Im not sure if this is the right place for this kind of question, but here it goes anyways...

I installed a program a few months ago, it had a startup option that I did install. Later, I decided to remove the program, but it seems to have left the startup script or item even after I uninstalled it.... and its trying to start every few seconds.

How can I remove this item?

Here is it from the console

$ com.apple.launchd[1] (com.jft.PdaNetMac[24476]): Exited with exit code: 1
$ com.apple.launchd[1] (com.jft.PdaNetMac): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 second

Oh dear, that one turns out to be evil.

$ sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.jft.PdaNetMac.plist
$ sudo rm /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.jft.PdaNetMac.plist

The evil part is they have no business putting it in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons, which is reserved for services provided with OSX; it should have been in /Library/LaunchDaemons.

  • Thanks for the quick response! but the first command is unsuccessful... <pre><code> petros$ sudo launchctl unload -w com.jft.PdaNetMac launchctl: Couldn't stat("com.jft.PdaNetMac"): No such file or directory nothing found to unload </code></pre> – Peter Mar 5 '11 at 6:59
  • Also... what does you mean by evil? Is it doing something bad? – Peter Mar 5 '11 at 7:01
  • Sorry, I switched gears somewhere in there; you have to use the same path that is then rmed. And the "evil" is that third party applications are not supposed to touch anything under /System/Library directly, because it belongs specifically to the OSX installation and a system update may modify or remove anything put there by someone else without warning. – geekosaur Mar 5 '11 at 7:08
  • Thanks for the explanation of their evilness... ;) I cant find the files in finder though. What else can I do to find these? – Peter Mar 6 '11 at 1:17
  • Interesting. That's all I found from my local PDANet installation. You cound run "sudo find /System/Library /Library -name com.jft.*" in a Terminal window to see if it's somewhere else on yours. – geekosaur Mar 7 '11 at 2:18

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