I recently upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks and am now seeing a "Choose Application" dialog pop up every minute or two asking: "Where is the GrowlHelperApp.app?". I don't particularly want to buy the new version of Growl, so how can I determine which application is looking for it so that I can change it's preferences or remove it?

Choose Application dialog: Where is GrowlHelperApp.app?

Update: It turns out that it was an old Dashboard widget that was looking for Growl. I found this out by deleting all of my Dashboard widgets since I haven't used it in a while, but I'd still be interested in finding out how one would discover what is launching this dialog.

  • What apps are running when this pops up?
    – sdmeyers
    Nov 4, 2013 at 22:13

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You could have used sudo opensnoop to see what files are being opened or fseventer to see what files are being modified.

Those dialogs are often shown by AppleScripts that have reference a missing application. You could also have tried running mdfind GrowlHelperApp, but it doesn't search the contents of compiled scripts or scripts saved as applications.


Helped me solve this problem I am having an awful lot of time. The mdfind GrowlHelperApp with combo of deleteting the resource files found helped me to remove the annoying popup window. In my case, Firefox was the rooting problem app.

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