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Long List of Ways Mac OS X Starts Code Running

John Gordon:

Without an uninstaller we end up doing a hunting expedition when weird things happen. Code that starts automatically is particularly hard to track down. I wrote this post as a reference for me, drawing from a few Super User and other posts[…]

Keir Thomas:

Moving beyond Gordon’s analysis, two free apps can help begin to sort out the mess and discover what apps are attempting to run in the background of your Mac:

  • KnockKnock: Malware installs itself persistently, to ensure it is automatically executed each time a computer is restarted. KnockKnock uncovers persistently installed software in order to generically reveal such malware.
  • Etrecheck: EtreCheck is a free tool that explains what is going on inside your Macintosh. It consolidates information from over 50 different diagnostics tasks and displays it all on one concise report.

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