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Alfred App Google Drive Workflow False Positive


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Running an AppleScript directly from within a launch agent plist via osascript -e is something that is done by malware and is considered suspicious behavior.

A couple recommendations:

  • Change the launch agent to remove the osascript call, by pointing it at some kind of executable file. (See suggestion below.)
  • Set an exclusion in Malwarebytes for ~/Library/Launchagents/com.alfredapp.googledrive.plist

Note that you can make a directly executable AppleScript file by simply putting the AppleScript into a text file, and using the AppleScript shebang on the first line:


Then, you just make sure it has execute permissions (chmod +x) and it will be directly executable, so you could replace the ProgramArguments with just the path to that executable file. You can further secure it by making sure root permissions are needed to modify that executable file, while leaving it open to being read by any user.

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