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ksfetch ( nobody ) how do I get rid of it

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  • SupportM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 1:37 AM (in response to RandypTulsa)

    Maybe it was the order I did it in:

    1. Change "Everyone" Priviledge to "No Access" by highlighting it and using the tool dropdown
    2. Unlock lower right lock icon
    3. Lock folder in "Preview" by just clicking on it
    4. Lock the lower right icon last

    I think that's right, or maybe 1 and 2 are reversed. Hope that helps!

  • luddite2008 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to RandypTulsa)

    Hi RandypTulsa,


    I was just following this thread and thought the same thing. If you go to the general section in the Get info window there are two checkboxes at the bottom. Tick the 'locked' one and the lock icon appears by the Folder. Don't know if this makes any difference to the solution but doesn't seem to hurt.





  • darknight00z Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to Rodko)

    I can seem to find the google folder in either of the libraries, does this have anything to do with being in 10.8 mountain lion?

  • Mitchell Tren-ton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 7:05 AM (in response to darknight00z)



    I had no that idea that had been published. Possibly. I was in Lion, and I could only find the google folder in one of the libraries, never the other one. Of course, you have to have or have had google software installed for it to be there.

  • darknight00z Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:23 PM (in response to Mitchell Tren-ton)

    I enjoy using chrome, i just want to get rid of it, lol

  • Mitchell Tren-ton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 19, 2012 7:26 AM (in response to darknight00z)

    Well I was confronted to more or less the same problem as you. I finally was able to get rid of it through the following procedure:


    open terminal




    defaults write checkInterval 0




    close terminal


    Hope this helps.

  • brandonalm Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2012 12:05 PM (in response to Rodko)

    Thanks everyone for this thread - I followed the instructions and it seems to have gotten rid of the problem.  One question though - after disabling the ksfetch (or rather eliminating the privelleges in the library folder) does this mean I will no longer be able to auto update the chrome brower?  How do I know if chrome is still updating itself regularly and the extenstions I have added to it?

  • JoergSi Calculating status...
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    Aug 30, 2012 9:43 PM (in response to Rodko)

    I have made an escalation to the makers of Hands Off, and this is how I have solved this:


    1. go to the Firewall rules
    2. delete all the not working ksfetch rules and leave one
    3. edit the last rule in this way, replace ksfetch with *ksfetch*
    4. set server to any server


    this will solve this issue!Screen Shot ksfetch.png

  • Guy Burns Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to Rodko)

    Which Google program should I not install so as not to have this ksfetch problem? Just Chome or Google Earth as well?

  • fongaboo Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to JoergSi)

    Yeah the trick that Google is using is that their software is making a copy of the ksfetch process inside a tmp folder each time it executes. Little Snitch sees that as a unique process assigned a unique rule every time it runs.


    The Hands Off solution using the *asterisks* solves it because it applies the rule to any instance of ksfetch regardless of location. I wonder if Little Snitch supports it too?


    I tried the chmod 000 solution for now.

  • iHatePC Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2012 11:13 PM (in response to Rodko)

    I used the terminal method to restrict the update requests to once every 30 days. After a month it started coming back several times per hour. While searching for a solution to stop it again I came across this post in another forum:


    Hi folks, if you're using the


         defaults write checkInterval 2500000


    method (simply entered into terminal, which delays the check to only once every 2,500,000 seconds, which is once a month -- or change to "0" for never, although if Google ever deigns to fix this, you'll want the update), then keep in mind that you STILL have to "satisfy" the LAST call or it will keep screaming every few minutes!  This "defaults" method in IMHO is the best "solution".  So let the one call through your filter or firewall to check and finish its update, then this effing virus will shut the poop up for two and a half million seconds -- one month -- until the next check... of course executed sneakily from some new temporary directory.  Each month (or whatever you set the interval to) you need to say "yes" to it:  to click it through your application filter or firewall just once (well, actually, twice in rapid succession) in order for this to work.

    It's a heck of a lot better than every two minutes.  And this is the only workaround apparently that the cocky Google royalty "supports", reluctantly, to "opt-out" of what they pretend is in all of our "best interests".  (Imagine any other third-party software behaving this way!)  I choose the "approved" method instead of deleting or locking files and folders or whatever, to avoid any unintended consequences down the road of mucking with system files, installs or permission changes (which may not stick after updates or routine system tasks.)


    Idiot Google.

  • Grateful2day Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:40 AM (in response to Rodko)

    Thank you for this information.  KSFETCH was driving me crazy! 

  • GreenAsJade Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to iHatePC)

    I've read a lot of solutions, now, to this problem, including the suggestion to install a special "get rid of this problem" app (


    But I think that iHatePC is by far the best solution: have it update only once a month.  That solves both the problem of too many intrusions, and the problem of "whoa, but I want to be updated, I don't want buggy or insecure versions of Chrome running too long".



  • Steven Hubert1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to Rodko)

    Can anyone say for sure what ksfetch is? What it's for? Is it good, bad, or useless? I use Chrome and Gmail.

  • GreenAsJade Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to Steven Hubert1)

    It is google's software updater - the thing that phones home to see if you need new software,   If you do need it, it updates the software, without asking you.


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