Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:39 AM (in response to John_Neumann)
You might look in ~/Library/Preferences and see if there is a plist file you can trash. (Note the tilde, paste that path into the Finder>Go>Go to Folder... dialog.)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:48 AM (in response to CT)
Nope. The idea behind SelfControl is that it's hard to crack so you don't have easy access to the web. Supposedly you can even delete the app and it still works until the timer runs out. In my case, the timer ran out, gave me access to the web again, but I can't get the app to work anymore. It's stuck at zero.
If found this "solution" on google, but either it doesn't work or I don't know how to use the terminal. I noodled around in the terminal for the first time, but I wan't able to make anything meaningful happen.
The manual fix:
Judging from the code itself it seems that it's just the
/etc/hostsfile that is being edited to block sites from being accessed. If that's the case, open up a Terminal, enter:
sudo cp /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.fail sudo cp /etc/hosts.bak /etc/hosts
This should restore the backup that SelfControl created for you.
If that doesn't work, you can also try to manually edit the hosts file and remove all blocked sites:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
The blocked sites will start after the line with
# BEGIN SELFCONTROL BLOCK
and go until
# END SELFCONTROL BLOCK
So, just remove all these. Press
Enterto overwrite the file. Note that your hosts file should always include the following at the top:
## # Host Database # # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry. ## 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to John_Neumann)
Found my own solution.
Used a program called AppCleaner 2.1 to uninstall. It did the job.
I reinstalled the program and it's working fine.
ps. By the way, CT ... when AppCleaner was running, it listed a few plists - like you mentioned - that I was unable to locate using finder or looking through folders. I don't know how SelfControl works to hide its stuff, but it works.
Well, almost. I was still able to uninstall it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 9:10 AM (in response to John_Neumann)
Dang. I spoke too soon.
I did get past the "zero" timer problem ... and the app did open "fresh" ... but it's not working.
I fear I might have done some damage in the terminal with that above code? I didn't know what I was doing and entered some of that stuff, but perhaps incorrectly.
Anyway to get a completely clean uninstall / reinstall?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to John_Neumann)
Yep, it worked. I ran AppCleaner twice and the second time did it. Uninstalled SelfControl and allowed for a fresh reinstall.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2013 3:30 PM (in response to John_Neumann)
I have the same problem you described -- Selfcontrol timer stuck on 0
I AppCleaner/new download several times, but that didn't work.
I haven't been able to find other posts talking about this problem.
Any help would be appreciated!