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


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

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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