11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2012 9:16 PM by David_Purnell
Mickey Faigen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Folks,

I use Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and somehow got Growl into the system, asking me to update.  Question: do I have to live with this?  If not, how to uninstall?  If yes, do I just hit upgrade?  What is it anyway.  Thanks.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,400 points)

    Use the uninstaller here.   http://growl.info/documentation/growl-package-removal.php

     

    Growl is a notification software you don't need.

  • Mimu Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

    Growl is a little application that notifies you of new events on your computer, new email, new skype message, etc. (I think skype is auto-installing growl too now!) Find out more info here: Growl

     

    It will not harm your machine to have it or not have it - it's just an add-on to enhance functionality

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    The easiest way to remove Growl is to go your your System Preferences under the Apple Menu and right-click or Control-click on the Growl icon and select the Remove command from the pop-up menu.

     

    Growl gets installed with some third party software. I find it annoying myself and remove it as well whenever it gets installed.

  • Mickey Faigen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks all, especially Gino for easiest solution.  In sys prefs under Other.  Just disabled.

  • David_Purnell Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    This is not info on how to remove Growl, but rather, info about what Growl is and what it does.

     

    https://www.dropbox.com/help/48

    What is Growl? How does Dropbox use it?

    From Growl's website: "Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: It allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications." In other words, Growl lets Dropbox notify you of any Dropbox activity right on your desktop. If Dropbox detects Growl is installed on your Mac, it will use it to display all Dropbox notifications.

    Growl notifications appear at the top right corner of the screen. A Growl notification will appear whenever new changes are made to the contents of your Dropbox, such as a newly added file or a change to a shared folder.

    Note from David:
    Therefore, "growlhelperapp" is a support file of Growl, which is placed on your system if you use Dropbox — that is, if you have enabled the Dropbox App.

     

    Growl appeared on my system yesterday, after I subscribed to Dropbox and enabled the Dropbox app. Whem the Dropbox App is enabled, it adds GrowlHelperApp — among other places — in the Login Items in your Accounts. Accounts is found in your System Preferences.

     

    Also, since Growl serves as a notification tool, it might be placed on your system by means other than Dropbox. That is, it might be placed on your system by any number of applications that use Growl for notification purposes. By "notification" I mean, for example, that Growl is the way in which Dropbox notifies me that someone has added something new to one of my Dropbox folders.

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    David Purnell, please stop spamming the community forums with your Growl information. You have been reported to Apple.

  • David_Purnell Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    @Gino Cerullo.

    Hmm . . . that's an interesting take on my posts. You call it "spam." My comment (about the Growl app and GrowlHelperApp), although added to five different discussion threads, is relevant to each discussion in which I posted it.
    I thought the information I added might be helpful to some people.
    Apparently, not so to you. I'm sorry you see it as spam.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (6,740 points)

    David_Purnell wrote:

     

    @Gino Cerullo.

    Hmm . . . that's an interesting take on my posts. You call it "spam." My comment (about the Growl app and GrowlHelperApp), although added to five different discussion threads, is relevant to each discussion in which I posted it.
    I thought the information I added might be helpful to some people.
    Apparently, not so to you. I'm sorry you see it as spam.

    If you feel you must be so 'helpful', then just post a one line link instead of a novella.

     

    Pete

  • David_Purnell Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    OK petermac87 . . . I will take your suggestion into consideration. Thank you.

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    @David_Purnell

     

    David, the OP asked how to remove Growl and his question was answered not only by myself but by someone else who provided a link to the Growl web site where he could find additional info about how to remove the software. Someone else also already provided a simple link to the Growl web site where people could get more information about the software.

     

    Your post stated, and I quote, "This is not info on how to remove Growl, but rather, info about what Growl is and what it does." Clearly not the subject of the thread and answered by the previously posted link. You also went off to describe Growl's relationship to Dropbox, also not the subject of this thread and completely off-topic. After taking a look at your profile I noticed that in the span of about one hour you posted the same message in 8 other threads none of which asked what Growl was in relation to Dropbox and only a few even directly asked what Growl was in general most just wanted to know how to remove it. By my definition that is spamming the community.

     

    I have nothing against you helping people with questions about Growl but your posts did not do that. They repeated the same message in all cases and they had nothing to do with the subject of the threads they were posted in.

  • David_Purnell Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    @Gino Cerullo and everyone else who was irked by my comments about Growl and GrowHelperApp:

     

    From the bottom of my heart . . . I apologize.

     

    I am not a frequent visitor to Apple Discussions, and so, there were things I didn't understand about decorum.
    Your comments about my posts led me to Google, "What constitutes spamming" (on discussion forums) — where I learned what I was previously unaware of.

     

    I now understand the error of my ways.
    I have learned what is appropriate and what is not appropriate.
    I have learned the proper etiquette and protocol.

     

    Thank you to everyone who helped me to understand what I did wrong.

     

    I feel pretty sure that I'll not make the same mistakes again.

     

    Best wishes to all,
    David Purnell

     

    PS - I apologize if my is apology is over-worded and off-topic regarding the OP.