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I do not want any Finder extensions and turn I them off in System Preferences. After quitting and reopening Google Drive File Stream, its Finder extension always turns back on.

What can I do to ensure it remains turned off? enter image description here

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Google Drive Stream is defaulted to automatically start at login within the Google Drive Stream preferences.

There are two places it can be set - system (host) wide, or user only. The locations are as follows:

  • System Wide: /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings
  • User Only: ~/Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings

Check to see settings by using the defaults command to get the AutoStartOnLogin setting. For example, to see the setting system wide issue the command:

$ sudo defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings AutoStartOnLogin

Do this for both locations by changing the path to the .settings file as described above.

If either come back "true", you've found the cause. Next, write a new value to turn it off. System wide example:

$ sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings AutoStartOnLogin -bool false
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This is an issue with the Google Drive extension. There’s not much that can be done.

You can try:

  • Rebooting your Mac

  • Updating Google Drive

  • Seeing if the launch of a specific app named it enable

If that doesn’t work the best option would be to submit a Google bug report.

You can see Google contact methods here.

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