I've got an application in my Updates list which I never installed. It doesn't appear under Purchases nor Hidden Purchases. I can't hide it by right-clicking on it. When I click "Update" it asks me for some different Apple ID I've never heard of.

How can I get rid of the update showing up?

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  • Have you checked spotlight to be sure an external disk or a user account doesn't have that Application installed? You might need to run mdfind as root or enable the root user if some of the disk is not searchable by your user account.
    – bmike
    Dec 30 '12 at 20:21
  • Yup, there's nothing regarding that application.
    – Hedge
    Dec 30 '12 at 20:24
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    Also - the questions and answers here and there might be of use in narrowing this down.
    – bmike
    Dec 30 '12 at 20:25
  • Sadly none of the tips on these question-pages helped.
    – Hedge
    Dec 30 '12 at 20:57
  • Hmm - the App Store reads spotlight and your index has found an application bundle matching that app identifier. One of those answers had a step to rebuild your spotlight database. That will let you know if a filesystem contains that app.
    – bmike
    Dec 30 '12 at 21:59

I had the exact same problem and this solved it:

All app downloaded from Mac AppStore(MAS) contain a receipt inside their app bundle (example: appname.app/Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt). MAS will scan this file to check whether the new version is available.

You can use this application (Find Any File) to search any receipt on your drive: http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/

  1. Launch 'Find Any File' and search for: _MASReceipt
  2. Go through each result that you think could be the culprit, copy the receipt to your desktop as a backup, and after that delete the receipt inside _MASReceipt folder.
  3. Open MAS and let it scan for software update. If it's still showing the wrong ID, it means that you've deleted the wrong receipt. Restore the receipt backup from your desktop to it's previous location.
  4. Repeat the process until you've found the problem receipt.

You have the game 'Galaxy on Fire 2' installed. Remove it from all drives, even external drives. Empty trash, reboot, and go back to app store update, the update will then stop showing.


Or download EasyFind -- free from the Mac App Store -- which will quickly and easily find anything anywhere and belongs in every Mac's dock.


The grep -r "EnsensaSoft" will not work. It should be:

cd /Applications

and then

ls -ltr | grep -ir EnsensaSoft

In Terminal type:

cd /Applications

then type:

grep -r "EnsenaSoft"

This will deep search your applications folder for any sign of that application or it's receipt. It could take a while; if any results show up make a note of the path and then you can trash/delete the app.

Hit Control-C anytime during the grep search to cancel it.

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