how do i delete programs

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  1. bmc1818 macrumors member

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    I am somewhat new to os x, and want to know how to get rid of a program and all its files. On windows i know how, but on a mac what is the best way. I want to get rid of a program and make sure it hasnt left any unneeded programs on my macbook pro.

    Thanks
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    Get a program called AppZapper. It removes all the little system files associated with the application as well. Great piece of software.
     
  3. MacRumoron macrumors 6502

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    you could use this, but it isn't free:
    http://appzapper.com/

    or just use spotlight and search the application name (thats what i do sometimes) :p

    it doesn't get every file but good enough for me
     
  4. rafifreak00 macrumors regular

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    Is there a freeware alternative to appzapper besides deinstaller?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Depending on the app, you should be able to simply drag it to the Trash, along with some of its associated files (do a search on your machine with Find or Spotlight for other files) and empty the Trash. :)
     
  6. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Does anyone else think that the complete lack of native uninstalling utitlity in OS X is rather strange and a huge oversight on Apple's part?! Do they simply want you to keep every program you ever install? Even Windows has a Uninstaller.
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    In the vast majority of cases, you just drag the app to the Trash. Complex apps that scatter files around the system typically include uninstallers.
     
  8. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I actually don't think it's an oversight at all. Apple prefers that programs be self-contained packages, and thus easily uninstalled by dragging to the trash. Windows Uninstaller is horrid, it often doesn't list all of the programs I have installed, and can't remove all of the associated files anyways. I much prefer Apple's approach.

    When I delete programs I almost always keep the associated preference files that are included, that way if I ever decide I want the program again, I can reinstall and have all of my old preferences back again, without reconfiguring. They only take up a couple KB of space, so it's no big deal.
     
  9. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    I see your point. I guess I just don't know that much about how OSX works. I didn't know that the only files that weren't included in the main program file were preference files of only a few KB's :eek:
     
  10. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Yep, that's the most effective method without installing an application like AppZapper.

    And yeah, Windows' Add/Remove programs does suck. It usually always leaves files behind and a lot of the time even leaves folders and other stuff, too.
     

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