Can't fully uninstall MissingSync

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iag48, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. iag48 macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    I need some quick help please. I deleted Missingsync from my applications folder because the trial expired. But I can't remove the WM icon on my menu bar. I tried to drag to trash, System Pref accounts, but nothing works. It is rather annoying. Any ideas how to remove that icon/program from the menu bar?
  2. tip macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Quick/incomplete way:
    - System Pref -> Login Items -> Delete MS WM monitor
    - Logout/login (or reboot)

    Longer/full way:
    - Reinstall MissingSync
    - Use the uninstaller
    - Reboot
  3. iag48 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    I tried to re install but i dont have the product registration key so it doesnt let me install. crap.
  4. tip macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Follow the quick step I mentioned for now.

    Then, find a program called Pacifist - you can drag installer files to this application and see what's installed.

    1) Look at the installation tree, and manually delete the files, or
    2) Extract what would be installed in /Applications, then run the uninstaller.
  5. iag48 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    /Users/Ivan/Desktop/Picture 1.png

    I'm trying to attach a picture of the menu bar but I don' know how to do that.
    The Icon I'm trying to remove looks like a small green circle with a WM in white font. I just noticed it looks like the icon from FLIP4MAC. I deleted FLIP4MAC but it didnt work. this is soo annoying.
  6. tip macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Okay, I went ahead and downloaded the installer - follow these steps exactly:

    1) Go to Apple menu -> System Preferences
    .... a) Go to Accounts, click on your account and select "Login items"
    .... b) Select "Missing Sync WM Monitor" then click the "-" button
    .... c) Close System Preferences

    2) Delete:
    .... /Applications/Missing Sync for Windows Mobile (or whatever you have)
    .... /Applications/
    .... /Applications/MarkSpace
    .... /Library/Application Support/Missing Sync for Windows Mobile
    .... /System/Library/Extensions/MissingSyncWm.kext
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Application Support/Missing Sync for ..
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Application Support/SyncServices/Local/clientdata/com.markspace.missingsync.*
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Caches/com.markspace.missingsync.windowsmobile
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Caches/Missing Sync for Windows Mobile
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Caches/Missing Sync WM Monitor
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Caches/MissingSync_cardinfo
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Caches/MissingSync_mounted
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Logs/MissingSync for Windows Mobile.log
    .... /Users/<your account>/Library/Preferences/com.markspace.missingsync.*

    3) Log out/Log back in, or Reboot your machine.
  7. iag48 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    Tip thank you very MUCH sir!!! It's gone!!
    I'm sorry I recently switched from windows, thanks for helping me out.
    So macs are just like windows in the sense that when you uninstall an application some files are left behind? Do I have to go Library and all those other folders to delete something completely?
  8. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    Windows Registry makes unistalling far more complicated

    The registry in Winblows hides an enormous amount of complexity. Not only that, but an installation script may modify system registry entries!

    Mac install scripts usually put a file or two on your hard drive and then when you run the application, cache files and preference files are created. In general, after you remove the app, it is safe to delete any cache file or pref file that is associated with the app you delete.
  9. tip macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Firstly, it should be mentioned that there are roughly two types of installations on the Mac:

    1) Drag and drop to the /Applications directory (you'll mostly see this).
    .... Installation/uninstallation is as easy as copying/deleting it.
    2) MPKG files (like MissingSync, Parallels, etc.)
    .... Required if other components are needed (e.g., extensions).

    Luckily, OSX (and Linux/UNIX for that matter), uses files for everything. Windows uses a registry, which I really wish Vista moved away from. Personally, I hate the Windows registry - besides, all Windows apps use the registry in different ways. It's not consistent.

    As for your question, the OSX /Library doesn't necessarily equate to the Windows registry, since the /Library holds a much broader scope of files. At least there are subdirectories to tell ya what they pertain to. :)
  10. ISINGATT macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    Thank You

    Couldn't bear to have that ugly green icon in my toolbar.
    MANY thanx TIP!!!

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