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I've deleted apps that were purchased through the Mac AppStore. I used "CleanApp" to delete the parts left in app support folders.

But I still see notifications of updates in the AppStore app.

I know I can hide the app name in the Purchases tab, but is there any way to remove these notifications permanently?

It is not just a cosmetic thing. If I have multiple updates and I select "Update All Apps", the deleted apps will be reinstalled.

Please note I am asking about the Mac App Store, not the iOS Store.

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Eject all your disks to ensure spotlight isn't seeing the application on another partition or volume. The App Store uses spotlight, so you could also search here about rebuilding that database in case it's not the apps themselves and instead the index. – bmike Sep 27 '12 at 17:43
ah thanks.. I do have a backup drive and TM drive. I will reindex spotlight. If it works, can I mark this as the correct answer? – David DelMonte Sep 27 '12 at 19:05
It would be best for you to add whatever answer works for you. You're doing the testing and I just had an idea for you to try (or two). Comments can be voted, but not selected as an answer or migrated to become one. – bmike Sep 27 '12 at 19:09
ok. i will likely test this overnight, as I dont want to unmount my drives during the day.. I really appreciate the idea! – David DelMonte Sep 27 '12 at 19:29
Thanks bmike. Finally got around to reindexing without the other drives. Your solution was spot on. – David DelMonte Sep 29 '12 at 14:01
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Usually this is a problem with spotlight.

The simplest step is to shut down the mac, disconnect all external drives, and start up to make sure no extra volumes are mounted. The next step would be to rebuild the spotlight index.

Lastly, search in other user accounts to be sure another user didn't somehow install or copy that App into their home folder.

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I had the same problem and suggest you try a more relaxed solution.

Instead of spending considerable time on rebooting and rebuilding indexes, use spotlight to search for the application. Select "Show all in finder", throw all instances in the garbage can and empty it.

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Great idea. Welcome to Ask Different. – David DelMonte Nov 4 '13 at 8:57
This worked for me! Thank you. – asmaier Nov 6 '15 at 14:55

Thanks for your tips An eventual solution: I searched for other instances of some apps, found a copy on another disk, but since I didn't want to totally delete it, I instead zipped it and then deleted the app. Quite obvious, maybe, but... The annoying update alerts are gone.

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Loading the metadata plist works when Mac App Store shows updates for uninstalled apps:

Turn off spotlight:

sudo mdutil -a -i off

Unload it:

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Load It:

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Turn on spotlight again:

sudo mdutil -a -i on

Now everything is reindexed and there shouldn't be any updates for uninstalled apps.

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All you have to do to solve it is the following:

  1. Right-klick on Your App and click Show Package Contents

  2. Navigate to Contents/_MASReceipt/

  3. Open the file receipt in text edit

  4. Search (Cmd+F) for "angry"

  5. Delete the whole paragraph, containing com.NAMEofYOURproblemAPP

  6. Save. Since you don´t have permission to edit system files, you will have to save the new receipt file somewhere else, then replace the old one with the edited after entering your password.

  7. Done

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