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I can't find a file. Invisible? Malware?

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Nov 16, 2012 1:02 PM

I was repairing permissions and Disk Utility 'hung up'. There is a file on the left side I have never seen before:    decryptedFile.dmg


Greyed out below is: Flash Player.


The path shown for the 'decryptedFile.dmg' was:

           Disk Image Path :          /Jack's iMac/private/var/folders/6o/6oT1a+CTFC8o8-dk5sdwSE+++TI/-Tmp-/decryptedFile.dmg


Does anyone know what this is and if it's necessary? I would like to delete it if not needed. I cannot find it when I follow the path so I can't delete it 'normally'. Please help!


TIA, Jack

G5 iMac 2.0ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 3 megs RAM
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,190 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 1:11 PM (in response to Jack E. Tilley)

    It's almost certainly a holdover from an Adobe Flash update. Normally the Adobe installer removes it shortly after installation, but even if it does, the cache doesn't always clear and so it persists for a while in Disk Utility. If the disk image itself is no longer there, you can just drag (or Command-drag) the icon out of the Disk Utility sidebar - it may remove itself if you restart your system - and you should be fine.



  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 1:31 PM (in response to Jack E. Tilley)

    In addition to what vpaw just said, if you enter  /var/tmp (or just look around in /var for it) in Go>Go to Folder in the Finder Menubar, you might find it's still there. As vpaw said, it's the harmless residue of the Flash Player update.


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