By Vlad Alexa
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Loadables attempts to provide a exhaustive list of all the kind of processes, plugins or libraries that are loaded in your system on boot time, on log in, on demand, etc and the services provided by the running applications.
It differentiates* default ones that existed since the install of your operating system from third party installed or otherwise added by a operating system upgrade later.
It provides three actions for most types of services : Stop Process** (stops the process for that service if running) , Disable*** (prevents the service from running without removing it) and Remove Service**** that effectively removes the service from the operating system.
It lists the folowing types of services: Login Items, System Starter and launchd
It lists the mach services currently active (these are core services provided by the running applications, not to be confused with the aqua services or the boot/startup services)
It lists a number of operating system additions, namely : Contextual Menu Items, Kernel Extensions, Address Book Plug-ins, Internet Plug-ins, Spotlight Plug-ins, Authorization Plug-ins, Privileged Helper Tools, System Configuration Bundles, Input Managers, Aqua Services and Login Hooks.
It shows info associated with each item like executable, owner and date if available in order to make sense of when did a service get added and by who etc.
* Entries that are not grayed are not present by default in the operating system and have been added either by a third party or a subsequent operating system update.
** The ability to stop processed depends of the authorization level of the user running Loadables , caution should be exercised when stoping OSX services that could be critical to the operating system.
*** Entries in bold are not handled by launchd for the user running Loadables (they can not be disabled as that has no effect on them)
**** The ability to remove services depends of the authorization level of the user running Loadables, removing a service should be a last resort action and used with caution, they are kept in the Trash for a while shall you change your mind.
What's New in Version 1.4.1
Great little tool
This is a nice, simple app that gives great visibility into what background services are installed, which are running, and so on. It requires some system knowledge for the information to be useful; I learned a few things about how OS X handles background processes along the way. It helped me find some automatic updaters that I will grudginly leave in place, and a couple of remnants of uninstalled apps that I promptly removed.
Thanks for making this handy little tool!