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Question: beach balling and adobe failed

How do I fix the adobe problem that failed? Here is my EtreCheck.

EtreCheck version: 3.4.6 (460)

Report generated 2017-11-18 09:02:34

Download EtreCheck from https://etrecheck.com

Runtime: 5:11

Performance: Below Average

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Problem: Computer is too slow

Hardware Information:

Mac mini (Late 2014)

[Technical Specifications] - [User Guide] - [Warranty & Service]

Mac mini - model: Macmini7,1

1 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 (i5-4260U) CPU: 2-core

4 GB RAM Not upgradeable


2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok


2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok

Handoff/Airdrop2: supported

Wireless: en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

iCloud Quota: 792 MB available

Video Information:

Intel HD Graphics 5000 - VRAM: 1536 MB

HP w2338h 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

Disk Information:

APPLE HDD HTS545050A7E362 disk0: (500.11 GB) (Rotational)

[Show SMART report]

EFI (disk0s1 - MS-DOS FAT32) <not mounted> [EFI]: 210 MB

(disk0s2) <not mounted> [CoreStorage Container]: 499.25 GB

(disk0s3) <not mounted> [Recovery]: 650 MB

USB Information:


MOSART Semi. 2.4G Wireless Mouse

Apple, Inc. IR Receiver

Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub

Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

Thunderbolt Information:

Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus

Virtual disks:

Macintosh HD (disk1 - Journaled HFS+) / [Startup]: 498.89 GB (467.64 GB free)

Physical disk: disk0s2 499.25 GB Online

System Software:

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (17B48) - Time since boot: about one day


Mac App Store and identified developers

Kernel Extensions:


[loaded] com.malwarebytes.mbam.rtprotection (3.1 - SDK 10.12) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.sophos.kext.oas (9.6.53 - SDK 10.11) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.sophos.nke.swi (9.6.51 - SDK 10.11) [Lookup]

System Launch Agents:

[not loaded] 9 Apple tasks

[loaded] 167 Apple tasks

[running] 88 Apple tasks

[killed] 24 Apple tasks

24 processes killed due to insufficient RAM

System Launch Daemons:

[not loaded] 37 Apple tasks

[loaded] 182 Apple tasks

[running] 90 Apple tasks

[killed] 21 Apple tasks

21 processes killed due to insufficient RAM

Launch Agents:

[failed] com.adobe.ARMDCHelper.cc24aef4a1b90ed56a725c38014c95072f92651fb65e1bf9c8e43c37a2 3d420d.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-01-11) [Lookup]

[running] com.brother.LOGINserver.plist (? a1772de2 41ad4933 - installed 2017-08-04) [Lookup]

[running] com.malwarebytes.mbam.frontend.agent.plist (Malwarebytes Corporation - installed 2017-11-15) [Lookup]

[running] com.sophos.agent.plist (Sophos - installed 2017-11-17) [Lookup]

[running] com.sophos.uiserver.plist (Sophos - installed 2017-11-17) [Lookup]

Launch Daemons:

[loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-01-11) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-01-11) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist (? 2afb3af7 defea098 - installed 2017-10-25) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.macpaw.CleanMyMac3.Agent.plist (MacPaw Inc. - installed 2017-10-19) [Lookup]

[running] com.malwarebytes.mbam.rtprotection.daemon.plist (Malwarebytes Corporation - installed 2017-11-15) [Lookup]

[running] com.malwarebytes.mbam.settings.daemon.plist (Malwarebytes Corporation - installed 2017-11-15) [Lookup]

[running] com.sophos.common.servicemanager.plist (Sophos - installed 2017-11-17) [Lookup]

User Launch Agents:

[loaded] com.macpaw.CleanMyMac3.Scheduler.plist (MacPaw Inc. - installed 2017-10-19) [Lookup]

User Login Items:

Garmin Express Service Application (Garmin International - installed 2017-11-04)

(/Applications/Garmin Express.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/Garmin Express Service.app)

CleanMyMac 3 Menu Application (MacPaw Inc. - installed 2017-09-25)

(/Applications/CleanMyMac 3.app/Contents/MacOS/CleanMyMac 3 Menu.app)

iTunesHelper Application (Apple, Inc. - installed 2017-11-04)


