Opinions are divided about the new look and feel of System Preferences in macOS Ventura, but what we definitely see as an improvement is the new overview of Login Items. In addition to the well-known list of the classic extensions of auto-launching apps, here you can also see a comprehensive list of all background objects active on your Mac.
This could of course already be displayed in previous system versions, just not as handy and clear. In addition, you now have the option of simply deactivating the individual objects with a switch. We recently covered this option in connection with Adobe’s Creative Cloud extension.
Remove contaminated locations step by step from the start objects
The new overview is a welcome support when it comes to detecting and removing legacy issues. If the objects are unknown to the system, you can also directly display the object’s storage location by clicking the small info symbol next to the activation button. So you are immediately in the right place if you want to remove the unknown object.
However, to be on the safe side, we would always implement such a measure in several steps. So first disable the extension in question, restart it and then just continue working for a longer period of time to make sure that no “vital” function has been cut off here. Only then can you completely remove the associated extension from the Mac.
When looking for the origin of the associated file, a simple Google search often helps. For example, the “sh” files shown in the screenshot above are extensions with the suffix “com.cisco.videoguard” that ended up on the computer at some point with an installation of Sky Go. You can also get more information about the origin of such files if you look at the directories at a higher level. To do this, hold down the Command key and click the folder name at the top of the Finder window.