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I used to have a Maxtor Shared Storage II network drive; it broke down long ago already. (Later I tried to recover some data from it, and partially succeeded, but haven't yet fully documented it on that question.)

Anyway, I just noticed there are still some lingering bits remaining of the (thoroughly crappy) software that came with the Maxtor device: a background process called "MaxBack Engine".

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I googled around a bit and found something related but not very useful:

Under /Applications I found "Maxtor EasyManage.app" which I used to use for controlling the drive, and showed it some "rm -rf". Before deleting, I noted that the bundle did contain "MaxBack Engine.app" under Content/Resources.

But still, after reboot, the "MaxBack Engine" process is back. I did notice though that it only appears when logging in with my usual user account; with another account it wasn't launched.

So, dear Mac gurus, what could I do about this pest? I guess I could fall back to some Unix hackery and write a cronjob that kills any process with that name, but obviously it'd be nicer to be able to clean up from my computer everything left behind by Maxtor's piece of software.

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Oh well, it wasn't that difficult after all.

I looked under System Prefs -> Accounts -> Login Items, and "MaxBack Engine" was there on the list, along with the possibility to disable it from starting upon login.

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The tooltip additionally told me the application is at:

/Library/Application Support/Maxtor/MaxBack Engine.app

So, I deleted (permanently) the whole Maxtor directory (it contained another file called "MBHelperTool" along with "MaxBack Engine.app"), and verified (by reboot & login) that it indeed is gone for good now!

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Yet another case of me basically using SU as a "rubber duck", but oh well :) –  Jonik May 14 '10 at 17:57
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If you can't find out how to remove it, chmod it 000.

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In my case there was no problem deleting the culprit after I found it - thanks anyway! –  Jonik May 14 '10 at 17:59
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While that was a pretty easy case, anytime you can't find a self-healing bit of software, this usually will:

http://khiltd.com/software/consultants_canary

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Thanks, good to know about Consultant’s Canary. I just tried it out, and it seems like a really useful tool! –  Jonik May 17 '10 at 22:45
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