Are any of the zappers (App zapper, etc) still needed today?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by neomorpheus, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. neomorpheus macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2014
    Just did a fresh install of 10.11 and was wondering if any of the Zappers a\programs are still needed or recommended.

  2. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    Definitely, it works the same as before. Not really "needed" but good for us anal types who can't bear the thought of useless trash on our hard drives. AppZapper still works.
  3. Evren Carven macrumors regular

    Evren Carven

    Dec 16, 2014
    If you get app from Mac App Store always, you need not this type program. To click the app logo for a little time under launchpad and you will get a 'x' in the top left corner to uninstall the app easily.
  4. Wheelie4 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    NC, USA
    @Evren Carven

    But some applications put files within folders inside the library folder and also in the library application support folder and sometimes a couple other places. If you just drag the application to the trashcan or use the technique you're referring to by clicking on the X it leaves some junk behind and after sometime all those leftover files waste space especially if you like to try a lot of apps. Even if it's from the Mac app store.

    Appzapper hasn't been updated in a long time and got to where it would miss a lot. Appdelete and Appcleaner do a good thorough job of finding all the extra junk spread out. And if you're good and know what you're doing you can use a little free program called Easyfind to do it or at least check to make sure nothing is left behind.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    All that does is delete the app just like if you dragged the app from /Applications into the trash. It does nothing to remove all the various support and cache files used by the app.

    I installed the app Reeder from the App Store today to test it out. I just removed it from Launchpad like you explained and all that did was trash the app file itself. You can see here from my before and after screen shots (iFileX search for Reeder) that this is the case.

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  6. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    Get AppCleaner (free) It sounds very much like iFileX
    Drag the app you want removed into the AppCleaner window.
    It will find all the files associated with the app.
    Select to delete.
  7. neomorpheus thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2014
    Figure that much.

    Glad I asked, since I did a clean install of El Capitan.
  8. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    AppDelete is also good and iTrash, though not free.

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