Logged in into my laptop this morning, to see that a shell script "open" has been added to open at login. Its from an unidentified developer, created a month back, but just got added to startup tasks. Here is the screenshot enter image description here

Found the shell script at bin. enter image description here

Unfortunately, it is not possible to gather much info about this, because the encoding seems to be different.

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Can someone tell me what this is for? Or should I reset my laptop due to potential malware? Thanks!

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    This is not a shell script but a binary, and it's (as anything in /usr/bin) part of macOS. Did you install any specific software prior to this showing up in "open at login"? If you don't remember, you can also disable it in Settings and reboot to see whether there is a difference.
    – nohillside
    Dec 26, 2022 at 10:21

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If you don't recognize an entry on open at login in settings, it is safe to remove it by selecting and clicking the - at the bottom left.

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The open command is used to open macOS applications. You can reboot the system and see if any applications load on start.

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