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Fixit 18. Check for Problems with Extens... > Delete the Problem Startup Extension

Delete the Problem Startup Extension

If nothing so far has helped, you probably do have to stop using the startup extension altogether. Sometimes, as previously discussed, a problem may be caused by a conflict between two different startup extensions. In this case, removing one of the startup extensions is likely to resolve the problem. If not, remove them both.

Most often, if you decide to permanently stop using a startup extension, you want to place it in the Trash and delete it from your disk. However, if the startup extension is currently in use (that is, if it was loaded into memory at startup), this may be tricky. If you try to empty the Trash when an active startup extension is in it, you may get an alert message that says that the startup extension cannot be deleted because it is in use. Even if you can trash the startup extension, be careful. The startup extension is probably still present in memory and functioning. If it subsequently tries to access its disk file, it will find it missing. This can cause problems, including system crashes.


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