7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2011 10:22 PM by Dah•veed
Allan Marcus1 Level 1 (45 points)



I copied an app from a friend to test it. I didn't like it and deleted it. Unfortunately the Mac App Store still thinks it's installed.


Any idea how to remove an item from the Updates list (not the purchased list, the updates list).





Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)

    If you tested the app and believe that you removed it, then it should not be showing up with an update. Do you have a backup drive connected to your Mac that may still have this app on it? The MAS would be able to see an app even on a connected backup.

  • Allan Marcus1 Level 1 (45 points)

    So I checked my TIme Machine back up, and no, the app is not there. Thanks for the hint.


    The App is Twitter, which is a free app. I tried to download it with my ID, and when I try, this is what happens:


    Find Twittre in the Mac App Store.

    Click on the "Free" button

    Click on the Install App button

    Sign in sheet opens with my friend's Apple ID filled in.

    I change the Apple ID to my own, enter my password and hit Sign In.

    I then get: There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later (4).

    Then a second sheet: Unknown Error


    I am able to download other apps.


    Any idea how to tell the Path the MAS thinks the app is in?

  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)

    This solution for finding pirated MAS apps may also help you hunt down what is being seen by the MAS;


    Finding a pirated app

    All MAS apps have a MAS receipt in their app bundle. Check any app acquired from the MAS. Right click on the app's icon in your Apps folder and choose Show package contents. In the Contents folder is a _MASReceipt folder and in that folder is the coded MAS receipt. It has the Apple ID of the MAS account that bought/acquired the app from the MAS. It is that receipt that the MAS uses to alert you that an app has an update. There would not be a notice of an update with someone else's Apple ID showing in the MAS on your Mac, if there was not an app with a receipt from this person's account somewhere on your Mac.


    Download the free app FindAnyFile (FAF);



    This app is easier to use and seems to be more powerful than Spotlight. Open FAF and in the box type _MASReceipt and press Find. It should come up with a list of every app on the Mac with a MAS receipt. Compare the apps with receipts in FAF's list with your purchased apps list in the Mac App Store. The odd app out should be the pirated app.

  • Allan Marcus1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I wouldn't exactly called the free Twitter app Pirated if I copied from another person. The app is free.


    I used both locate on CLI and FindAnyFile and was able to locate all my AppStore apps, but not twitter.


    I then used fs_usage and monitored the App Store process, which led me to come plist and cache files, which I deleted but no luck, twitter was still there.



  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)

    I did not say that the app was pirated. I said that this process for finding pirated apps might also help you with your problem.


    However, now that you have brought it up, whether the app is free or not, the Apple End User License Agreement for apps acquired through the MAS does not authorize anyone to copy an app acquired with someone else's Apple ID. It is pirating.

  • Allan Marcus1 Level 1 (45 points)

    turns out after watching fs_usage when hitting the Update button for the App, it was a pirated app. SOmehow a pirated version of FaceBook got on my computer. I deleted it and all is well.


    Thanks for all your help.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)

    De nada amigo.


    Thank You for extending the courtesy of awarding points to comments that are helpful or provide answers in the Apple Support Communities, as this is not mandatory, but it is much appreciated!