How to COMPLETELY uninstall a program

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Steven Jackson, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Steven Jackson macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I want to get rid of a program I have installed in my applications folder (MediaFork, since the new version of Handbrake renders it obsolete). I have dragged the program to the trash, but want to make sure I delete absolutely everything associated with this program... where else do I need to look?

    Spotlight lists two files: org.mediafork.dynalias.plist and MediaFork.crash.log

    Is it safe to manually delete these? Are there likely to be any others?

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  2. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Yes, it's totally safe to delete those. Those should be all the files associated with it.
    For future uninstallations, I recommend AppDelete.
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Just a quick comment. I share your desire to do a complete job when uninstalling an application, Steven Jackson, but I have yet to hear that any practical problem results if you don't find every last plist, log, or other text file leftover from an application. So it's a matter of principle, but nothing to actively worry about.

    Exception: If you don't want anyone to know that you've ever had that application installed!
     
  4. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    This won't help you with your current situation, but in the future, if you need to uninstall an application, I recommend using something like AppZapper. There's also AppDelete, which is free.
     
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, there really isn't any reason to delete those. They just store preferences and crash info, basically just text files sitting on your drive, taking up hardly any room. The app is by far the biggest space consumer, and the other files don't DO anything to your system just sitting there.

    I never understood the "OMG MUST DELETE EVERYTHING AAAAUGHHHH!!!!!1" types. :rolleyes:
     
  6. iVersa macrumors 6502

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    Appzapper is awesome.
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    1. trace trash left over is not what ppl like
    2. some apps' left over is HUGE, such as garageband and iDVD, the leftover can be in hundreds of MB if not over GB.
     
  8. Steven Jackson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies, fellas, much appreciated...

    Steve
     
  9. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Also remember that if you used an installer to install the program (and didn't just drag and drop) there's a chance that the installer will also be an uninstaller, which should help remove the traces of the program.
     
  10. thetussinmonstr macrumors member

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    eh, appdelete isn't free anymore..
     
  11. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Yup,try Apptrap!!!!!Perfect!!!:D
     

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