Uninstall Apps

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  1. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Whats the best way to uninstall an application in OSX? Dragging it to the trash bin doesn't move all the files.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The only file it usually leaves behind is a plist file, which is only a few KB in size.

    You can always use spotlight to find all the files and delete them manually.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Here is a guide to several ways of uninstalling apps. In most cases, if the app doesn't come with an uninstaller, simply deleting the app itself is fine, as the small plist files left behind don't make a difference. (Of course, if they're corrupted for some reason, you would want to get rid of them.) But certainly it is nice to have clean system.

    Spotlight is a good way to find some of the associated files. There are also third-party apps like CleanApp and AppZapper that can help find the small associated files. They aren't perfect, but they do a pretty good job.
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Uninstalling apps in oSX is a million times better than trying to uninstall Windows apps, at least you don't have to worry about the registry :)
     
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    Definitely not for Apple apps. Try to drag GarageBand to AppZapper...it misses all the loops, which are the things you'd really like to get rid of in order to save space.
     
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    Sorry then...my mistake, I never used it, just expected it to work from what others have said...
     
  8. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Whats the best way to get rid of Norton Antivirus 10? Seems it integrated itself into the right click option for scanning and when I boot its doing a lookup. And it isn't in my startup options for my user.
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    There should be an uninstaller app...I believe it's in the Symantec Solutions folder inside your Applications folder.
     
  10. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I guess before uninstalling this I should ask, is it really worth having an Antivirus on the mac? Or is it going to slow my system down..
     
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Norton is terrible for your system...get rid of it.

    You don't really need antivirus for your Mac, since there aren't any OS X viruses, but if you're worried about passing along viruses to your Windows-using friends, get the free, lightweight ClamXav.
     
  12. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Ironically tried this yesterday in a clean up operation to see how much space I would save if I decided to get rid in future. It did include loops for me. However I have some other apps, mainly games, which when I dragged, it didn't include any saved game data, so I'd have to hunt and delete manually.
     
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I'm not sure if I was using the most up-to-date version of AppZapper, and it was GarageBand 2 that I was playing with at the time, so I guess your mileage may vary. :)
     
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    Hear hear! This is the way to go.
     
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    I paid for AppZapper and it has some nice flashing effects and a killer "Zeeoooo!!!" sound, but it really is, for all intents and purposes, in the words of another anti-Delicious-Library-generation developer just a spotlight wrapper with nice snazzy effects.

    What I am really looking for is an app that hooks into the OS and monitors file activity as apps work. Some apps have some funky trial periods and they write some secret stuff into your system SOMEWHERE which you can perfectly remove short of a total nuke and reinstalling your entire operating system.
     
  17. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    Apple may not have a registry like Windows, but the uninstall process is by no meas better. It is inconsistent. Leaving plist files (though harmless) is not a good design. Some apps have uninstallers, others you just trash, some you don't even know what to trash....There needs to be a consistant way to uninstall all apps.
     
  18. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    All I do now is use spotlight and just delete the files that way, but I know what you mean. I guess I can write a little application to do the uninstall for me.
     
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    AppZapper is what you want...as I said before...
     
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