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

  • I have this same issue. It goes away after a reboot, but comes back afterwards. Did you manage to solve this?
    – malvim
    Apr 25, 2014 at 2:39
  • Sadly still no!
    – Tim Tjomme
    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:14

2 Answers 2


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"

Restart the SystemUIServer

killall -HUP SystemUIServer

Reboot into Safe Mode

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

  • 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 :(
    – Tim Tjomme
    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:29

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