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Question: A pop up keeps appearing and disappearing

I keep seeing a Pop Up that pops up and disappears again for a split second on my screen.

It's so fast, I can't tell what it is, but it looks like a warning dialog box.


It pops up at random times. It doesn't matter what windows or finders I have open.

Sometimes it appears when I'm surfing youtube or ebay, others when I'm watching movies or streaming videos online....


The problem is, It disappears before I get the chance to see what it is or deal with it. (It's gone before I can even screen shot it).

It's been happening for a few weeks now and even after updating, it's still there.... I get the feeling it's slowing down my system some what too...


Any ideas what it may be or how I can go about finding out? and potentially removing it?


Thanks guys and girls.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)

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No, that's correct. The only place Java 7 resides is in System Preferences.

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Aug 12, 2013 4:52 AM in response to kaz-k In response to kaz-k

I check the Activity Monitor regularly, especially just after I see it, but I don't see anything unfamilar or that shouldn't be there... Having said that, I'm no Apple Genius or Mac expert so not 100% sure of what shouldn't be there...

Aug 12, 2013 4:52 AM

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Aug 12, 2013 5:32 AM in response to shardy00x In response to shardy00x

I've seen that behavior in some builds of Mountain Lion. It may be a third party app like Java, do you have Java installed? If so, it may be the allow dialog. You can disable it in your browser and see if the problem continues.


If that's not it, try starting in Safe Mode and see if the problem still occurs?

Restart holding the "shift" key.

(Expect it to take longer to start this way because it runs a directory check first.)

Aug 12, 2013 5:32 AM

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Aug 13, 2013 3:01 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Hello again,


I was doing a screen-recording and it popped up so managed to finally catch it on camera (least I hope it's the same one...)


Here's a screen shot of it from the video...

User uploaded file


Direct link for high-res: http://imgur.com/XkQhnOz


What do I need to do as I cannot see where Java is installed?

Aug 13, 2013 3:01 PM

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Aug 13, 2013 5:32 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Here's a screenshot of the Applications folder and the Utilities:


User uploaded file

Direct link for high-res image: http://imgur.com/98Q6Pec


It's nowhere to be seen.

If I search it manually, apart from a bunch of documents and Netbeans projects, the only App it shows is the "Java VisualVM". I thought that was to aid Netbeans.


In the System Report, Installations, I have the following Java Updates:

User uploaded file

Direct link for high-res image: http://imgur.com/5uq5CoA


Looks like it only goes up to Java 6 in which case shouldn't there be a "preferences" option in the System Preferences? I thought it was only removed in Java 7+?

Aug 13, 2013 5:32 PM

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Aug 13, 2013 6:31 PM in response to shardy00x In response to shardy00x

No I mean what is in those Adobe folders, Adobe Application Manager & Adobe Installers. Also you have Flash Player Install Manager, what is it managing?


Although I'd expect to see the Java Preferences in your Utilities folder. Was Java ever installed then uninstalled. Java goes pretty deep into the file system and there could be a leftover component somewhere.

Aug 13, 2013 6:31 PM

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Aug 13, 2013 6:39 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Oh, sorry. I think the Adobe Application Manager is managing the trial of After Effects i'm in the middle of and the Adobe Installers just contains the uninstaller for it.


Yes, I'd of expected to see it too. This is why I'm lost.

I don't ever remember deleting it as the only things I delete are projects, apps and music.


In the installer log, it says Java was updated on the 15th July.

I update everything at the same time, when it pops up or I check manually. So It must be somewhere...


I guess turning the firewall off would stop it prompting but that's too risky.

Aug 13, 2013 6:39 PM

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Aug 13, 2013 7:04 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Oh ok, I see.
Well I may have to turn it off, and try that.


I've just re-installed Java for OS X 2013-004 and nothing has changed...


According to this website if you have Java 7 installed, it should be in your Preferences:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5648?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US


I'm guessing I don't seems it isn't there (although I thought Java 6 had a preference option too).

I may install that too, in order to get some preferences at least.


Thanks for your time anyway.

Aug 13, 2013 7:04 PM

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