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This seems really weird to me.

I followed the instructions given here

and deleted the apk files of some stock applications like Layar. I also removed the odex files if I could find them.

Strangely, even after wiping the cache and a reboot, I can still run the apps from my launcher.

Samsung Galaxy S with CWM 3.2

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Have you checked that apk file exists after reboot or not? – Evil Angel Sep 19 '12 at 8:55
try browsing /system/app using root explorer and delete from there. Then reboot. – Web-E Sep 19 '12 at 10:56
@SachinShekhar yes, the apk file doesn't exist any more in the folder /system/app – Konstantin Schubert Sep 19 '12 at 16:04
@ Web-E that's what I did at the beginning in order to get it deleted. – Konstantin Schubert Sep 19 '12 at 16:04
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Some vendors set up their phones to reinstall system applications at boot in case they go missing. Try finding a directory that contains a copy of the APK that's used to reinstall it, and delete it from there.

A simple alternative solution is to freeze the unwanted apps rather than uninstalling them. Titanium Backup and Link2SD can help you with that (both require root). In ICS+, there's also a user-accessible mechanism to deactivate apps from the settings menu.

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Solved it: For some of the installed apk files, there seems to exist a copy in the folder /data/app . Even though the files there follow a different naming scheme, it is possible to pick out the corresponding ones. After deleting /data/app/ (and after wiping the cache) the app finally disappeared from my launcher. – Konstantin Schubert Sep 21 '12 at 17:18
Ah, good! These may have been auto-updated versions of the original apps installed in /system/app. -- Thanks for accepting! – altruizine Sep 21 '12 at 20:01

Clear dalvik-cache, and you are done.

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