6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 5:53 PM by angrydemocrat
JayeS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello Apple Support Communities,

 

A file called "debug.plist" keeps magically appearing on my desktop.

 

I'm wondering where its coming from, why its there, and how do I prevent it from re-appearing.

 

I delete the file and it keeps re-appearing. I'm more worried about the fact that it might be a trojan/virus?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.


MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)

    It's not malware. There's no currently known malware that behaves that way. See my Mac Malware Guide.

     

    As to what it is, I don't know, but I would suspect that some third-party software you're using is repeatedly re-creating that file in that location. Viewing its contents with TextEdit may give you some clues, and if not, try to keep careful track of what you're doing when it shows up.

  • 2. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    JayeS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well that's reassuring. Thanks for the help!

  • 3. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    Literroy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too am having this same problem - it looks like this:

     

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

    <plist version="1.0">

    <array>

              <dict>

                        <key>count</key>

                        <integer>2</integer>

                        <key>headers</key>

                        <array>

                                  <dict>

                                            <key>finalOffset</key>

                                            <integer>13772</integer>

                                            <key>height</key>

                                            <integer>15</integer>

                                            <key>length</key>

                                            <integer>900</integer>

                                            <key>offset</key>

                                            <integer>0</integer>

                                            <key>width</key>

                                            <integer>15</integer>

                                  </dict>

                                  <dict>

                                            <key>finalOffset</key>

                                            <integer>14672</integer>

                                            <key>height</key>

                                            <integer>30</integer>

                                            <key>length</key>

                                            <integer>3600</integer>

                                            <key>offset</key>

                                            <integer>900</integer>

                                            <key>width</key>

                                            <integer>30</integer>

                                  </dict>

                        </array>

                        <key>type</key>

                        <integer>1</integer>

              </dict>

     

    And then it keeps going on in similar ways to that for a long time. Anyone have any idea what this is or why it keeps showing up?

  • 4. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    JayeS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Have you recently downloaded or used ExamSoft?

  • 5. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    Mfoster Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    JayeS !!

     

    YES !  I am using EXAMSOFT and I am gettingt this debug.plist too !

     

    What is the deal?  (and a fix??)

     

    Thanks

  • 6. Re: debug.plist file keeps appearing
    angrydemocrat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too, have just had to install examsoft to the take the Bar Exam, and that's when I started getting the message.  First, we had to take a mock exam, where it "turns off all other running prorgrams on your system."  Ever since then, and now after having taken the actual exam, I've not only been getting the same debug.plist message every time I boot up, but it keeps changing my desktop picture back to what it was when I did my first mock exam.  The mock exam is supposed to "test your system's compatibility with examsoft."  Now they say I can't uninstall this program until the scores are posted in 5 weeks.  Someone from Apple needs to make them fix their #@$!