Application Deleter

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jptelthorst, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. jptelthorst macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Are apps such as appdelete, appzapper, or appcleaner worth the money, or is it almost as easy or better to just to delete the files yourself?
  2. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    I guess it depends on what sort of person you are. There's no real need for an application deleter when running OS X, but some people like to have total control and prefer that every last bit of a program is gone and that nothing remains.

    I personally use AppZapper because I tend to be neurotic about my system. I don't like residual files hanging around. AppZapper gets all those plist and other settings files when it 'Zapz' the program.

    If you're like me then get it....if not.... ;)
  3. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    AppCleaner is free I do own AppZapper but it has not been updated in so long I migrated to appcleaner.
  4. migulic macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2008
    AppTrap is free too and it works almost transparently, a dialog pops up automatically whenever you drag an app to the Trash asking whether you want to delete the other files too.
  5. jptelthorst thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    AppCleaner seems to work as well as AppZapper, and it's free, so I think I found my app. I'm pretty neurotic about my system as well, so I hope it works as well as AppZapper.
  6. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    I've tested all of them, and they all inevitably leave behind traces. So what I've done now is use a great Spotlight alternative called EasyFind. It finds all application related files, visible or invisible. I can't live without it. And it's free!
  7. iTronz macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2008
    United Kingdom
    I use Appcleaner, works very well indeed plus it is free.
  8. jptelthorst thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    What traces are left behind? I did download EasyFind, and ran some searches and AppCleaner seems to do what it's supposed to.
  9. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Many apps leave behind invisible files at the root level. None of the "application deleting" apps listed above will delete them. If there's one thing I hate, it's when an application leaves behind invisible crap!

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