Internet Plug-ins:

AdobePDFViewerNPAPI: 17.012.20098 (installed 2017-11-15) [Lookup]

FlashPlayer-10.6: (installed 2017-11-16) [Lookup]

QuickTime Plugin: 7.7.3 (installed 2017-10-25)

AdobePDFViewer: 18.009.20044 (installed 2017-11-15) [Lookup]

Flash Player: (installed 2017-11-16) [Lookup]

User internet Plug-ins:

CitrixOnlineWebDeploymentPlugin: 1.0.105 (installed 2013-04-25) [Lookup]

3rd Party Preference Panes:

Flash Player (installed 2017-10-25) [Lookup]

Time Machine:

Time Machine not configured!

Top Processes by CPU:

5% WindowServer

2% kernel_task

0% RTProtectionDaemon

0% fontd

0% followupd

Top Processes by Memory:

506 MB kernel_task

100 MB Safari

95 MB SophosScanD

64 MB Finder

45 MB com.apple.WebKit.Networking

Top Processes by Network Use:

Input Output Process name

5 MB 2 MB Mail

1 MB 0 B netbiosd

314 KB 56 KB mDNSResponder

27 KB 39 KB apsd

38 KB 1 KB Safari

Top Processes by Energy Use:

7.40 WindowServer

0.96 opendirectoryd

0.52 RTProtectionDaemon

0.38 SophosSXLD

Virtual Memory Information:

1.58 GB Available RAM

41 MB Free RAM

2.42 GB Used RAM

1.54 GB Cached files

120 MB Swap Used

Software installs (last 30 days):

Paint 2: 5.6.1 (installed 2017-10-20)

Paint 2: 5.6.2 (installed 2017-10-22)

Adobe Flash Player: (installed 2017-10-25)

Paint 2: 5.6.3 (installed 2017-10-26)

Music Streaming: 1.3 (installed 2017-10-26)

Fotor Photo Editor: 3.4.1 (installed 2017-11-03)

Adobe Flash Player: (installed 2017-11-14)

Malwarebytes for Mac: (installed 2017-11-15)

Malwarebytes for Mac: (installed 2017-11-15)

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (18.009.20044): (installed 2017-11-15)

Install information may not be complete.

Mac mini, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 18, 2017 5:03 PM in response to Crisonya In response to Crisonya

Crisonya wrote:

The beach balling has been doing it way before I installedCleanMyMac3 and Sophos on it so what causes it without those two items?

That Mac Mini is an entry level machine that came with only 4GB of RAM and a really slow 5400rpm Hard Drive. If you wanted to do more than surf the web and some light photo work, then you really should have purchased a upgraded version with more RAM and an SSD thru the on-line store.

Also, how do I correct the adobe problem they said has failed?

Not sure exactly:

Try uninstalling and reinstalling the Adobe software?

Try freeing up some system resources by quitting some other Applications?

Nov 18, 2017 5:03 PM

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Nov 19, 2017 4:24 AM in response to Crisonya In response to Crisonya

Whether you had CMM before the beach balling started that does not mean that you shouldn't uninstall Clean my Mac. Believe me, that is a killer.

Please uninstall, plus Sophos ... and test. You can always reinstall both though it would be foolish to reinstall CMM.

And the amount of RAM you have is barely sufficient for High Sierra,whatever Apple says. But you can't do anything about that, and nor can you go back to El Capitan.

Nov 19, 2017 4:24 AM

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Nov 19, 2017 11:07 AM in response to Crisonya In response to Crisonya


If you select text above, then ctrl or right click it & choose Services - Open from the contextual menu; a Finder window should open, showing a folder which may include that
com.adobe.ARMDCHelp item, assuming that the report section heading 'Launch Agents' is always current.

If you don't plan to uninstall the Adobe software, removing that item & restarting should remove stop it from running.

I agree about removing Clean my Mac & Sophos. If you're sensible about opening downloads, there's no need for any extra security software, including MBAM.

Ideally, reinstall the OS after removing clean my Mac, then test. Either way, check Console.app & Activity Monitor when the beach balling happens : there are sometimes obvious clues in log messages, lack of memory, or CPU use.

Nov 19, 2017 11:07 AM

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