How do I permamently remove an application from my harddrive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cakebread, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Cakebread macrumors newbie

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    I've just gotten a mac, and I put flash cs3 on it, but the problem is that I accidentally deleted the file. I went to reinstall it, but the computer says that flash is still somewhere on my hard drive. I've basically just been deleting every file that says "flash" somewhere in it, but that hasn't worked. Does anyone know how I find the file that's stored away on my computer so I can get rid of it and reinstall the program? Thanks!
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    The Adobe apps put a lot of "hooks" into your system when they're installed, so you can't simply get rid of them by deleting the main file...you need to run the uninstall utility. I believe it can be found in Applications\Utilities\Adobe Installers. Try running it...it should be able to clean everything up even if the main app has already been deleted manually.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    While Spotlight is useful, I find that it doesn't work for files in /Library or /System.

    I suggest the same uninstaller route as above. Adobe more then likely put system level files that are a big pain to remove otherwise.
     
  4. Cakebread thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So...the uninstaller doesn't work, maybe because I've already been deleting tons of other files. It says the installer database is invalid. Does anyone happen to have any idea what to do here...?
     
  5. trippr macrumors member

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    can u run the installer and repair at all?
     
  6. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    If the uninstaller does not work then maybe...

    How about if the app is still in the trash, maybe try to put it back then run AppZapper or AppDelete?

    I have used both and I like AppZapper better although AppDelete is free.

    AppZapper seems to find all of an app's files, even if they use a different naming convention.
     

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