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Nov 10, 2009

For the last week, my Mac has been running very slow. Even when I don't have any apps open, it still lags. I opened up Activity Monitor to see what is going on. I see that a root process "AgentDaemon" is taking up almost all my CPU and RAM.

When I try to quit (or force quit) this process in the Activity Monitor, it will go away for a second and then come right back.

Does anyone know what purpose the "AgentDaemon" serves? And why is it hogging all my CPU and RAM?

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