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HT2529 This morning Voice Over started running on my computer, but when I go to SYSTEM PREFERENCES/INTERNATIONAL ACCESS the Voice Over option is off, so I turned it on and then off, but it's still on.  What else can I do to make it stop?

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This morning Voice Over started running on my computer when I turned it on.  I did not turn Voice Over.  Could I have hit a combination of keys on the keyboard that accidentally turned it on?  When I went to System Preferences and chose Internation Access it showed that Voice Over was not even on.  I turned it on and turned it off to reset it, and it is still running.  How is this possible, and how to I get rid of it?



Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • twtwtw Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    You went to System Preferences -> Universal Access and opened the Seeing tab, and it said VoiceOver is off? You can accidentally turn it on with Cmd-F5 if that setting is enabled in Keyboard Shortcuts.  If it says it's off but it's still making noise, click the VoiceOver Utility button and see anything looks odd: maybe it's set to be controlled by applescript?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,580 points)

    I had a hacker who hacked in and put a program on my computer that kept a record of every site I visited, etc.


    In that case, you should have, and still should, erase your boot volume, reinstall the Mac OS and third-party software from known-good copies (not backups), and then restore your user data. You can't be sure of removing unknown software in any other way.

  • twtwtw Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    I think you have a very vivid imagination. 


    Has anyone else been using your computer: e.g. children, spouse, parents, former owners, etc? The most likely explanation is that someone has accidentally (or as a joke) created a VoiceOver portable preferences file and somehow hooked it up so it starts when you turn on your machine.  I don't know how that would be done, mind you - do you have an external drive attached?  If there's a portable preferences file on an attached external drive the computer will see it and automatically start.


    Link is correct that if your machine was hacked you should reinstall the system (and change your passwords so they can't hack you again).  but I don't think what's happening is hacker-related.


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