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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
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Popup Notifications Automatically = Evil/Infection. Funny how much turnaround we have here. –  VxJasonxV Sep 24 '10 at 20:40
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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 http://growl.info/documentation/growl-package-removal.php from the growl official site. It also has this page http://growl.info/thirdpartyinstallations.php 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 http://freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/ to be particularly useful for all purposes.

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

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