2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2013 8:53 AM by EvolJenius
EvolJenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why am I being asked to update Apple Remote Desktop when I don't have or want Apple Remote Desktop?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,315 points)



    "Why am I being asked to update Appel Remote Desktop . . ."


    It's part of the operating system - always has been since at least 10.2 (Jaguar). You should update it whenever there's an update available.


    ". . . when I don't have or want Apple Remote Desktop?"


    You do have it and it's called Remote Management. You'll find it in the Sharing Preferences Pane. Whether you want it or not is entirely up to you. It's not on by default and is in no way a security risk, a virus, an exploit, malware or anything else that may be seen as 'nasty'.


    Read this for more information:




    Page 3 basically says it all. On every mac OS there will always be the client version of ARD. The manual mentioned above is for the administration part of ARD.


    If this is the only computer you have then you will probably never ever need it or use it. But that does not mean you should not update it when the update for it is available.





  • EvolJenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Tony. I did finally find it. I just needed to know where to look. For anyone else who doesn't know, it's not in the apps folder. Go to your Utility folder and open System Information, click on Applications under Software and wait a minute for the list to populate. Then look for ARDAgent.