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My spotlight is acting a bit scatchy, it shows every program as a rar? archive.

Did a rebuild of the index file. Did a repair permissions.

Who can Help me?

Strange spotlight

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I have this same issue. It goes away after a reboot, but comes back afterwards. Did you manage to solve this? – malvim Apr 25 '14 at 2:39
Sadly still no! – SoundmattersNL Apr 28 '14 at 11:14

Restart the SystemUIServer

killall -HUP SystemUIServer

Reboot into Safe Mode

Boot holding ⇧, login, wait a bit, then reboot normally.

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That did the trick! Thank You So Much! – SoundmattersNL Jan 7 '14 at 8:24
Oke sadly they reappear after some time... at first they look fine! after a couple of minutes, they start to change to that rar file icon again... sadly :( – SoundmattersNL Jan 7 '14 at 8:29

Thread about this problem at Apple forum

This is open bug known by Apple, as mentioned by rei_vilo Mar 28, 2014

Temporary solutions might be:

  • Permission Repair with Disk Utility
  • Rebuild Launch Services Database sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -seed
  • Restart the SystemUIServer killall -HUP SystemUIServer
  • Rebuild Spotlight index sudo mdutil -E /
  • If installed Parallel Desktop turn off "Share Windows applications with Mac"
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