Late last week, a troubling issue with Adobe Creative Cloud popped up. Fortunately, Adobe is now working on a fix, and has stopped issuing the update that was causing all of the issues.
With an update to Adobe Creative Cloud version 18.104.22.168, users were reporting that Creative Cloud was deleting folders on the root drive without authorization. Originally thought to be limited to customers of online backup service Backblaze, it was quickly found to have affected just about everyone.
Adobe is now aware of the issue. Speaking to Ars Technica, an Adobe spokesperson says a fix is in the works:
We are aware that some customers have experienced this issue and we are investigating in order to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. We are stopping the distribution of the update until the issue has been resolved.
If you haven’t updated your Creative Cloud suite yet — don’t. If you have, I hope you’re not missing any critical files. The deletion is absolute.
The problem only exists when you login to Creative Cloud so if you’ve updated already, don’t use it. The folder deletion seems to be alphabetical, so creating a hidden ‘.a—‘ folder may be helpful.
If you want to do that, enter “cd /“ in terminal, followed by “sudo mkdir /.aaaaaaa” or a file name of your choosing.