a full answer. Apr 25, 2014 at 13:32

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Check the Activity Monitor first to see if the App is running.
( Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.app )

If you can/can not find it there, it may be a launchd-process that has some special name.

Open Finder and hit CMD+SHIFT+G. Check these Folders:


Delete the file you are looking for (App-Name / Company)
but be careful - do not delete any random file.

Restart your Mac. If it still popp up, it is hidden somewhere else. I don't know what you installed, maybe it needed admin priviliges and is therefore located in the System/Library/LaunchDaemons folder.

Other Folders that may contain your app/script.


You could also check the logs via the Console Application.

  • Thank you it was some type of keylogger... Naughty I know.
    – maxisme
    Apr 25, 2014 at 14:05
  • see update in question
    – maxisme
    Apr 25, 2014 at 14:09
  • none of these seem strange to me?
    – maxisme
    Apr 25, 2014 at 14:11
  • indeed, maybe in the /Library/StartupItems. Also check the console for log output at boot.
    – rwenz3l
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:23
  • You may also want to check ~/Library/LaunchAgents Apr 25, 2014 at 15:32

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