I'm trying to help a colleague whose MacBook periodically switches off without warning (I've had similar problems on a Mac Mini, so it's not power related).
While investigating the logs in
Library/Logs, I found a file
talagent.log with something very odd, last updated very close to the time the computer last switched off without warning:
Time Bundle ID Status Comment 0.000 - - TALagent Started (system uptime: 238.18 sec) 0.007 - - Liveness: 0 -> 1 (run_as_server) 0.038 - - Successfully read encryption key from keychain in 0.030809 seconds 15.007 - - Liveness: 1 -> 0 (__run_as_server_block_invoke) 15.007 - - Exiting out of boredom
What the heck is talagent and what does it mean that it is "Exiting out of boredom"?
I've read this thread but it doesn't help me understand what's going on here.
My first thought was that it must be a virus, because that's such a non-professional thing for a log entry to say, but that linked thread seems to imply it's not such a concern; but it doesn't help me understand what it is or what that means.
We use Symantec as a virus scanner, and the Mac in question is on Mavericks (can't currently update for unrelated compatibility reasons).