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Removing Messages and Game Center 11 Aug 2015 17:20 #1817

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I want to remove or stop programs like messages and game center from running. I am not very good with scripts, but tried a couple and I am not getting the results I want. For example, I can remove or hide game center from the applications folder but not from launch pad.

Any Suggestions?

Removing Messages and Game Center 13 Aug 2015 11:54 #1819

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Hello cnicholson,
1) You could create a Fileset with the app from the Applications folder and push over to the computers, wait until it gets activated and the make it inactive from the Associations view.
2) You can stop the application process by creating a script that looks for the running process and a Daemon that launches the script and keeps it alive so it can kill the target process every time the user launches the application.

** The following script will kill the messages process:

installosxinstances=$(ps -xa |grep -i "" |grep -v grep |awk {'print $1'})
kill -9 $installosxinstances
exit 0

** This is the daemon that goes in /Library/LaunchDaemons :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" " ">
<plist version="1.0">


I am attaching this fileset so you can check it and modify it to stop also other processes.

Removing Messages and Game Center 06 Nov 2015 16:02 #1964

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I am having a similar issue. I applied your fix and it worked great for about a day. Then the children figured out that they could duplicate the messages app (named messages app copy) and it would bypass the script. All they have to do now is duplicate it multiple times and it's hard to keep up. What I finally had to do was create a corrupt version of messages so even though they duplicate it, it won't work.

It's only a matter of time before they rename the app to something else to bypass that quick fix.
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Removing Messages and Game Center 26 Jan 2016 20:31 #2159

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Hi all,

Yes, I'm late to the game, but for future searchers, there are a few ways to approach this.

1) Create a fileset of the program in question, i.e. /Applications/
Once the fileset is created, change the permissions (Mode) of /Applications/Messages/app/Contents/MacOS/Messages by removing the execute (X) bits. The program will still be there, but the OS can't launch it. Initially, there is much frustrated clicking.

2) In the case of the App Store, I made a fileset of from 10.8.x, and push it to every 10.10.x machine. Again, it's there, but it will never launch, OS X gets grumpy about two version old software ;-)

3) Create a fileset of /Applications/
Rename the application you wish to be rid of, i.e., then push this to the necessary machines. Prepare to answer support calls on why Notes keeps opening.

What you must keep in mind is, most point releases and some security patches will overwrite the files you've carefully sabotaged. Thus, they will work again, until Filewave updates. Additionally, a permission repair is all it takes to undo number 1 (again, until Filewave updates). If your users have write permission to the /Applications folder (or admin rights), all of this is moot - they can do whatever they want, including replacing corrupted apps. Same applies if they can execute applications from anywhere.
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