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My /tmp directory contains a file called redswoosh-install.log.

Wikipedia tells me that RedSwoosh was a peer-to-peer content delivery company, later acquired by Akamai.

The file was created yesterday, I do not recall having installed anything that day, or running anything unusual.

Is there some legitimate Mac software (or browser plugin) that includes RedSwoosh, or should I be worried?

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Do you use Photoshop ? forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=908665 –  Sathya Dec 1 '10 at 7:01
    
@Sathya: Interesting. No Photoshop, but some other Adobe tools. And of course Flash player. –  Thilo Dec 1 '10 at 7:30

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Thanks to the comment by Sathya, I found that I have /Applications/Akamai, which was put there by an Adobe installer.

This is not malware, and there is proper documentation and even management tools in the folder:

The Akamai NetSession Interface runs as a service to manage downloads and to let you manage the download process. It was installed on your computer when you downloaded content that uses the service to provide secure, high integrity downloads of large files.

The NetSession Interface supports downloading from a central source and between peers. When peer-downloading is enabled, your computer can serve as an upload source for other computers -- without adverse impacts to your computing. Peer-to-peer downloading can provide faster, more effective downloads.

The NetSession Interface contains no adware or spyware, is safe and secure, uses minimal resources, and provides you the ability to manage and control its actions, including the ability to uninstall it if you do not want it on your computer.

I am going to uninstall it anyway.

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If it worked, remember to mark it as the accepted answer by clicking the check mark beside the answer. You should do this on all your questions, if they have working answers –  Simon Sheehan Mar 6 '12 at 3:41
    
@SimonSheehan: I am very hesitant to accept my own answers... –  Thilo Mar 6 '12 at 3:47
    
It's perfectly acceptable, feel free. You should go through your questions and make sure you've accepted answers if a solution worked –  Simon Sheehan Mar 6 '12 at 4:03

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