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Spurious addresses keep showing up in Address Book

779 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2009 4:27 PM by Jane Evans RSS
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Feb 24, 2009 6:43 PM
Every so often I look at my Address Book and find that there are many many spurious addresses in there. I have not added them, but somehow they got in. How do I keep this from happening?
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  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,055 points)
    Hello Jane:

    By spurious (great word!) do you mean gibberish or are they legitimate entries of some sort?

    Barry
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
    Are these actually appearing as Address Book contact cards, or are they just in Recent Recipients?

    AK
    Macbook Pro 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2GB RAM; 250GB HD
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Feb 25, 2009 11:07 AM (in response to Jane Evans)
    Look in the bottom right corner of the spurious cards and post the updated date. They look like spam addresses. Are you doing any synchronising? Are you running any plug-ins or widgets or other 3rd-party applications that make use of Mail or Address Book?

    AK
    Macbook Pro 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2GB RAM; 250GB HD
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
    Barry

    There was a thread on this a year ago. It was marked solved, though no solution was posted.

    AK
    Macbook Pro 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2GB RAM; 250GB HD
  • Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
    Do you have any Synchronising contacts apps installed or has the option been inadvertently selected in Address book Prefs > general.
    S.
    MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), June '08. Firewire 400 + 800
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,055 points)
    Hi Jane:

    Did you take a look at the link that Austin posted to see if it gives any clues? I have not had anything like that happen - nor have I read anything like it (until your post).

    Barry
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
    Do a daily check on the number of contacts, to try to get an idea of the frequency of the spuriousity (I don't think that word exists). Then turn off the syncing for a couple of days to see if it stops.

    AK
    Macbook Pro 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2GB RAM; 250GB HD

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