I have installed Pulse Secure VPN utility version and it automatically opens at startup. Unfortunately, the app doesn't behave like any other, i.e., I cannot disable it through:
System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items
I've done some research on the Internet and I found that the file that is responsible for the startup opening is:
If I delete the file, Pulse Secure doesn't open at startup, but whenever I open it, it won't work as expected (won't connect to any VPN).
Does anyone know how to prevent it from opening at startup AND make it work at the same time?
I attach the content of the file if it's of some aid:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Label</key> <string>net.pulsesecure.pulsetray</string> <key>LimitLoadToSessionType</key> <array> <string>Aqua</string> </array> <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <string>/Applications/Pulse Secure.app/Contents/Plugins/JamUI/PulseTray.app/Contents/MacOS/PulseTray</string> </array> <key>KeepAlive</key> <true/> <key>Disabled</key> <false/> </dict> </plist>
Has your admin setup location awareness and it is trying to auto-connect?
This is a configurable option. If you have it configured and don't want it to work like that, you may need to talk to IT. They may have a reason for wanting it to behave like this, or it is just mis-configured.
There's an official report about it with solution:
"Using Automater, create an app to run the following script during boot"
I'm sorry, but that's not an acceptable solution in my opinion. Write an application that prevents starting another application, really?
In each application that I know you can configure in the options whether it should be run at startup or not. (eg Skype, MS Teams, Dropbox, etc.)
It is a shame that such an option does not exist in the Pulse Client. :-(
This is the worst answer you could give a client. It just made me hate Pulse Secure even more. Good job!
Meanwhile, I found a way to uninstall this malware -
Well, IT might have a reason to configure the VPN to connect after login or when outside of LAN.
As much as this could be frustrating for end-users, I don't want them to have an option to disable pre-installed and pre-configured VPN client—in general, not only Pulse. I wouldn't compare VPN client to Skype, Dropbox, etc.
If you still want to disable Pulse after login, download an app I made years ago.
@ariadthere's plenty of other solutions out there—why stick with something you hate?
Since Pulse Secure Desktop Client for Microsoft Windows allows you to disable the automatic launch when Windows boots up, there is no reason why the mac version would not allow it [https://kb.pulsesecure.net/articles/Pulse_Secure_Article/KB22669]. Moreover, there is many ways that the IT guys can prevent you from disabling Pulse Secure if they find it necessary (just like the case with firewalls and antivirus services).