How to Uninstall Hook

If you wish to remove all traces of Hook on your Mac then you can follow the enumerated list of steps below.

We recommend you read the entire list first. Moreover, please keep in mind that Hook is responsible for linking documents. It does not create many documents, except that you can create “.hook” files (an advanced, PRO, feature.. Hook’s handy Link to New feature creates files of third party apps (e.g., in Pages, Excel, etc.). Those are not Hook files per se. So, odds are you will not want to delete them.

The steps for completely removing traces of Hook on your system are:

  1. Remove the Hook application from the /Applications folder, or wherever you stored it.
  2. Remove Hook’s application support folder from your Library folder: ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.cogsciapps.hook.
  3. Remove Hook’s preferences file from your Library folder ~/Library/Preferences/com.cogsciapps.hook.plist.
  4. Consider removing some of, or the entire, “Hook” folder from your Documents folder: ~/Documents/Hook. But please keep in mind that this folder also contains documents that are created by Hook but are not Hook files per se. This is particularly true of the Notes folder, which is the default home for files created via Hook’s handy Link to New command.
  5. If you configured Hook to apply a Hook Finder tag to files it creates via Link to New, then use Spotlight to find all files with this Finder tag. (Simply search for tag:Hook in Spotlight). You can then remove the Hook Finder tag as you would any other Finder tag. (See: How do I remove a Tag from a document in … – Apple Community.)
  6. Files created with Link to New have a meta-data tag named com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms. This is a feature that will be removed as of version 1.1.3 or 1.2 of Hook. Users can use the command line incantation xattr -d com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms <pathname> on files created with Link to New. Drag and drop all such files in terminal where you would have typed <pathname>.
  7. Use Spotlight to search for and remove files ending with .hook.

Please keep in mind, also, that tags virtually do not consume space, nor do they survive email transfer or most syncing operations. Moreover, “.hook” files are extremely small (typically just one line).

See also: How to Backup and Restore Hook Data – Hook.

If Hook does not yet meet your needs, please feel free to send us an email to let us know why. This might help us improve Hook. (We also have an awesome product road map for this product.)