The apparent rabid malware named wnck-applet

Bret Busby bret.busby at
Wed Nov 21 11:49:15 UTC 2018

On 21/11/2018, Oliver Grawert <ogra at> wrote:
> hi,
> Am Mittwoch, den 21.11.2018, 18:33 +0800 schrieb Bret Busby:
>> Hello.
>> In inadvertently pressing an unknown key or key combination, Arora
>> went into an endless loop of loading and reloading, incessanly
>> loading
>> hundreds of windows, and, using both the "Force a misbehaving
>> application to quit", and, "kill -9 <pid for arora>", repeatedly,
>> have
>> failed.
>> Running top, showed the process named wnck-applet taking about 98-
>> 100% of "%CPU"
> let me guess, you are running a mate desktop ...
> wnck-applet is part of the old gnome2 panel, seems your desktop simply
> has a bug that you should report ... wnck-applet manages the workspace
> switcher and task list IIRC
> this is definitely not any malware [1] issue :)
> ciao
> 	oli
> [1]
> [... Malware (a portmanteau for malicious software) is any software
> intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server or
> computer network ...]


Thank you for your explanation.

Unfortunately, "the UbuntuMATE people" apparently prohibit email
communications, and, prohibit support mailing lists, and, in keeping
with the term published on the UbuntuMATE  web site homepage; "For a
retrospective future", I am not a "social media" or iirc user, so, I
suppose that all I can do, is, as said by Ford Prefect, in his review,
"change the status to Mostly Harmless", for UbuntuMATE.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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