Why is this X11 application open on my Macbook without my having installed/opened it??
June 6, 2012 7:42 AM Subscribe
Why is this X11 application open on my Mac all of a sudden?
posted by trampoliningisfun to computers & internet (10 answers total)
I came back to my 2007 Macbook from a few days of not having used it, and I was surprised to see X11 and Wine open in my dock. I have no recollection of knowing about or having installed X11 (although I have heard of/seen Wine on my computer before), so I immediately looked it up and now have a vague idea of what it does (I'm computer savvy enough but not that savvy). However, my computer was also noticeably slower than usual when browsing the web, and the spinning rainbow beach ball kept making guest appearances--which hasn't happened since I increased my computer's memory about a year ago.
Pangs of worry coursed through my veins about the possibility of spyware infection, so I downloaded the trial version of MacScan, which is now running. I also followed some advice and cleared the cache via Terminal, which did speed things up in the browser.
After Flashback came to the fore in April, I did do what I thought was a scan of my computer for it, especially since I remember clicking on something to update Flash. It came back negative. But now I'm doubting the validity of the scan and wondering if this has anything to do with the recent X11/Wine appearance on my dock.
So with that in mind, what kind of action should I take? Any ideas where this mysterious X11 came from, or was it already on my computer and some other action caused it and Wine to open automatically? Is there a way to check a history log to see what was going on when they were opened? Or am I needlessly getting worked up??
I should also note that no one has had physical access to my computer during these last few days, so it's not that someone was using it and opening up applications, etc.