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Since updating to Mavericks, I ran Purge King as I normally would and now all apps e.g. App Store have disappeared.

I managed to get most of them back into the dock but the App Store has gone totally and the Mail.app won't work now either. Now all my apps in Launchpad are missing.

Any ideas how to get the apps back? I have since uninstalled purge king.

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    1) What is "Purge King"? 2) Did you make a Time Machine backup, or other form of backup, before you upgraded to Mavericks? Can you restore your apps and files from that backup, or revert your entire system to where it was before you installed Mavericks? – user9290 Oct 26 '13 at 0:10
  • Purge King doesn't show up on Google in any way I can find, so I'm very confused. – Alan Shutko Oct 26 '13 at 3:20
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A quick google search for purge king came up with no results so the following answer is simply me going out on a limb here picturing the worst case scenario where said application deleted all applications including 3rd party apps and built in stock applications.

Your best bet in this case would be to restore from a time machine backup. As I don't know what purge king exactly did the best way would be to do the following

  1. Connect your time machine backup drive directly to your machine (if it is an Apple Time Capsule then you can skip this step)
  2. Enter the time machine and delete any backup that has been created after your apps disappeared
  3. Restart your Mac and hold down the "R" key on your keyboard while it is turning on.
  4. Follow the on screen prompts to choose your language etc.
  5. Choose the "Restore from Time Machine Backup" option and click Continue.
  6. Select the backup drive on the presented list and restore your computer

This will essentially wipe your drive clean and put onto it your most recent backup from the drive, in this case, the most recent backup that you left undeleted from step 2.


If you don't have a Time Machine backup, from my knowledge (and I could be wrong) I am unaware of another way to retrieve the stock mac applications back without doing a complete system format and reinstall. Airdropping the applications from another Mac may work but it sounds like other information that the applications require to operate are also missing/damaged (which is the most likely scenario for the Mail app). Your last resort option if you don't have a time machine backup would be to:

  1. Setup a time machine drive (either on an Apple Time Capsule or an external drive)
  2. Backup your entire computer.
  3. Restart your Mac and hold down the "R" key on your keyboard while it is turning on.
  4. Follow the onscreen prompts to choose your language etc.
  5. Choose the "Reinstall OSX" option and click Continue.
  6. Once OSX has finished reinstalling and you are on your desktop, connect your backup drive to your Mac, enter Time Machine and restore all your personal data and anything else you would need.

The only problem to this approach is that your applications will be erased. You could restore them from the time machine backup but this could possibly cause similar problems that you encountered with the Mail app.


If you don't have a Time Machine backup from the very beginning, this would be a good lesson to ALWAYS have a plan B. Time Machine is the best plan B for Mac users that exists to date as it not only backs up your personal information, but your entire hard drive so even if your operating system became corrupt or your internal hard drive died, you could clone the backup onto a new drive, boot from it, and it will be as if nothing ever happened.

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Woah, thats quite odd. Have you tried just restarting the machine? I know for me, it had to redo a spotlight search but I doubt that would affect anything.

The only other thing I can think of is to run a permissions fix:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57595312-285/repair-disk-permissions-to-speed-up-your-mac/

  • While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – grg Jul 12 '14 at 17:33

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