Deleting Stuff On A MacBook Pro

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  1. LucasBoy macrumors member

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    hey people, i downloaded this app onto my mac called iAlertU and i would like to remove it permanently so i would like to ask if any of you guys know how to do that. i just moved the file to trash and empty trash. is that the way to remove an app permanently? :apple:
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Generally, yes. If the app came with an installer, often times it will also need an uninstaller - but not always.

    If you copied the app to your Applications folder to install it, then all you need to do is trash it.
     
  3. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    well, when i downloaded it, i didn't move the app to the app folder i just opened it there from the installer and i deleted the installer does that mean it is fully clear?
    i also searched it up on my Spotlight and nothing popped up
     
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  5. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    but i used it even though it was not in the app folder and i also searched spotlight nothing popped up after i removed it from trash does that mean it is gone?
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    If you opened up its preferences, there will be a .plist file under User/Library/Preferences/. Sometimes there might be a file/folder under the Application Support folder in Library. Use apps like AppDelete to delete apps completely.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It is gone ... although it probably left a .plist preference file somewhere. Don't worry, that file is completely harmless.
     
  8. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    you used it before? or still using it?
     
  9. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    but i deleted the app already. should i re-download it and then use app delete? if i do that will it leave DOUBLE?
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Using what? iAlertU? No.
     
  11. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    it is recommened that i use appdelete but i don't have the app anymore so should i redownload it? if i do that will it make double the crap it put in the first place?
     
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Don't worry about it.
     
  13. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    is that how you delete apps? you just move it to the trash and leave the other crap it put in your computer?
     
  14. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. The other crap usually adds up to only a few hundred KB, at most, and it doesn't interfere with anything.
     
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