Help uninstalling programs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kimcheeboi65, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. kimcheeboi65 macrumors member


    May 8, 2006
    I know when you're installing applications on Mac, you just the icon into the hd (like the application folder) such as installing firefox, etc.

    But to uninstall, is it simple as that? I heard of preference folder, library folder with application support, but does others know a good/proper way to uninstall programs?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Many uninstalls are as simple as dragging the app to the Trash. If the app comes with an uninstaller, you should use that. For more info, see the MacRumors Guides article.
  3. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    It's basically the same. Just drag the application to the trash. Yes there maybe a preference file behind, but that should not be a concern. The file is so small and will not effect your computer at all. If you choose to reinstall the same program, your preferences will be remembered.

    Even on Windows when you go to Add/Remove Programs there are files left behind. The bad thing is most of these files are left in the directory!
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Rule of thumb: If the application required an installer (and typing in your administrator's password) to install, then check to see if it has a de-installer because it probably placed files in the System which you will no longer want. If it installed with a drag and drop, then it can be dragged to the Trash to remove.

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