Can't Uninstall Invasive Program

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by terrapin, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. terrapin, Mar 21, 2011
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    terrapin macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2011
    Hello, I'm new to Mac computers and have gotten somewhat acclimated to the differences between the Windows registry for installing/uninstalling programs and the way Mac's do it with the fancy drag-and-drop. Overall, I can definitely say I'm loving my new MBP. However, one little problem; there's this program I installed called "ShiftIt 1.5" meant to mimic Aero Snap from Windows 7. Aero Snap, for those who do not know, gives you the ability to "snap" multiple windows into place in your screen, helping you view things simultaneously. Pretty cool feature. Anyways, the program works for ****, but has nonetheless decided to place itself in the bar on the top of my screen (don't know the official name for this bar)

    I have attached a screen shot of my screen showing the name of the program. On my screenshot, you can see the little symbol as the leftmost icon at the top right side with the drop down menu. This is the little bugger causing me problems. I have snooped around the applications box and cannot find the file at all! Just wondering where I should look to get rid of it.

    Thanks much!

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    As with most of those little menubar dealies, ShiftIt is just a (mostly) headless application. When you first launch it, it adds itself to the Login Items for your account so it will re-launch when you next log in.

    To get rid of it, remove it from login items, which can be done from its own preferences by unchecking "Open at Login" (or something similar), then selecting to quit it from its dropdown. It's then gone, and if you want you can manually chuck the application file itself from wherever it was you first ran it (probably your Downloads folder). Alternately, you can do the same thing manually by first quitting it, then opening System Preferences, going to the Accounts pref, selecting the Login Items for your account, and deleting it from the list.
  3. solos72 macrumors newbie


    Aug 4, 2010
    Breinigsville Pennsylvania

    If you still like the feature to snap windows on the desktop, you might want to check out Bettertouch Tool. It's mostly for creating gestures for you trackpad but has a feature to snap windows to the menu bar or sides of your desktop. At first I was using it only for that feature and did not have any gestures created. So it is ok to run it with no gestures and just enable the snapping feature. After awhile I took some time to understand how the program works and love how I can create different gestures for different programs.... the Apple trackpad can be amazing with handy program. Check it out, it's free.... and easy to uninstall :D

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