how do i completely erase an application?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sonarghost, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. sonarghost macrumors regular

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    Hello, I feel dumb for asking such a simple question but here it goes!

    If I have a program in which there is no uninstall option, even in the "installer", is there an easy way to erase the program and ALL the components within OSX? Do I have to buy cleansweep or something similar to do this?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    For most OSX programs you can simply delete the application file from the /Application directory. There may also be a few settings files lurking in the /Library directory. OSX does not have any sort of registry or /Win32 folder that makes entirely removing Windows apps so difficult.
     
  3. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    Check ~/Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Application Support. Well-behaved programs don't put anything anywhere else, at least that isn't gone by reboot (temporary files, etc.).
     
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    AppZapper and CleanApp will do the job. :)

    personally I prefer CleanApp.

    FJ
     
  5. supz macrumors newbie

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    Another nice freeware alternative to AppZapper is AppDelete

    http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete

    It does the same thing, but I don't think the sound effects are as cool as AppZapper (which I use, since I bought it before AppDelete came out)
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well, some apps use /Library/Application Support, rather than the one in your home folder. Could you imagine a set of GarageBand loops for every account? :eek:
     
  7. epochblue macrumors 68000

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  8. sonarghost thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hello, First of all I would like to thank YOU ALL for such quick, informative responses! I went with the suggestions to get AppZapper. It works like a charm (found things that I would not have been able to find). Once again thanks everyone!!:D
     

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