Application Uninstall Programs/Utilities

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Tee.Nutter, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Tee.Nutter macrumors regular

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    #1
    I know that when dragging application you want to uninstall into the trash uninstalls it, but you do get remnants that are left behind

    So, what are everyones thoughts on Application unistall programs/utilities? Are they worth bothering with? If so what are the best ones to use?

    New to the Mac world and seems a little bizarre that application can be deleted by dragging into trash can .. lol

    Any thoughts/advice appreciated
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    typically the only files that are left behind are the preferences files, they're tiny and harmless to your system so there is no need to delete them, but if you feel the need to make sure all of an application is gone go for it. i prefer to use AppZapper since i've had a license for it for a long time. works good.

    and remember any app that uses an installer should typically have an uninstaller to be used to remove it. (included in the download .dmg or in the application etc)
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Drag the file to the trash, and if it has a folder in the Application Support folder you can likely trash that.

    Hunting down the 4k files in the Preferences folder is likely a wasted effort.
     
  4. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    AppDelete does it all for you... and it's free.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I use AppTrap. Its a preference that deletes the files when you drag an app into the trash so it works in the background.
     
  6. Tee.Nutter thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's great guys ... think i'm just being a little paranoid here, coming from windows lol

    Think I might try a couple of the programs suggested :)
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There are a couple more listed in various threads over the past month.
     
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  9. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i use AppCleaner for my application removing its super easy and fast
     

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