How can I make sure deleted apps of the past....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macswitcha2, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

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  2. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    You can empty your Trash by using Secure Empty Trash. This can be achieved by holding the Command key + right clicking the Trash icon in the Dock. Then if you use Time Machine too you will have to go to that and have it remove all previous backups too. Secure Empty Trash takes a little longer to empty. Actually it can take a looong time so beware.

    If you are after some type of uninstaller then try out AppTrap which is free and hooks onto your Trash eg. when you drag an app into the Trash then AppTrap locates all its siblings and will allow you to trash those too. Or use AppZapper which is shareware. Forklift also has a feature like AppZapper's.
     
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the info about the trash function. Never knew that.


    About an app, does app zapper completely eliminate the app? Also, how do I erase all of the back ups in Time Machine?
     
  4. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    AppZapper removes the files that it thinks is associated with the application. Such as cache and application support files. If you want to remove the backups of the app that Time Machine keeps you have to go to a point where the app is visible in Time Machine and then select it - while doing so, go to the button that has a gear on it and choose to delete all backups. You will still have to deal with whatever Time Machine backed up beyond just the app such as Application Support files. But those are removed the same way like you would delete the app. Just navigate to the Application Support folder in your home library folder.
     

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