Resolved Deleting app files after uninstalling

ourcore

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Hey everyone

I recently installed AppZapper and it's a great app, but it doesn't appear to find any additional files for an app called "iReader". When I "zap" the app, it only finds the standard /Applications executable, and no preference files in the usual directories, e.g. /Library/Preferences, /Library/Caches. I also found that the app syncs to iCloud, but deleting those files did not remove the feeds when re-opening the app. I'm wondering if anyone could please provide any help with removing the app's preference/cache files? The app's bundle identifier, co.jameskelly.ireader, doesn't appear to find anything either in Finder

I realise this would seem somewhat fruitless to some, but it's an OCD I need to satisfy, and plus I've been searching everywhere to stop now

Thank you very much!
 
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GGJstudios

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I recently installed AppZapper
In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
 

ourcore

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In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
Yeah, that's the approach I'm going for. Thanks for that, I'll give it a shot and post back with the results
 

ourcore

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This is still all that I can find, and I've set system files to show
 

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ourcore

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Your screenshot does not show the "System Files" "Are Included" selection. Are you sure, you have done that for that particular search for "iReader"?
I think in ML it may be a little different as I've ticked "Show System Files" in the "View" tab
 
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I think in ML it may be a little different as I've ticked "Show System Files" in the "View" tab
What is the view tab? Is there no "System Files" listed under the shown options? Can this more visual, albeit from Mac OS X 10.6, presentation of how to uninstall application in Mac OS X help?

 

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What is the view tab? Is there no "System Files" listed under the shown options? Can this more visual, albeit from Mac OS X 10.6, presentation of how to uninstall application in Mac OS X help?

link, since there is no ****ing YT button, and embedding differs in my head from time to time
The "View" tab, as in "File", "Edit", "View", etc.
I'm unable to find where to control what it searches for in terms of system files through Finder, though. Changing the conditions doesn't seem to bring in any new results

I'll take a look at the video shortly, but I think what I'm trying to achieve is more than conventional uninstall processes
 
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The "View" tab, as in "File", "Edit", "View", etc.
I'm unable to find where to control what it searches for in terms of system files through Finder, though. Changing the conditions doesn't seem to bring in any new results

I'll take a look at the video shortly, but I think what I'm trying to achieve is more than conventional uninstall processes
As GGJstudios described in her description, the Menu Bar items "File", "Edit" and "View" have nothing to do with it. Maybe look at that link again or at my video tutorial.
 

ourcore

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As GGJstudios described in her description, the Menu Bar items "File", "Edit" and "View" have nothing to do with it. Maybe look at that link again or at my video tutorial.
Thank you both for such great help - I had completely over-looked the "Other" step. That worked great and returned a heap of files. Time to test! :D

EDIT: Success! Thank you once again
 
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GGJstudios

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Thank you both for such great help - I had completely over-looked the "Other" step. That worked great and returned a heap of files. Time to test! :D

EDIT: Success! Thank you once again
I'm glad simsaladimbamba was here to walk you through that, since I was away. I find that every time someone says that method didn't work, they left out a step. Once you do it right one time, you see how easy it is for future use.