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Anybody Recognize This Bleeping Weird Startup Image?

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#1 Lissa25


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:54 AM

This is an image that blinks on and off at startup, and then the Apple icon appears and startup proceeds as per normal. I'm afraid it indicates my computer has been taken over and is now a slave. Does anybody know what it is or anything about it, or how to get rid of it?



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#2 tgdetjen


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

Does the computer run slowly?  Do all the applications and files work?


Try this.

Go to your system preferences.

Click on 'Users and Groups'

Click on your account (I assume it has your name and administrative privileges.)

Click on 'Log in items'

See if there is an application you do not recognize.

Write its name down exactly as it is written.

Select the item.

Hit the minus key.


Quit from system preferences.

Restart your computer.

See if the strange image disappears.


Let me know what happens and I can give you further steps if you want to restore the item or remove it entirely from your computer.

I've never seen this before.


Do you have antivirus software and is it update?  If so run a scan.

#3 Buddyme2


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:59 PM

That looks like the Network Startup icon. Go to Apple menu > Preferences > System > Startup Disk > Click on the lock icon > input admin name and password > choose the Macintosh HD icon > Restart.

#4 Lissa25

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:12 AM

Thanks for your insights, tgdetjen and Buddyme2. I found this thread by searching the internet for this image, and it explains what it may be and what to do about it. You are each a little bit right-- the answers in the thread differ with one another. 



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