When I run
kextstat, it gives me a list of the currently loaded kernel modules. How to I go about using the information gathered from this command to unload a kernel module?
You can unload kernel modules with
kextunload either specifying the whole path to the kernel extension as a parameter (they reside in
/System/Library/Extensions/) or by specifying the bundle identifier displayed by
kextstat, e.g. if you want to unload Fuse for OS X:
sudo kextunload -b com.github.osxfuse.filesystems.osxfusefs
You can then use
kextload for loading extension in the same way.
Bonus hint: If you only want to see 3rd party kernel extensions that aren’t from Apple you can use inverse grep:
kextstat | grep -v com.apple