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This is my first post, and I come to Mac Forums to confess, in all humility, that I was using bit torrent peer-to-peer download software, and I'm pretty sure thats were my problem came from. 'Serves him right' I hear you say, well I've learned my lesson, but now Photoshop wont launch, Safari 3 quits even more than usual and I can't download anything that doesn't use a dedicated software updater.I've run maintainence and cleaning routines and anti virus software, I've also reinstalled the OS (10.4.11) and all affected software but the problem stands firm. I think I've traced the problem,or part of it, to the firewall. When I try to access it I'm told that there is another third party firewall application running, although I've not installed one, and I must first remove it before I can work further. I'd be gretefull for some help with the solution. Has this happened to anyone else?
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ahhh that sucks man. but since u reinstalled the os, shouldn't the program be gone??

what were u downloading, if i may ask? was it an app? :S

good luck fixing the problem, i'm sure to be careful with p2p software. :scared:
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Can you explain what you mean when you say "when I access the firewall"?
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Could you possibly run Activity Monitor in Applications > Utilities and post a pic of what is running on the mac?

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Launch activity monitor (Apps > Utilities) and select to view "All Processes".

There will be a ton of processes there that you won't know, but does anything jump out at you?

Or post a screenshot here!

Edit: Haha louishen beat me to it!
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Can you explain what you mean when you say "when I access the firewall"?
I would like to know what you mean by this as well.
You shouldn't be "accessing the firewall". With OS X, by nature, everything should be transparent. Just browse the internet, no need to stop by the firewall and say, "Hi there, Firewall. Can I go on the internet now?"
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If you really did get something from using a p2p client, a new install would have taken care of it. Did you do an Erase and Install or an Upgrade?
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I would like to know what you mean by this as well.
You shouldn't be "accessing the firewall". With OS X, by nature, everything should be transparent. Just browse the internet, no need to stop by the firewall and say, "Hi there, Firewall. Can I go on the internet now?"
i think he means he went to system preferences and to security and firewall tab... i think
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recently (to cut a long story short), on a long net surf, after a lot of downloading and a restart I noticed a change. I'd lost the ability to download, and I realised it was specific in some ways - I can't now download software unless it's through the Mac Software Update for example. I've tracked the problem to the firewall, but whenever I try to access it I'm told that there is a 3rd party firewall app installed and that I must remove that first. But, I've not installed any firewall software, not deliberately anyway (meaning this is some sort of trojan). Whenever I scan with an antivirus app (that I bought After the problem occured) I get the all clear. I examined my firewall settings through my System Profiler utility and all of my connections except 'Network Time' and Blizzard downloaders are 'Denied', filesharing and everything else is blocked. Can someone help me get my firewall back?
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Do you have a third-party download acceleration application installed? Have you tried creating another user account (for testing purposes), logging in and seeing if you can download in the new user account?

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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By 'access the firewall' I mean via System Preferences/Sharing/Firewall, and when I click on firewall a dropdown sign appears telling me to remove the 3rd party firewall software before I can get to my firewall controls.
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I was downloading music, simply a try before you buy thing. But no, strangely, the problem wasn't rectified when I reinstalled the OS.
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Yes, you're correct. Thanx
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