I use SelfControl quite frequently for completing homework and such, but at school, while I was away from my keyboard at the white board, my friend thought it would be funny to set the timer to 10 hours. I am currently using a proxy to ask this question. Is there any way to disable this useful, but inflexible application?
Have you tried opening Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) and using the commands:
sudo killall SelfControl
As it is not working try the hosts file:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
And look for something like this
# BEGIN SELFCONTROL BLOCK 127.0.0.1 www.nasa.gov 127.0.0.1 nasa.gov # END SELFCONTROL BLOCK
delete the entire block and hit CTRL + O to save the file and CTRL + X to exit. Everything you put at hosts file like:
127.0.0.1 facebook.com 127.0.0.1 nasa.gov 127.0.0.1 stackoverflow.com
Those addresses will be blocked, you will not be able to access them while they are inside the hosts file
To stop and delete SelfControl running as a background process:
sudo su - cd /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/ rm org.eyebeam.SelfControl
To delete the firewall rules that have been introduced by SelfControl, read this blog article by Joshua Kehn:
Sometimes deleting what's between the
# BEGIN SELFCONTROL and
# END SELFCONTROL doesn't work.
On the other side, changing the Date or Time worked perfectly for me! All you gotta do is change your date to something in the future, for example if today is Sep 4 you can change your system date to something like Sep 5 !
- You open Preferences Open Date & Time
- Change the date to something like Sep 5 or any date in the future.
- Open SelfControl, the countdown will be gone now.
Try opening a website that you blocked with selfControl! if it does work! then it's all you gotta do ... otherwise try changing the date back to the original date (Sept 4) for example, and try again opening the website that you blocked with SelfControl!
I had to remove the lines in
/etc/hosts, change the date in
/etc/SelfControl.lock, and reopen the SelfControl application:
sudo sed -i '' '/# BEGIN SELFCONTROL/,/# END SELFCONTROL/d' /etc/hosts sudo sed -i '' 's|<date>.*|<date>2010-01-01T01:01:01Z</date>|' /etc/SelfControl.lock killall SelfControl; open -a SelfControl
/etc/SelfControl.lock didn't work. If you have removed SelfControl.app, download it again first.
Update: This still works in 2021
Open System Preferences > Date and Time > Change the day 1 day in the future.
Launch SelfControl again. Quit SelfControl and then change the date back.
This works because SelfControl checks the date and time, sees that you are past the blocking period, and removes the host file additions.