Mac – How to remove uninvited Google apps from launchpad

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At the time of writing this, you get stuck with a bunch of Google apps added to your Mac’s Launchpad when you install Google Chrome.

These are:

  • Google Chrome (to be expected)
  • Google Drive
  • Gmail
  • YouTube and
  • Google Search

I found this to be annoyingly intrusive and a modification that I didn’t ask for nor agree to. I found it even more frustrating that you don’t simply navigate to your Applications folder to remove the uninvited guests.

Instead, you must navigate  to your users folder (Right-click on finder icon –> Go To Folder… –> enter forward slash [/] hit enter), enter your user account folder, find the Applications sub-folder and here we find a new folder named Chrome Apps.

Deleting the Chrome Apps folder removes the icons from Launchpad.

Register ActiveX DLL or OCX Files on 64-BIT Windows

regsvr32 c:\WINDOWS\system32\WebAgent4.ocx
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If you receive an error when registering a 32-bit DLL or OCX on a 64-bit version of Windows, follow these steps:

 

1. Open an elevated command prompt – its important the command window has Administrator access otherwise you will continue to see errors:

 

in Windows Vista or 7:
Select Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-click on “Command Prompt” in the Accessories
Click “Run as Administrator”

 

in Windows 8:
Open the “Quick Link” menu (by holding down the Windows 8 logo key  and pressing the X key)
Select “Command Prompt (Admin)”
Select “Yes” to allow changes

 

2. If the 32-bit DLL or OCX is in the %systemroot%\System32 folder, move it to the %systemroot%\SysWoW64 folder.

 

3.Run the following command:
%systemroot%\SysWoW64\regsvr32 <full path of the DLL or OCX>


In my example this would be: %systemroot%\SysWOW64\regsvr32 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\WebAgent4.OCX
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^Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/249873