Try reinstalling 10.8.4 using the combo updater. This has fixed problems for some.
Since it works in the Safe Mode, if you are running any third party applications, like anti-virus programs, try disabling them. They aren't loaded in the Safe Mode. If you delete a 3rd party application use the developers uninstall instructions.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to Eric Root)
Thank you. It was right in front of me. I'm embarrased to say that I never checked the anti-virus. Although as far as I know the only thing that's changed has been the definitions. I use avast! Free. I turned everything off and Dropbox started working. By elimination, and probably no surprise, the culprit was the Web Shield, specifically the Scan secured connections option in Advanced. If I uncheck that, everything works. I check it again, and everything stops.
The software is up to date but I'll check the avast! site. I'm about to reinstall using the combo updater to see if that resolves the problem completely.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to Eric Root)
Thanks for this. My main reason for using an anti-virus scanner on the Mac is not wanting to pass on Windows viruses or anything else. I'm not overly concerned about viruses or malware on the Mac. I do keep up to date with what's going on. I was using ClamXav a few years ago and found it was slow. I switched to Sophos and then to avast!. From what I've read, no one seems to be complaining about ClamXav any more so I'll give that a try.
I was using ClamXav a few years ago and found it was slow. ...From what I've read, no one seems to be complaining about ClamXav any more so I'll give that a try.
There haven't been any major changes to speed it up recently, so if you find that it's still slow for you please visit the ClamXav Forum and we can probably give you some tips to optimize it's use with your setup.
I've got it scanning mail and a couple of folders and it seems fine.
Some advise on scanning mail, in case you haven't seen it before:
Never use ClamXav (or any other A-V software) to move (quarantine) or delete e-mail. It will corrupt the mailbox index which could cause loss of other e-mail and other issues with functions such as searching. It may also leave the original e-mail on your ISP's e-mail server and will be re-downloaded to your hard drive the next time you check for new mail.
So, if you choose to "Scan e-mail content for malware and phishing" in the General Preferences, make sure you do not elect to either Quarantine or Delete infected files.
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), i7
- When possibly infected e-mail files are found:
- Highlight the entry in the ClamXav window's top pane that needs to be dealt with.
- Right-click/Control-click on the entry.
- Select "Reveal In Finder" from the pop-up menu.
- When the window opens, double-click on the file to open the message in your e-mail client application.
- Read the message and if you agree that it is junk/spam/phishing then use the e-mail client's delete button to delete it (reading it is especially important when the word "Heuristics" appears in the infection name).
- If you disagree and choose to retain the message, return to ClamXav and choose "Exclude From Future Scans" from the pop-up menu.
- If this is a g-mail account and those messages continue to show up after you have deleted them in the above manner, you may need to log in to webmail using your browser, go to the "All Mail" folder, find the message(s) and use the delete button there to permanently delete them from the server. Then check the "Trash" folder and delete them there.