11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2009 8:55 AM by Matt Hardy
William Donelson Level 4 (2,495 points)
I hate Top Sites. It seems like a way to annoy users and tie up their computers and bandwidth.

I want to rip it out and disable it permanently, with no trace left behind

I have tried clearing and locking TopSites.plist - to no avail.

HELP ME PLEASE!

G4 dual 1.25GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), ( London, UK )
  • RCA2 Level 1 (15 points)
    Please explain what you mean when you say it ties up your computer and bandwidth. I've had Top Sites for less than a week and it has definitely sped up my browsing to frequently visited sites. If you have few favorites that you visit repetitively, I can appreciate your disinterest. But is it reducing your computing experience by tying up bandwidth?
  • William Donelson Level 4 (2,495 points)
    It goes to sites to get crap when I DO NOT want it to.

    For example, playing music radio ends up garbling the music.

    And I dont want Safari visiting sites BY ITSELF.

    I have a perfectly good History menu for that.

    I do not care about the previews. JUST PLEASE GOD MAKE IT STOP.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,775 points)
    Top Site does none of the things you accuse it of in your endless, factually incorrect and technically ignorant rants in many threads in the Safari forum.

    Please stop spreading this garbage.

    Those who for some reason do not want to continue using the fastest, safest version of Safari (4.0.2) and want to revert back to an older version, rather than find out how to correct their faulty system, can do so by performing an archive and install:

    How to Archive & Install:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107120
  • RCA2 Level 1 (15 points)
    You seem to have a more energetic and autonomous Top Sites feature than I do. Mine is only a cache of the page as I last left it. I haven't seen evidence of any surreptitious updating. Sorry but I don't know of any Run-Amok feature to disable, but I'll be watching mine more closely to see if it gets restless. I may just resurrect that on-line radio feature and listen to a little Fordham U. to see what happens.
  • William Donelson Level 4 (2,495 points)
    I use menu meters, and see Top Sites demanding all of my bandwidth over and over.
  • William Donelson Level 4 (2,495 points)
    Klaus1 wrote:
    Those who for some reason do not want to continue using the fastest, safest version of Safari (4.0.2) and want to revert back to an older version, rather than find out how to correct their faulty system, can do so by performing an archive and install:

    How to Archive & Install:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107120


    WHAT!???

    Re-install my Whole Old System, booting from DVD-ROMs ?

    You must be kidding!

    Just because you like Safari 4.0.2 doesnt mean you have to force it on us.
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 (21,405 points)
    I answered your question regarding reinstalling Safari 3 here. Note to others following this thread - this fix applies only to Tiger systems.
  • RobbieGuar Level 1 (0 points)
    Dear people, I believe the easiest way to disable Top Sites permanently is:

    Safari
    Preferences
    Bookmarks
    Uncheck “Include Top Sites“
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 (21,405 points)
    I believe the easiest way to disable Top Sites permanently


    You're mistaken. There is a difference between your version of disabling Top Sites, which essentially removes the icon from the Bookmarks Bar, and actually disabling it. The latter stops the file creation process.

    If you don't believe me, go to the Finder: Your User Account>Library>Caches>com.apple.safari>Webpage Previews Folder. Have a look inside.
  • releehw Level 1 (0 points)
    In fact, I'm having a similar problem after the upgrade to 4.02. After a grace period of a couple of minutes post-launch, during which Safari is quiet, it begins to rhythmically and continuously write to my hard disk while consuming about 44% CPU. This never stops.

    Neither of the command lines suggested to disable this feature works for me:

    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeTopSites -bool FALSE

    I want to remove the feature. Should one of the methods above work? If not, is there another method?

    Thanks,

    David Wheeler
  • Matt Hardy Level 1 (135 points)
    Can't agree more with you - needs a preference option.

    Which is: preferences > general > 'select open new window with blank page'.

    at last... hopefully stops the thing from eating cpu and stalling or pausing all the time after a day of surfing...

    Message was edited by: Matt Hardy