Removing Unwanted non-mac icons in the menu bar in Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mucup, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. mucup macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    Hi I am just wondering if anyone knows how to delete unwanted non-mac menu bar icons - I know the mac icons come out with :apple: drag. But I've got this annoying Norton Antivirus icon and I can't drag it out of the menu bar. [​IMG]

    It's quite annoying so any help would be fantastic.

  2. mucup thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    I've tried to look into the system preferences and the quickmenu part. But it doesn't open because it's an intel mac. Please help.
  3. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
    Should be box in Preferences, "show status in menu bar" . Just uncheck it. But i dont have Norton so Im not 100% on it. But all other application I ever use have it that way
    Edit What do you mean by "it doesnt open cos its inteli imac"
  4. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    I'd like to solve this one as well. I have an orphaned Western Digital backup software icon and even after a deinstall I could not remove it.
  5. mediaguru macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2006
    The middle of BentFork, TN
    For some menu extra icons, you can hold down the Command key and simply drag (or re-arrange) them off the menu bar.
  6. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Unfortunately my icon is not one of those. I imagine I will have to find the WD CD and deinstall the software instead of the drag to trash from the applications folder that I did. This will be my last WD purchase for sure.
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I guess I'm glad I didn't install any WD backup software since I'm just using Time Machine because I love my My Book external hard drive. Sorry to hear about the trouble.
  8. mucup thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    Hey guys thanks for all your help - I figured it out - I went straight to the baby makers (Symantec) and there is this live customer chat support program for which I am happy about, and it's excellent support without the use of telephone. So I went here and signed up and the guy told me to download this and it deleted everything that had anything to do with Symantec off of my beautiful mac, including the stubborn menu bar icon I was attempting to rid. And now it's gone gone gone gone gone! That was really a lucky find but it worked so well I'm going to buy Symantec all lolly pops.
  9. tomeeetom macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    this is not a good all-round solution

    There must be a better way to remove any non-mac menu item. i have two orphaned icons: The Missing Sync and Spanning Sync (guess i decided syncing is not all it's cracked up to be!). Surely some setting somewhere? or some file to delete? some script to edit?? anyone?
  10. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    For spanning sync you can remove it through System Preferences - Spanning Sync - Advanced - Show Status in menu bar.

    Probably a similar setting for The Missing Sync.
  11. sideshow45 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    how about Mimeo Lifeagent?

    I accidentally installed "Mimeo Lifeagent" (completely worthless backup program that came loaded on my external and looked like drivers or something). When i immediately uninstalled it, it orphaned a menu bar icon. I haven't been able to get it off. I also cleared the external to reformat it, so i don't have the software to reinstall.
  12. Jameson17 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    me too

    I also have an orphaned Memeo LifeAgent icon that came with my Western Digital MyBook and has been plaguing my menu bar for months.

    There has to be some way to get rid of this ugly and completely useless icon. I've looked all over and no one has any answers. Not even Memeo.

    Please don't let Western Digital win this one! :apple:
  13. rjhfractal macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2009
    Easy solution to remove icon

    I had the exact same problem. If you reinstall the software - available as a trail download from their website - then use the uninstall option available from the Finder/Applications folder. This will remove the icon as well as the program.
  14. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Take a look in Library/LaunchDaemons (root library most likely, not user library), and see if there's anything related to that. Also, you can open the Terminal and enter "ps -au 0" (that's a zero, and make sure you don't enter the quotes) and again look to see if you see anything that looks related. If you do, make note of the path, then go delete that file (don't empty the Trash unless you're sure it's the right thing though, you can leave it there and it will be inactive), then restart or log out/in. Anything up there has to have a process running, so you should be able to track it that way.

  15. RamSlack macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2006
    NW Washington
    Yes, going to the website and downloading the most current version, installing it, and then using the uninstall application successfully removed the Memeo LifeAgent icon from the menu bar.
  16. ososound macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    bye memeo

    it works Perfect

  17. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I think you'll have to post it louder, that was 2 years ago.
  18. Flightfreak macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2011
    I realize this is an old thread...

    But I wanted to post the way I fixed my annoying non-Mac icon.

    First, I went into Activity Monitor and ended the menu item's process. In my case, it reopened itself (probably for a safeguard against crashing) quickly, so it took a Finder window with the Menubar .app in it. I ended it, then quickly dragged the menubar .app into the trash can, then emptied it. I was removing LogMeIn Hamachi bar, because I didn't need it. When I restored, though, the actual program still worked! :) Hope this helps!
  19. FEdward macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    Shreveport, LA
    Did the trick!

    That works w/the now orphaned MobileMe menu icon. Once you move to iCloud, the option to "Show (or not show) icon in Menu Bar" is unavailable in the preference pane. Dragging off the bar while holding the Command Key did it as suggested.
  20. poppatm macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2014
    San Diego
    RemoveSymantecMacFiles removal utility

    Thanks to MUCUP
    Worked like a champ, great find. If only other software vendors would create scripts to completely remove their leftover junk.

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