Do I need Adobe launch agents and daemons

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Jul 18, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

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Hi all,

I'm trying to clean up my mac and wondering if I need the following Adobe launch agents and daemons, to if see they can and / or should be removed if not required and whether there is any benefit in doing so.

I have the following:

Launch Agents:

    [Not Loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

    [Other] com.adobe.ARMDCHelper.cc24aef4a1b90ed56a725c38014c95072f92651fb65e1bf9c8e43c37a23d420d.plist

    [Running] com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist

    [Running] com.adobe.GC.AGM.plist

    [Not Loaded] com.adobe.GC.Invoker-1.0.plist

Launch Daemons:

    [Loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist

    [Loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper.plist (

    [Running] com.adobe.acc.installer.v2.plist

    [Loaded] com.adobe.agsservice.plist

    [Loaded] com.apple.installer.osmessagetracing.plist

User Launch Agents:

    [Loaded] com.adobe.GC.Invoker-1.0.plist

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers....Stuart

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Most Valuable Participant , Jul 19, 2019 Jul 19, 2019
If you remove any of these part of Creative Cloud may stop working, including possibly licensing, updating, and problem solving. I suggest you NOT try to tidy up installed apps, it often ends in tears. We do not have details of what all the hundreds of bits do.

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Jul 19, 2019 Jul 19, 2019

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If you remove any of these part of Creative Cloud may stop working, including possibly licensing, updating, and problem solving. I suggest you NOT try to tidy up installed apps, it often ends in tears. We do not have details of what all the hundreds of bits do.

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Jul 19, 2019 Jul 19, 2019

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Thanks so much. I thought I best check.

I'll do exactly what you say and leave things well alone!!

Cheers!!

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Mar 19, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

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Dear Test_Screen_Name,

 

When, out of nowhere and without any explanation, some of those bits (com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper) tries to access an external drive and an alert pops up, what is one to do?

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Gilles

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Mar 19, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

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I suggest you accept it. Catalina warns about all sorts of normal things. The fact is, your computer is packed with Adobe software which could do anything. Why would you suddenly mistrust a tiny bit of it and stop it from doing its (unknown) work?

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May 12, 2020 May 12, 2020

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"Why would you suddenly mistrust a tiny bit of it and stop it from doing its (unknown) work?"

 

Why?? Because the name "com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper" just doesn't sound legit. And because we are constantly warned not to mindlessly allow unknown agents to access or change things on our computer. This popped up on my iMac Catalina today, and I am totally suspicious of it. I got burned allowing an update of Flash a while back; it installed malware. So color me suspicious, and not 100% trusting that Apple has everything under control. 

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May 13, 2020 May 13, 2020

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Calling it com.adobe.something is what Apple say should be done. I can see that, while SMJobBless Helper makes perfect sense as a programmer, it isn't going to make much sense to most people. Certainly, anyone could create malware and call it com.adobe.vital.service, so the name proves nothing. And Apple don't provide a quick easy way to check the signature on a service, which is a pity. But you contradict yourself - you say we shouldn't trust unknown agents - but you're here because you know that it's part of an Adobe product. So long as this is the real, official Adobe product I'd trust it (at least, there is no difference in trust between say Photoshop and these services). You are right to be vigilant, though - countless millions of sites are waiting with attacks disguised as a Flash update, and it sounds as if you were hit. The fact is that Apple actively encourate setting up launch service based daemons/services, and in some cases they absolutely require it. Those times it is absolutely required include those apps which need to use SMJobBless, ironically.

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May 24, 2020 May 24, 2020

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He is not contradicting himself because it's very difficult to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake if you're not a coder. He is not 'here because he knows it's part of an Adobe product' like you are saying. He has no clue like most people and that's why he asked.

 

The name has nothing to do with it. You are very behind on scams if you believe having a 'trustworthy name' makes something trustworthy. I would suggest keeping up with scam news. 

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May 24, 2020 May 24, 2020

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You have a good point; fakes will impersonate something real as closely as they can, so I recommend always checking the digital signature.

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Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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what happens if you've already deleted those launch agents and daemons by accident? is there any way to get them back? re-installing the app doesn't work for me.

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Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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what happens if you've already deleted those launch agents and daemons by accident? is there any way to get them back? re-installing the app doesn't work for me.

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