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[Solved!] Companion users - please delete Companion from your computers

{16 apríl 2010}

[UPDATE] - after 2 sleepless nights, I suddenly solved the problem of Mac Companion overloading Vladstudio site, though I am not sure how exactly I did this. Anyway, all should be working now! The post below is for historical purposes only.

Couple of days ago (not sure when exactly), something happened with all Vladstudio Companions for Mac around the world. They went crazy and started sending request to my site many times every second. Every Companion receives short piece of information, such as wallpaper name and link to an image. Still, for a single day, these requests took away 250 Gb of bandwidth. Requests come from all around the world, not from single IP. That means ALL instances of Companion are affected by this strange behavior. I am going crazy trying to understand why it could happen.

So I had to either lose entire website, or disable the Companion scripts, which I did.

If you are Mac Companion user, please help me by quitting the app and deleting it until I find the solution. Thanks!

UPDATE: there is a light in the end of tunnel. However, for Mac users of Companion, I also have to ask you to open your Home folder, go to Library/Preferences/ and remove the following file: com.vladstudio.VSCompanion.plist. Or, simply paste this into Terminal:

rm -f ~/Library/Preferences/com.vladstudio.VSCompanion.plist

Thanks for your understanding!

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Komentáre {9}

Martin Stružský 16 apríl 2010
Oh, I am very unhappy to hear that... But I hope you'll figure out where the problem lies and you'll be able to fix it easily. :-)

Gianluca Troiani 16 apríl 2010
Done. Also RSS feed did not work (?)

Gary Haugen 17 apríl 2010
very sorry to hear of problem. all ok here now. tnx Vlad gary

tamalita 17 apríl 2010
wow hope you get it worked out. I have uninstalled .......

Andrea Olivier 21 apríl 2010
Does this mean we can reinstall it? or is it still a no-go? Also, slightly related... I never could get it to actually display the right size of wallpapers when I had it on random. It would only ever install the correct size which I chose to display the latest wallpaper. My setup is 2-1920x1200 monitors. I had pretty much stopped using it because of the problem. But I would click on the latest to check it out.

Vlad Gerasimov 16 apríl 2010
Thanks! I added a rule to my server that blocks all requests from Mac Companion but allows requests from all other programs. So, DisplayFusion and Companion for Windows should be working again now. If you use Companion for Mac, still please quit and delete it.

Vlad Gerasimov 16 apríl 2010
Gianluca - yes I had to disable media RSS too, to save bandwidth. I hope to have it back soon but I'm not sure when.

Jessica 17 apríl 2010
Oh no! I've uninstalled it for now. Hope you can get the problem sorted, soon, Vlad! :)

Vlad Gerasimov 17 apríl 2010
After 2 sleepless nights, I suddenly solved the problem of Mac Companion overloading Vladstudio site, though I am not sure how exactly I did this. Anyway, all should be working now!

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