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Old Nov 5, 2014, 08:56 AM   #151
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While this thread is a few months old, I'll add this for those who might find it in a search:

UPDATE for OS X 10.9 Mavericks: It has been discovered that on this version of OS X, Finder may not produce search results from Library folders unless the search is started in the Library folder, even if System Files are included in the search criteria. You can either perform the following search once for your entire computer, then repeat it from the Library folders, or you may elect to use a Finder alternative app until this issue is resolved.

To manually remove an application and all associated files:
  1. Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes", then make sure the app you want to remove is not running. If it is, quit the process before proceeding.

    In some cases, when you try to quit a process, it automatically relaunches. If that is the case, you can check the following locations for apps that automatically launch on startup and delete any you don't need/want, including the app you want to delete:

    • System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items (SL and older: System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items)
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/StartupItems

    Once you've removed the app from the startup list, restart your Mac and proceed with the uninstall process below.

  2. Launch Finder (see image below) and search your entire hard drive for the app name (hopefully unique, such as Skype)

  3. In Finder, select View > "as List", if you haven't already done so. Do not use "as Icons" for this procedure.

  4. You can narrow the search to specific folders or search your whole Mac, which is preferred

  5. In Snow Leopard and earlier, click "File Name" instead of "Contents" for better results.
    In Lion and later, click the + button below the search term, then select "Name" "Contains" and enter the app name. (see image)
    Attachment 357383
  6. Click the + button below the search term to add criteria, then click the search criteria drop-down and select "Other...", then "System files"

  7. Click the "aren't included" and change to "are included"

  8. Sort by name, kind, date, etc. to identify components of the app, such as folders, .plist files, cache files. etc.

  9. Delete all files and folders related to the app.

  10. Don't empty your Trash until you've determined that everything is working OK, in case you need to restore something you deleted by accident.

  11. A reboot might be necessary to completely remove some apps.
Attachment 338830
Click here to see a video demonstration of this procedure, created by simsaladimbamba.

Edit: In some rare instances, an app may create hidden files or folders. In such instances, follow steps 6 and 7, then repeat those steps to add another criteria, this time choosing "File visibility" > "Visible or Invisible". Then proceed with the remainder of the steps.

Thanks again for posting this greta tutorial.

I have one issue that I can not understand.

After having looked for "pieces" of an application with the above mentioned criteria, I can not find anything else using standard Finder search.

I have tried to open one simple document folder, I typed the name of a file in it and nothing appears.

What am I doing wrong?

I am under Yosemite.


Edit:
By the way, if I reboot and perform the same search, I find everything. What happens?


Thanks,
Daniele

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Old Nov 5, 2014, 09:18 AM   #152
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I have one issue that I can not understand.
After having looked for "pieces" of an application with the above mentioned criteria, I can not find anything else using standard Finder search.
I have tried to open one simple document folder, I typed the name of a file in it and nothing appears.
What am I doing wrong?
I am under Yosemite.
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By the way, if I reboot and perform the same search, I find everything. What happens?
Your inconsistent search results could indicate a need to try re-indexing your drive:
Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/your drive name"
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 09:32 AM   #153
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Your inconsistent search results could indicate a need to try re-indexing your drive:
Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/your drive name"
Thanks,
will it take long?
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 09:40 AM   #154
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will it take long?
Daniele
It could take up to several hours, depending on the size and type of your drive, and the number of files you have.
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Old Jan 24, 2015, 01:04 PM   #155
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While this thread is a few months old, I'll add this for those who might find it in a search:...
I appreciate all the great information that has been posted here about uninstalling apps.

Is there an update to this procedure for OS X 10.10 Yosemite?
It appears as though the find methodology has changed somewhat from Mavericks 10.9.

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Old Jan 24, 2015, 01:13 PM   #156
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I appreciate all the great information that has been posted here about uninstalling apps.

Is there an update to this procedure for OS X 10.10 Yosemite?
It appears as though the find methodology has changed somewhat from Mavericks 10.9.
i would like to know this, too.
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I appreciate all the great information that has been posted here about uninstalling apps.

Is there an update to this procedure for OS X 10.10 Yosemite?
It appears as though the find methodology has changed somewhat from Mavericks 10.9.
In what way do you see that the find methodology changed in Yosemite?
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Old Jan 24, 2015, 01:47 PM   #158
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Actually I am still in Mavericks, but was doing a search on a similar computer in Yosemite. Most likely it's my user error, but when I get to step #5 in your procedure, I don't see a + button, just a greyed out - button. Thus, I can't select "Name" etc. as shown in Attachment #357383

What might I be doing wrong?
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Actually I am still in Mavericks, but was doing a search on a similar computer in Yosemite. Most likely it's my user error, but when I get to step #5 in your procedure, I don't see a + button, just a greyed out - button. Thus, I can't select "Name" etc. as shown in Attachment #357383

What might I be doing wrong?
It should certainly be there. Does it appear if you put the cursor in the window where your search terms are?
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No. Still no joy and no + sign.

However, i can get the plus sign to appear in some tabs of other finder windows. It seems totally random when it will and won't appear.

I'm re-indexing my drive according to the Apple Support instructions posted earlier in the thread. Then I'll do a restart and post the results.

Thanks for your help anyway.
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Found this and it worked! Yay!

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It should certainly be there. Does it appear if you put the cursor in the window where your search terms are?
It should be noted that your method, whilst safer than the automated apps, misses some things (at least under Mavericks and Yosemite). I believe Apple is no longer indexing certain parts of the file system with spotlight, particularly in /Library, /var etc (or at least not displaying them to the user during searches).

I still basically use the method in your how-to, but instead of finder search, I have switched to if iFileX:
http://www.osxbytes.com/page3/

It picks up a lot of stuff that Finder does not (I have compared them side by side).

Also, I have found another really good app for uninstallation, but this time .pkg files (which can be a hassle to remove completely even with your method).

UninstallPKG: http://www.corecode.at/uninstallpkg/

It seems like a front end to pkgutil:
https://wincent.com/wiki/Uninstallin...s)_on_Mac_OS_X

It is much safer than the other automated methods because it gets its file list from the pkg receipt in /private/var/db/receipts and it also allows you to fully review what is going to be removed prior to it deleting the files.
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It should be noted that your method, whilst safer than the automated apps, misses some things (at least under Mavericks and Yosemite). I believe Apple is no longer indexing certain parts of the file system with spotlight, particularly in /Library, /var etc (or at least not displaying them to the user during searches).
If you read post #16, you'll see that is addressed in the first part of the post.
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