I have two annoying icons in my menu bar. The first I have no clue at all. If I try to click on it, the pointer changes to the "waiting coloured ball". The second one relates to Malwarebytes that I deleted for I didn't trust. I would like these two "intruders" out of my way. Does anybody know how? Thanks your help Manuel

two strange icons

  • The first icon looks like Google Photos Backup. – Ghalid Mar 22 '18 at 16:48
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    For Malwarebytes, have you uninstalled the application? For the pinwheel, did you look in Finder under Applications to see any applications you don't recognize? – fsb Mar 22 '18 at 16:48
  • Thanks @fsb, the pinwheel looks the same icon as Google Photos Backup, does it have to stay inn the menu bar? I believe I uninstalled Malwarebytes since it is no longer available, however I still received offers for the upgraded version – Manuel Baptista Mar 22 '18 at 17:01
  • Thanks @Ghalid, indeed it looks the same icon as Google Photos Backup, however I only not have Google Photos on my iPad and iPhone, not in the MacBookPro. – Manuel Baptista Mar 22 '18 at 17:05
  • @Ghalid, sorry I mean I only have Google Photos on the iPad and iPhone, I do not have it in my desk top Mac – Manuel Baptista Mar 22 '18 at 17:06

If you simply want to remove the icons from the menu bar, you can ⌘-Click the icons and then drag them out of the menu bar, one at a time. Be sure to drag them down far enough so a little ⓧ icon appears on the cursor.

However, that doesn't uninstall whatever application put them in the menu bar in the first place. If you want to uninstall the original application, you'll need to figure where the menu bar items came from.

You can use the Accessibility Inspector tool to start to understand which applications originally installed the menu bar icons. Follow the instructions from this Ask Different Q&A for how to use Accessibility Inspector. Essentially, it comes down to:

  1. Clicking the crosshair/reticle button in the toolbar reticle button
  2. Clicking the menu bar icon in question
  3. Clicking SHOW in the Accessibility Inspector's Hierarchy section

From there, you should be able to search around online for instructions on how to uninstall a specific application.

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