I installed DbVisualize in Ubuntu 12.04. Now I don't want to use it anymore, so I deleted the folder "DBVisualizer" in my Home folder. Problem is I can still see the icon in the Dash.

How could I remove it completely from my system (for other apps too)?

  • uninstalling software usually cannot be done by deleting a folder. it depends how u installed it. so plz specify how the install has been done then can someone help you
    – Ashu
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 13:48
  • I run a "sh" file to install the software. So I thought I could uninstall it by deleting the folder. Commented May 21, 2012 at 23:16
  • there would also be an uninstall.sh (most prob there is one) in the same folder.
    – Ashu
    Commented May 22, 2012 at 13:37

3 Answers 3


Dash picks up its entries from .desktop files placed in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications.

Deleting the .desktop file corresponding to your program should remove its entry from Dash.


I had the same issue, this seems to be quite a common problem. Ubuntu should include a MENU editor by default.

First I uninstalled the application, then I deleted all references from the following folder:


Rebooted....but never resolved my issue.

So installed this MENU editor:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caldas-lopes/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ezame

and delete unwanted icons.

  • /usr/local/share/applications is exactly what I was looking for when I stumbled across your answer. Thanks!
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 21:46

Actually, you should delete programs through Synaptic or Software center, but not simple by deleting the application folder. Also, you can delete the application icon from the unity dashboard by right-clicking it and than clicking on the "Unlock from Launcher".

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