Safely Remove Firefox from my MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by IPadNParadise, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Somewhere in the process of trying/failing to download Adobe Flash Player to my MBP, i added Firefox to it. I will live without Flash but want to get Firefox safely deleted from my MBP. I am a newbie to macs on top of being computer illiterate so please be simple. I do know enough to think I need more than drag it to the trash in order to prevent any problems for my mac sometime in the future.

    Thank you for any assistance you can be,
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    You can just drag the Firefox icon into the Trash Bin and that will get rid of it. Or if you want a more thorough deletion, check out the steps in this post:

    Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    OP: Coming from the Windows side, you might think it couldn't be that simple, but it really is! :)
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Oh, I want it to be as simple as dragging to the trash. My problem is I read in these forums too much where if you do that you leave behind little traces of something that could cause you problems down the road so just trying to do it right at this point.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2008
    one thing i would also suggest, is to goto your User Library Folder.

    If your on Snow Leopard click on the Go link in Finder menu bar and choose Library

    or in Lion/Mt Lion Option Click GO from the finder menu bar and select library

    open Application Support
    located FireFox and delete the Firefox folder.

    it will remove all the settings, profiles, and etc stuff firefox had before so if you were to install it again it would be fresh
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Thank you. I have had this mac a week and am very computer illiterate. I cant find library when i click on Go To in the Finder menu. Can you explain in complete steps? Sorry. And I know I will not be installing Firefox in the future, I just want to make sure I delete it all. Oh, I have Mountain Lion.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2008
    When you click on Go, press the Option key while clicking on GO or when the Menu list is displayed.

    Or click anywhere on the desktop so you're in Finder or open a new finder window and press these quick keys SHIFT COMMAND G and type in ~/Library and it will also lead you to your User Library Folder
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Thank you. I found it by using the option key. In Application Support I found something called Firefox AND Mozilla (separate folder for each one). Mozilla is the Parent for the Firefox app from what I saw as I was installing them. May have that wrong tho. Anyway, so far I have drug both of them to trash, have not emptied yet. Do you think its ok to delete this Mozilla too when I empty the trash. I know I'm paranoid of "messing up" my new MBP.
  9. macrumors 603

    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestion is different.

    Keep Firefox around as an "alternative browser".

    Now and then, you may encounter a problem with Safari at a certain page or website.

    In that case, you can try the same page in Firefox -- it may work, when Safari does not.

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