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Growl just installed itself on my machine without me requesting it and it has now infected everything - every program I open how do I get rid of it?

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Most likely Growl was installed by another app you installed. That install program should have asked you or at least notified you that Growl was a requirement. Bad Programmer! Bad! – Chris Nava Sep 24 '10 at 20:15
Popup Notifications Automatically = Evil/Infection. Funny how much turnaround we have here. – VxJasonxV Sep 24 '10 at 20:40
It's unfortunate that you're confused because some application installed Growl without your permission, but Growl never just "installs itself" nor should it activate with "every program". It's a notification framework, not an infection. Read @Rich Homolka's answer. Relax. And direct your complaint to the developer of whatever application installed it without telling you. Jerks. – ghoppe Sep 24 '10 at 22:28
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A simple search finds from the growl official site. It also has this page which may explain how it got on your machine. You should read it, or you may find it on your machine again.

Growl is just a notifier, you can turn it off in Preferences if you don't like it, or configure only specific apps to use it.

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Go to the Growl Website download it, then run the uninstaller contained in the disk image.

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i have found to be particularly useful for all purposes.

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+1 for great app reference – cregox Oct 5 '10 at 15:58

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