Runaway process after installing Photoshop Elements 9 - help!

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This issue arose when I installed Photoshop Elements 9 on a MacBook Pro running OSX 10.7.1 Lion.

I discovered this issue when I was doing a clone with Carbon Copy Cloner. The clone seemed to be taking much longer than usual so I looked at the CCC log.

This revealed that **hundreds of thousands** of tiny invisible files were being generated on my system even when I was not running any Adobe applications. CCC was cloning all of them. That was why it was taking so long. And even as it was cloning them, new ones were still being created.

So I investigated further.

I discovered that something in my system was creating a daily folder for each day.

Within each daily folder there were **thousands** of log files, a new one being created each minute (as far as I could tell). Each filename began with AUX.

They were being generated in private/var/log/asl/

By doing a "what is" on one of them, I discovered that they were Adobe-related.

I believe there should only be a few files in there- not hundreds of thousands of new ones, being constantly generated every day and gradually accumulating into a vast repository of files.

Morever it was not easy to trash those files- moving them to the trash required my Admin Password and after that the only way to delete them from the trash was to force-delete.

I'm not sure, but I suspected those files were being generated by AdobeResourceSynchronizer so I trashed it, but it re-created itself.

So to stop this process I have now deleted Photoshop Elements from my system including everything associated with it. Currently the only Adobe products I have installed are Adobe Reader, Acrobat Professional, and Flash Player and the problem seems to have gone away - but I no longer have Photoshop Elements and I don't feel like re-installing it, because it will restart the rogue process.

Others are also experiencing this issue - seemingly with other Adobe applications. There is a discussion thread about it at:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/38891...

Can you help me (and the others)? I'd be most grateful.
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Can anyone offer me any help with this? It's been a while since I posted it.