Startup items on OS X

For an unrelated reason I just checked the console on my Mac and found that an executable was being called every few mins, that did not exist. WTF!

I used to have a 3G modem made by Huawei (T-Mobile). The software dialler was pretty rubbish, and it appears that the naffness continued after I removed it. It had placed a file in my Launchpad folder which supposedly checked whether there was an updated version of the software available (note: in 18 months of running this software there never was!).

Anyway the upshot of it that it’s not just the StartupItems Preference Pane that shows such items. Also check the following folders:

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/StartupItems
~/Library/LaunchAgents
~/Library/LaunchDaemons
~/Library/StartupItems

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