The main purpose of Desktop Inspector is to detect whether, on the Desktop or in any other location, there are unknown invisible items, i.e. files or folders you created unwillingly or by accident, or were created by a third-party software.
Third-party-installed invisible items are usually necessary for a given software to work, although they may also have been planted to act as a malware.

Invisible items (i.e. folders and files) are shown with different icons: 'friendly' (smiley) icons refer to invisible system-files and folders, while 'exclamatory' icons refer to unknown invisible items. In order not to compromise the computer’s expected behavior, ‘friendly’ items by default may not be moved to trash, while unknown invisible ones may be moved to trash. Only enabling the relevant option in the Preferences, ‘friendly’ items too can be moved to trash.
Yet the application, by itself, does not know the names of all the system-files and folders, and obviously does not know which unknown invisible item has been created by a ‘honest’ third-party software. When in doubt, through the ‘Look Up’ function (available right-clicking an item), the name of the selected item will be searched online for you to get an idea about it. Then, should you consider it a friendly one, you can add its name to the internal database.

Of each element, the application shows the Operating System's own description and part of its content in computer language.

What's New

Version 1.1.1

Fixed some aesthetic issues in Sierra.

Ratings and Reviews



This is the nearest nothing app ever. If you are a programer or experienced technician it may be of some use. A huge wase of money. I would have given it a BIG 0 if it were an option.

So What Does It Actually DO?


I tried to use this.I found a hidden file. I clicked to find online what it did which just took me to Google.There was no way to delete the file that I could find.To me this is a wate of hardrive space.I can use command prompts to find hidden files.I wanted an easy way to find them identify if they are files hidden for malware etc. & remove them.This program claims to do that & does not.


Carlo Rubini
5.3 MB
OS X 10.7.5 or later
English, Italian
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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