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    I keep recieving unwanted updates
    I use to have an HP printer installed/connected to my imac but I uninstalled it yet I still receive updates for the printer.


    How do I stop this?

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    Can try going to /Library/Reciepts and looking for a reciept, although mine doesn't have one. Do a search in Spotlight for HP and see if it uninstalled all of it.
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    In addition to using Spotlight, try Finder > Cmd-F. I've found that it does a more thorough job than Spotlight in finding hidden files. For example, with Cmd-F, type .plist in the search field. You'll be presented with all the preference files, and you can search for any that have HP.

    A search of my Mac HD > Library > Receipts shows HewlettPackardPrinterDrivers.pkg even though I've never used a HP device, so the receipt must natively be part of the OS.

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    There was an Apple update for HP printer drivers within the last week or so, probably just this. Nothing to worry about.

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    Thanks to all!!!

    I checked the receipt folder on my HD and there was no HP, however, I did look into my update folder and found Hp Printer Drivers Update.dist and a folder that reads Packages.


    Did this come with Imac prior to me installing an HP printer or is it something that was left behind after I uninstalled it? Is it something I can trash?

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    Look in the application and preferences folders and see if drivers are still installed. If so trash them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Look in the application and preferences folders and see if drivers are still installed. If so trash them.
    How do I do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macswitcha View Post
    Thanks to all!!!

    I checked the receipt folder on my HD and there was no HP, however, I did look into my update folder and found Hp Printer Drivers Update.dist and a folder that reads Packages.
    Have you searched BOTH Library folders for Receipts? There's a Receipts folder in both Users > Library; and Mac HD > Library.

    You can trash the .dist file - here's the info about it DIST File Extension - Open .DIST files

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macswitcha View Post
    How do I do this?
    Using Cmd-F in Finder, type .plist in the Search field. There are hundreds of preference files, so the job will take a while.

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