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Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby wuubb » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:58 pm

So I installed soundflower to use for something and now I can't get rid of it, and also have reason to suspect it's been the cause of the 2 crashes I've had in the past 36 hours when my macbook has never crashed before.

I've followed instructions to run the uninstall script from the installer, look under System/Library/Extensions for Soundflower.kext (not there) and searched for it in my Mac HD ( no results) yet it still shows up in the sound preferences and I can't remove it in Audio/MIDI setup.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:04 pm

I have a little free download app called App Cleaner that does a very good job of seeking out and destroying unwanted software. GIve it a go.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby mashedmitten » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:07 pm

Dumb question, but did you re-start the computer after un-install?
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby mashedmitten » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:11 pm

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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby Guido3 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:38 am

Try AppZapper. It's simple to use and gets rid of all files associated with the program you are trying to uninstall. You get a few 'Zaps' for free so won't cost you anything to try out.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby wuubb » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:51 am

mashedmitten wrote:Dumb question, but did you re-start the computer after un-install?

Both a typical restart and a full shut down, power on.

quote="mashedmitten"]On Googling, I found this.

https://support-splashtoppersonal.splas ... r-for-Mac-[/quote]

As I said, I followed those instructions but he kext doesn't exist.

I'll give those app removers a go and see what happens

EDIT: There is no app in my applications folder, so the app cleaners won't work. It only appears in the sound options and Audio/MIDI setup
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:39 am

"THE MOST RELIABLE WAY TO UNINSTALL

From the Finder, HIT Shift-Cmd-G and TYPE:
/Library/Extensions

Then inside that folder, look for a "Soundflower.kext" file. If there is one, DRAG it into the trash (you may be asked for the admin password)

REPEAT, typing in this folder path:
/System/Library/Extensions

RESTART your computer"

https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower


Note: searches will only find system files if you have the (appropriately named) "Include system files" search rule included.

My Soundflower.kext is in /System/Library/Extensions (and I've never had any crashes due to it either in many years).
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby wuubb » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:40 pm

desmond wrote:"THE MOST RELIABLE WAY TO UNINSTALL

From the Finder, HIT Shift-Cmd-G and TYPE:
/Library/Extensions

Then inside that folder, look for a "Soundflower.kext" file. If there is one, DRAG it into the trash (you may be asked for the admin password)

REPEAT, typing in this folder path:
/System/Library/Extensions

RESTART your computer"

https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower


Note: searches will only find system files if you have the (appropriately named) "Include system files" search rule included.

My Soundflower.kext is in /System/Library/Extensions (and I've never had any crashes due to it either in many years).

People, I appreciate your help, but as I've stated before there is no soundflower.kext in the Extensions folder

It's not in the Library, or System extensions folders, yet soundflower is still there. Short of reinstalling the OS (which I really don't have time for, especially to reinstall all the software I'm using), I'm not sure what to do.

The reason I suspect it's causing crashes is because it's the only thing in the past week that I've installed and then I started having crashes. Even if it's not he cause, it still hijacks Logic and Sibelius as the default audio output
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:52 pm

wuubb wrote:It's not in the Library, or System extensions folders, yet soundflower is still there.

Ok.

How do you know it's "there"? Where are you seeing it? Is the soundflowerbed app running in the menu bar?

Is Soundflower still listed in the audio output/input drivers? Can you still route audio to it (ie, is it still working)?

If it is, then Soundflower is still installed *somewhere* - you can't remove the code from the computer and have it still run that code! :)

When you do searches, do you have the "include system files" option there (otherwise, OSX won't search your system file locations).

What you you mean by it "hijacks" Logic's sound output? Soundflower shouldn't do this, it's just an audio driver, and in Logic, you just choose the audio driver you want to use - Soundflower shouldn't "hijack" anything.

Where did you install it from, btw, as there are multiple (old, and current) versions of this from different sources... The most latest current version is from the github referenced above.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby Patrice Brousseau » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:02 am

You don't have a backup (Time Machine, CCC) prior to the install?

It is possible there' s some remnants in Application Support or some .plist somewhere. Maybe something in the Preferences panel too?
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby wuubb » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:49 pm

I found the kext. It wasn't in the extensions folder, but somewhere really bizarre. my computer is still crashing, but that's a whole other issue I have to deal with. At least I know it's not soundflower.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby desmond » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:34 pm

wuubb wrote:I found the kext. It wasn't in the extensions folder, but somewhere really bizarre.

Where was it?
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby Dins4ever » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:08 pm

I use a program called CleanmyMac. It can find these things and uninstall them.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:26 pm

Everyone has their favourite rescue progs. Disk Warrior has saved my butt many times when I can't figure out where OS weirdness comes from. I assume you are on a Mac.
Good luck with this frustration.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby desmond » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:39 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:Good luck with this frustration.

The OP's issue has been solved.
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Re: Can't get rid of soundflower

Postby desmond » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:41 pm

desmond wrote:Where was it?

Clearly this information is a secret... :headbang:
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