13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2012 8:03 PM by Philscbx
Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

I'll take you on a tour of how today went, and maybe there's something related.



Seems to have started with Panic Attack total freeze then forced to restart.

I grabbed shot with camera of the black box that appears, 'You need to restart your computer'

I was at Toucharcade reviewing iPad game with several Youtube reviews, then poof, instant lock.

I wouldn't put it past the site inflicting the cause.



Restart, then performed Disc Utility permission repair & restart again.


Went to Safari Preferences, and made Privacy settings to basically kill all.


Went to log into here, Apple Support, Impossible to get here in Safari. Now Firefox.

Go to reset privacy settings, Privacy Tab is blank. Weird.


Explored settings in System Preferences, and noticed Firewall was disabled. Not sure why.

Would of been nice to know this warning on restart any time.

I don't recall actions this weird in 5 years. A major pain,   can no longer access main sites used.



Searched for the issue, found same problem.

If this is something I have to do that follows, or something else, I'll give it a go.

The person below opted to reload system from disc, so we don't know what might have been found.






Linc Davis

Helpful AnswerRe: safari preferences

Jul 26, 2011 8:56 AM (in response to skalarocks)

Do not reset Safari.


Your problem is caused by a third-party system modification.

Reboot as usual (not in safe mode) if you haven't already done so.


Launch the Terminal application,

copy or drag --

do not type -- the line of text below into the window, and press return:


kextstat -kl | awk ' !/apple/ { print $6 } '


Post the lines of output (if any) that appear below what you just entered (the text, please, not a screenshot.)


Next, do the same thing with this line:

sudo launchctl list | sed 1d | awk ' !/0x|apple|com\.vix|edu\.|org\./ { print $3 } '


That's one line, not two. You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up. You don't need to post the warning.


Next, this command:

launchctl list | sed 1d | awk ' !/0x|apple|edu\.|org\./ { print $3 } '


Again, one line. Finally, one more:

ls -1 /Library/{InputManagers,StartupItems}


Remember, this is all drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste, whichever you prefer -- no typing, except your password.

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  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,265 points)

    Uninstall SIMBL by deleting these items:


    /Library/Application Support/SIMBL




    Log out and log back in.


    Make sure you never reinstall SIMBL, as it’s one of the worst articles of crapware on the Mac platform. It’s likely to come bundled with some other modfication that depends on it. If you want trouble-free computing, avoid software that makes miraculous changes to other software, especially built-in applications. The only real exception to that rule is Safari extensions, which are mostly safe, and are easy to get rid of when they don’t work. SIMBL and its dependents are not Safari extensions.

  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    Hey, It's Linc.

    Thanks much for the reply.


    Not sure what SIMBL is, and will google. Im pretty fussy what happens on here.

    I'll admit, I put Ad Block on the browser, thinking it was Apple's own.

    But nothing else.


    I'll report back, might be tomorrow.


  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    I just reviewed all library items, there are no items labeled SIMBL.


    Now Im curious why you thought there was...

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)

    Go to reset privacy settings, Privacy Tab is blank. Weird.


    Try troubleshooting the Safari preference file  (.plist)


    Quit Safari.


    Go to ~/Library/Preferences


    Move the com.apple.Safari.plist file from the Preferences folder to the Desktop.


    Relaunch Safari. Try Safari > Preferences - Privacy


    If that helped, move the .plist file to the Trash, If not, just move it back to the Preferences folder. If not, move it back to the Preferences folder.


    If that didn't help, quit Safari.


    Go to ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db


    Move the Cache.db file from the com.apple.Safari folder to the Trash. Relaunch Safari.




    ~ (Tilde) character represents the Home folder.



    edited by:  cs

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,265 points)

    Launch the Terminal application by entering the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Drag or copy -- do not type -- the following line into the window, then press return:


    ls -d /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax


    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered -- the text, please, not a screenshot.

  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    Hi Carolyn, Thanks Much,

    but both steps failed to get Privacy to show any content.

    I was hoping.


  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    Linc Davis wrote:

    Drag or copy -- do not type -- the following line into the window, then press return:


    ls -d /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax


    Post any lines of output that appear


    Sorry Linc, only my name MacBook Pro, followed by my full name$


    What should I do with terminal window with what was entered, Just close it?


  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,265 points)

    That's not possible. The command had to produce some output if you entered it right. Please try again, and post a screenshot of the Terminal window showing what you did.

  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    Screen shot 2012-02-13 at 9.23.44 PM.jpg

    The comand line was dragged in



  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,265 points)

    You got the output I expected, and the SIMBL files are where I said they were. You were looking in the wrong Library folder. They're in the Library folder at the top level of your startup volume, not the one in your home folder.

  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)




    The Privacy Pane is Back! 


    Every part of what you said was there.

    these files were placed back in Aug 2011. And not the slightest clue where they came from.


    /Library/Application Support/SIMBL




    I didn't realize I was in the wrong Library


    Now back to the Terminal Window,,, it's safe to just close it.

    Wow,  that's some magic!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,265 points)

    Quit the Terminal application.

  • Philscbx Level 1 (145 points)

    This was like fixing stripped threads down inside the engine, and they broke the tap off in the hole.

    Man, that's amazing.


    Thanks Again


    There's gotta be a way to get this guy a Happy Hour.