Deleting applications

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by johnnyyt, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2013
    #1
    this might sound like a stupid question but i'm fairly new to mac so i'm still getting used to the osx

    when deleting an application, how do i know for sure that its completely gone?
     
  2. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Location:
    South Yorkshire
    #2
    Check the basement. Seriously this is asked so often a quick search on the forum will reveal the answer.
     
  3. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #3
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  4. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #4
    A very good uninstaller is iTrash. It can be run in the background and uninstalls apps when they are dragged into Trash.
     
  5. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #5
    If you elect to use such apps, be aware that in most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
     
  6. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #6
    True. But you don't always need a sledge hammer to crack a peanut! In most cases what iTrash will do is quite sufficient; and it has an advanced setting if you want to dig deeper. It all depends on how keen you are to scrub everything off every time.
     
  7. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #7
    It's not a sledge hammer. It takes less than a minute to completely remove an app using Finder. Even with advanced settings, iTrash will not remove all files/folders, and in many cases such apps remove small files like .plist files, but leave behind much larger files. For those with limited space available on internal drives, freeing such space is extremely useful. Again, use iTrash if you prefer, but be aware of its limitations.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2013
    #8
    thanks for the advice. its funny because i just download appzapper and one of the links you posted showed that appzapper was one of the worst apps for deleting programs lol
     
  9. Moderator

    dejo

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Location:
    The Centennial State
    #9
    If all you're trying to do is crack a peanut, moving the app to the trash is sufficient. ;)
     

Share This Page