How To Delete An Application For Good?

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  1. youashwag macrumors regular

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    I just updated my realplayer from 10.0.1 to 11.0 for mac os x but for some reason it didnt replace the old one like it usually does so now in my application folder i have both realplayer versions. So can i just put the 10.0.1 in the trash and empty securely and all its components are gone or do i have to do something else?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Drag to trash and empty the trash. The only thing left would be some preference files, that wouldn't be a big deal.

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  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    a program like AppZapper (there's a freeware version that does the same thing) and besides just deleting the .app file, AppZapper (and the free version) will look and detect any preferences and associated files and delete them as well.

    In your case I would be careful as it might delete the files associated with the newer version which might force you to reinstall it again which isn't a big deal, but all new files will be in relation to the new instalation.
     
  4. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    The new version of CleanApp (3.07 or something) is great for getting rid of apps and has a really easy screen to understand whats going on!

    Definitely worth the money to buy this app!
     
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    AppDelete isn't free anymore unfortunately. All changed a month or two ago.
     
  7. paisios macrumors member

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    appzapper will let you "zap" something like 5 apps for free then they want your dough. Worth it if you want to zap a few
     
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  9. rajalot macrumors member

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    Bloody preferences, worse than Windows registry.
     
  10. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    How so? The preferences folder is easy to navigate even for a Mac n00b like me. Registry is more intimidating and more {928379482987398479238798374928379482739487293487298374239} crap I can do without.

    If my AppZapper didn't delete the folder, open finder, goto my preferences folder, look for a plist file, delete, done.

    To each his own, but windows registry is more cluttered and confusing IMO than a folder.
     
  11. gusious macrumors 65816

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    I use Apptrap too.I must say it's pretty good!

    Lightweight and you don't have to run it. You just move the app to the trash and then a dialog box opens saying if you want to move to the trash other files that are connected to the program.

    Automated! Cool huh?
     
  12. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    AppTrap was my favorite until I started upgrading programs and it wanted to throw out my preference files each time the updaters tossed out the old version to the trash.

    Now I use AppCleaner, no more problems.
     
  13. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Riight, except if you corrupt a preference file you can still continue to use your OS, where if the registry corrupts you are boinked without a decent backup.
     
  14. Wheelie4 macrumors regular

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    I've used AppZapper(own it), AppDelete, CleanApp, Hazel(own it)(hazel does what Apptrap does but lets u choose to or not delete remaining items) and Appcleaner. I still prefer using EasyFind to remove apps and associated files/folders manually. Easyfind in most cases reveals associated files/folder (like receipts or leftovers in root library/system folders) the others usually won't.

    And as a veteran of Microsofts OS'es from Dos from 1989 to 1995 and Windows from 1995 - 2007, and now Mac for the past year, preference files are IMO far, far better/efficient than windows registry. Just my opinion. :)
     
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    In My Opinion
     
  17. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Thanks a lot dude!!I was going nuts with this IMO thing!!!!!
     
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