AppBolish Manual

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Table of Contents

  1. Troubleshooting
    1. Apps still appearing in "Open with..." menu
    2. No apps appearing in Apps tab
  2. General
    1. Introduction
    2. Secure File Removal
    3. Wishlist


Apps still appearing in "Open with..." menu

The Launch Services database is maintained by the operating syetem and contains a cached list of all installed applications, and the file types they support. This is useful in applications like the Finder and its "Open With..." menu item option, or a file is double clicked, the Launch Services database is consulted to determine which application is necessary to read it.

The Launch Services database can become inaccurate due to the adding/removal of applications. Rarely you may need to rebuild the Launch Services database manually as Mac OS X's automatic function for doing this occasionally forgets to run.

Rebuilding the Launch Services Database
  1. Open using Spotlight in the menubar.
  2. Copy and paste the following and hit enter:
    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
  3. Restart your computer.

No apps appearing in Apps tab

Spotlight is likely still indexing the contents of your hard drive. Please wait until it completes and relaunch AppBolish.



Use AppBolish to uninstall software by simply dragging the executable (.app, prefPane, .saver, etc.) from the Application folder to the window in the Uninstall tab. Alternatively, click the Apps tab for a complete list of installed apps. AppBolish will then automatically scan the hard drive for logs, caches, application support files, preferences, and other related files.

Verify the list of files AppBolish found, and uncheck any you would like to keep on the computer, then click "Uninstall". After entering the administrator username and password, the files will be completely eradicated. The "View Log" button will appear if there was anything to note.

Secure File Removal

By default, AppBolish removes files using the standard delete feature in Mac OS X. However, for added security we have added the ability to not just delete, but make recovery of the deleted file(s) nearly impossible. The disadvantage being, this may substantially increase the amount of time to remove software.

To do this, AppBolish will overwrite files before deleting them. Files are overwritten three times, first with the byte pattern 0xff, then 0x00, and then 0xff again.

Turning on Secure Deletion
  1. Open the Preferences window.
  2. Click on the "General" tab.
  3. Choose any option aside from "Normal erasure" under the Erasure Mode menu.
  4. Remove any software product.

  • Create an Installer app for apps removed by the program to restore deleted files.
  • VoiceOver support.
  • Move files to Trash/other folder instead of deleting.
  • Watch for apps in trash.
  • AppleScript commands.
  • Ability to scan across multiple volumes and external drives.
  • Option to filter shared files from scan.
  • Scan HD for saved documents.
  • Scan sub-folders dropped for applications.
  • Launch/find custom app Uninstallers.
  • Update conditions dB from web.
  • List unused applications after X date.