Deleting & Uninstalling Mac Programs and Apps

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by NacSquared, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. NacSquared macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2011
    Hey guys, I just recently got myself a rMBP 13" and I'm loving everything about it. I just have a few questions as I'm quite the paranoid type when it comes to my electronics.

    I have installed a few things recently ( Install360Controller, BetterMoveTool, etc. ) and I have a question about uninstalling these applications. With windows, you could go through the Control Panel and uninstall programs separately. With Mac, I learned that you can just drag the application into the trash bin.

    I must admit, dragging the application into the trash bin does not seem to get all of the files, so I went ahead and downloaded AppCleaner.

    When trying to uninstall the Install360Controller program, it deleted the program itself, but I quickly learned that it had completely left numerous files that were associated with the program. I had to manually find each associated file and delete them myself.

    So, when uninstalling BetterMoveTool, I used the AppCleaner and it found associated files which I proceeded to delete.

    My overall question is, is there anyway to be sure that I have completely uninstalled or deleted the program and all files associated with it? Anything like uninstalling a program on windows? Yes, I know I'm the very paranoid type, I just like to keep my things in order.

    Thank you in advance guys,

  2. ProphetX macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2011

    Drag from App folder to trash can.
  3. NacSquared thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2011
    It's rather apparent you didn't read the entire post.

    Thanks for the effort, though.
  4. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Par for the course around here;)

    Read this. This will help you understand and make you a better Mac user:cool:
  5. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2011
    I typically look in the following places:
    -/Library/Preferences and ~/Library Preferences
    -/Library/Preference Panes and ~/Library/Preference Panes
    -/Library/Application Support and ~/Library/Application Support
    -/System/Library/Extensions and /Library/Extensions

    App Cleaner should be able to find files in most of those places, so usually it's a pretty safe bet. I usually still check the extensions folders, launchagents and launchdaemons folders afterwards.

    Oh, and don't drag things to the trash can. Use Command+Option+Delete to trash and Command+Shift+Delete to empty the trash.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    IMO, this situation is similar to how many apps on Windows leave values and preferences set in the registry after an uninstall.

    I don't know of a absolutely 100% way to guarantee that literally everything is removed during an uninstall on either operating system.

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