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I have a white iBook running 10.6.8. While using Safari suddenly every application on the computer will open up. It does not happen all of the time. It also does not happen at specific times. I ran a program called Applejack to clean up random anomalies with permissions and the like but it still is happening.

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A white iBook running 10.6.8? I don't think so since Snow Leopard will not install on a PPC. How about telling us which Mac you really have? Also, Safari should have nothing to do with applications starting up. What else is going on in the machine when that happens?
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Thanks "chscag". You are correct. It is a White MacBook. I will give you more specifics on the machine when I get back to work.

This is a students machine. He came to me with applications just opening one after another.

What I do know..
1. It did not occur after coming out of sleep mode.
2. He was working on an online dictionary when it occurred.
3. He has told me that it happens frequently.
4. Does not happen at startup.

I have seen a lot of things, but nothing like this. Any specific information you would like me to obtain?
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We need to find out what he means by every application is opening up. Are the applications launching, starting up and opening? I likewise have never heard of that happening.
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I saw it with my own eyes. All of the applications were launching, and trying to open. Very bizarre. I have watched a student open every Word document he had but this takes the cake. It is not like he selected all the applications and double clicked the list.
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OK. Check his Dock icons to make sure he hasn't selected them to "Open at Login". Right click on each Dock icon and select "Options". See if perhaps he's accidentally (or on purpose) selected that action.
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Nothing in the Dock is set to open at Login.

Machine is a White MacBook
2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

Running 10.6.8

In talking with the student...
When this happens...30-40 Finder windows open and all of the applications open.

1. It has occurred when coming out of sleep. (Once)
2. It has occurred when starting the computer and logging in. (Once)
3. This has occurred using the Dictionary application and when he is online.
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I really have no idea what's causing that. It possibly could be a corrupted account. Here's what I suggest:

Create another account for him on the machine. Give it whatever permissions you normally would assign for a student account. Let him log on to the new account to see if the same thing occurs. If the new account is operating normally, copy his data over to the new account from the old, test it, and if everything is still OK, delete the old account.

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