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Rodko Level 1 (0 points)

I am going crazy with ksfetch ( nobody ) its only been going a few days .... could someone please explain what this is  ?. KSoutof processor fetcher .It wont be silenced by my snitch firewall ...its tantamount to spam  I deny it access but it keeps coming back... Im getting it about 10 times a day ... Ive searched it ..cant find out  much other than its Google  and might have something to do with chrome ..I dont have chrome.... I de be grateful if anyone could tell me what it is ..and how I turn it off   . many thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Macbook Pro , & 2 OTHER MACS
  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    You must have installed some sort of Google software, because it installed a background updater that changes ports.


    Even if uninstalled all Google software, this background process continues.


    You can choose to uninstall all Google software and the background updater here




    Or you can set that ksfetch process to allow no outbound connection forever in Little Snitch.


    However it might be if any Google software your using detects the Google background updater isn't working may go and reinstall it, I don't know how if this will affect LittleSntich or not and if it will continue blocking it or Google will fill up your boot drive with copies of Google background updater.



    Google is a purely evil company, they use Mac's there and know Mac users like to use LittleSnitch, so they screw around and cause people problems.


    Google doesn't even provide a uninstaller for their Software updater, this is basically malware.


  • Mitch Leung Level 1 (75 points)

    Thanks ds store for pointing out the solution!

    Only found that in my own ~/Library but not at /Library



  • redoo-pl Level 1 (5 points)

    ----to ds store---



    Yes you are right.

    Thanks to you I've solved my google problem. 1000 times per day I had to kill this peace os sh*t ksfetch ( nobody ).


    Each time there was a new IP so Little Snitch could not set a deny rule for this ksfetch,


    The thing was that I've uninstalled Chrome via AppZapp but this app did not delete/uninstall everything.


    So from me You'll get 10 points.

  • Lo2 Level 1 (0 points)



    The problem come  from the folder "Library" > "Google" > "GoogleSoftwareUpdate"

    My solution, is to set all the permitions of this folder to "no acces" (chmod 000).


    You can do that selecting "GoogleSoftwareUpdate" and type Cmd i.

    Then edit the permitions and set all them to "no acces"


    You can also do that using a ftp software.

    The path is: /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate  or  file://localhost/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/

    Then you have to set the permitions to chmod 000




    So there is no more  "ksfetch ( nobody )" with little snitch



  • Rodko Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for that  Lo2 and to  Ds Store ..just located the folder and have done that .. fingers crossed it dont bug me while were recording a vocal on Logic ....many thanks for your help ..cheers   Rodko

  • Rodko Level 1 (0 points)

    Errr   by the way which library was that  ? the top level or the one with the house logo ?  I did both ..lets see  cheers

  • Lo2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is the root library, no the user library


    I have no more problems, but i haven't check my user library





  • Rodko Level 1 (0 points)

    ok ..arigato   cheers Rodko

  • ssk01 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem and don't understand the solution. Lo2 where do I type Cmd i? I'm not good with my mac.... sorry. Could you explain it so a beginner could understand? Thank you.

  • Lenon2211 Level 1 (0 points)



    first go to your home folder, then to the library folder.  Inside the library folder you will find a folder called Google.  Inside the google folder there is a folder named GoogleSoftwareUpdate.  Highlight this folder and click cmd  i.  The window that pops up is what you need.  At the bottom of this window, you will find sharing and permissions. This is where you would change the settings for the folder. 


    Hope that helps!

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    That is cmd plus the i key. (⌘+i) simultaneously.


    The same dialogue box can be accessed by right-clicking on the folder and selecting 'get info'.


    Incidentally, if you trash the contents of the folder and then lock the folder (checkbox at the top of the info window) that will also prevent anything being written to it.

  • tiktik36 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can get rid of Google's update frequency by using the terminal command - 




    But google seems to have messed up the actual command...drop the $ from their command line and it should work. 

  • tienshyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the helpful breakdown!


    I too am not that computer savy... I got to the "sharing and permissions" sub-tab you described, it gives me 3 names and priviledges: me, staff (I'm not sure whom this refers to), and everyone.  I can only set no access to the "everyone" part - is this it?


    Thanks again!

  • catwink Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, this solution was best for me!!

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