I was at home with no other computer and thought I'd have to do a complete reinstall; luckily for me, I just got an iPhone. Armed with the device, google and a jug of orange juice (we all have our oddities) I found a blog post about this very problem:
The post basically tells you to boot into single user mode (cmnd+S during startup), check the disk (/sbin/fsck -fy), mount it (/sbin/mount -uw /) and rm -rf the following items:
- /Library/Preference Panes/Application Enhancer.prefpane
For some reason this didn't work for me (I was met with "read-only file system" after each command), so I ended up just booting to the Leopard Install DVD (hold c during startup), entering terminal and deleting the files through there like so:
1. cd /Volume/osx
2. rm -rf /Library/Preference Panes/Application Enhancer.prefpane
3. rm -rf /Library/Frameworks/ApplicationEnhancer.framework
4. rm -rf /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/ApplicationEnhancer.bundle
5. rm -rf /Library/Preferences/com.unsanity.ape.plist
Once this is done, all I had to do was repair disk permissions (use the Disk Utility bundled with the Leopard Install DVD).
And now here I am, blogging about it in hopes that this knowledge will help someone else.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must return to whatever it was I was supposed to be doing before I got distracted. Now where did I put that Urban Sombrero...