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OSX - alternative to using finder for searches

Hi guys,
We're at a highschool where the students each have MacBooks. We monitor the usage with Remote Desktop and a 3rd party app called Lanschool. The students sometimes install something like "PwnSchool" to block our monitoring of them. If we take an individual MacBook which has this installed and simply search in the top right finder (magnifying glass) for pwnschool it doesn't find anything. Also I like to be able to do wildcard searches (star dot file extension etc.)

We tried linux commands (find -name) etc. but it gives permission denied problems. Do we have to login with su or something? I don't think the MacBooks have a root user by default? Let me know if you need more details.
Thank you
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Probably best to use


also open Activity viewer to try to work out what the process is called

grep      Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern
If you have OSX server there you should also build a template installer image and use Netboot to do fast re-instals
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This may be oversimplifying things but couldn't you just open finder window and type command-f? I'm not up to snuff on Leopard and above but Tiger and lower allow you to change the criterion for the search to include "invisible" files et al. Maybe give it a shot?
Yes. You should change the search criteria to search for invisible and system files.
rshsAuthor Commented:
I was typing a detailed response regarding the linux commands etc. but the site went down for maintenance and I lost it. Thank you for your suggestions - the command-f thing will work I suppose.

Also, yes we have an OSX server running Deploystudio but we'd have to prove the student is doing the wrong thing before imaging their MacBook.
rshsAuthor Commented:
It isn't an exact answer to my initial question but a workable solution nonetheless.
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