11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2015 7:56 AM by EZ Jim
Aquabolt Level 1 (0 points)
Hi there. I recently downloaded Little Snitch to gauge my current outgoing network traffic. When I booted up my Macbook Pro, the program told me that "imagent" was attempting to connect to a news page that I had left open on my browser. I believe this has to do with facetime, yet i wasnt using it. Could you help me in deciphering the meaning of this? Thank y'all for your help

iOS 4
  • Aquabolt Level 1 (0 points)
    Also if i go to activity monitor i can see imagent running there too. hope this helps clarify my problem
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Aquabolt wrote:
    Hi there. I recently downloaded Little Snitch to gauge my current outgoing network traffic. When I booted up my Macbook Pro, the program told me that "imagent" was attempting to connect to a news page that I had left open on my browser. I believe this has to do with facetime, yet i wasnt using it. Could you help me in deciphering the meaning of this? Thank y'all for your help


    As you probably know, you can get FaceTime invitations even if you have quit FaceTime. That feature is provided by "imagent".

    Unless you have configured the FaceTime > Preferences... > FaceTime setting to "OFF", you are still using "imagent" (and a couple of other support processes) even if you have "Quit" Facetime.

    Once you set the preference to "OFF", imagent will go away, but you will not be able to receive any incoming FaceTime invitations until it is turned ON again.

    EZ Jim


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  • Aquabolt Level 1 (0 points)
    Thankyou, that helped me to remove it from my active processes. But can you explain why Little Snitch would notify me of it attempting to connect to a webpage that I had open? It basically asked for my permission to connect to "www.<websitenamehere>.com" and I am not sure why
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Aquabolt wrote:
    Thankyou, that helped me to remove it from my active processes.


    You're most welcome.



    But can you explain why Little Snitch would notify me of it attempting to connect to a webpage that I had open? It basically asked for my permission to connect to "www.<websitenamehere>.com" and I am not sure why


    *I know nothing about "Little Snitch"*. My guess is that some cookie that the site sets is directing some exchange of information, but If you don't get the answer here, I suggest you check your Little Snitch documentation or contact Little Snitch Support. They should best be able to tell you how their product works with _your system_.

    We will watch for your status update.

    EZ Jim


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  • Aquabolt Level 1 (0 points)
    Thankyou for your response.

    Well, Little Snitch is basically just a program that detects outgoing traffic as I'm told. So it would seem its as simple as imagent trying to connect elsewhere, which is why I got the message. The problem lies in why it would try to connect to a random website?

    Anyway, I appreciate your help. If no one can help further with this issue I will ask elsewhere. Thanks again.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Aquabolt wrote:
    Thankyou for your response.

    Well, Little Snitch is basically just a program that detects outgoing traffic as I'm told. So it would seem its as simple as imagent trying to connect elsewhere, which is why I got the message. The problem lies in why it would try to connect to a random website?

    Anyway, I appreciate your help. If no one can help further with this issue I will ask elsewhere. Thanks again.


    You're welcome.

    You have a good plan.

    We will watch for your status update.

    Cheers,
    Jim


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  • Patro Level 1 (5 points)

    Long time since this post but It's a interesting answer.

    The firewall option show me only two items:

    Dropbox and imagent

     

     

    My question is Can we trust the Firewall to protect us from applications to install themselves and allow themselves to intrude the computer even if the firewall ban them.

    Exemple is Dropbox. I agree to install Dropbox without knowing that it will bypass the firewall without telling me.

     

    Thanks

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)

    Patro wrote:... Can we trust ...

     

    The answer to all your Mac's "trust" questions related to external-influences are in The Safe Mac

     

     

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    Mac OSX 10.10.2

  • Patro Level 1 (5 points)

    Very interesting, thanks

  • lemonac Level 1 (0 points)

    We can begin a new issue about all the agents in a mac. Seems there are quite a few.

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)

    FYI -- The Safe Mac has moved to http://www.reedcorner.net/mmg/

               and the continuously updated blog version at https://blog.malwarebytes.org/