How to tell if Firefox uninstall has gotten everything?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by knew2mack, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. knew2mack macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2009
    The Beach
    I did an uninstall of Firefox, wanting to just go back and start over, clean. I went into my profile & deleted that (after saving to USB). Now I'm wondering abt getting rid of the icon and how do I check to make sure there is nothing at all on my computer.

    Isn't that what I want in the event I just want to start over? I love Firefox and just want to get it back on my system, operating properly.

    Thanks everyone for your detailed step by step explanations.....remember, I am knew2mack......still!!!

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    • the from the Applications folder,
    • your profile (which you found; ~/Library Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/),
    • and preferences files (~/Library/Preferences/org.mozilla.firefox.plist)
    should be good enough to reset Firefox for you.
  3. knew2mack thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2009
    The Beach
    Ok thanks.....

    what about the icon? Does that just stay??
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Does it stay where? If it's still in the Applications folder, then it was not deleted. If it's in Dock, then just drag it away from Dock and it will disappear.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To manually remove an application and all associated files:
    1. Launch Finder and search for the app name (hopefully unique, such as Skype)
    2. You can narrow the search to specific folders or search your whole Mac
    3. Searching "File Name" vs "Contents" usually provides better results.
    4. Click the + button below the search term to add criteria
    5. Click the "Album" drop-down and select "System files"
    6. Click the "Don't include" and change to "include"
    7. Sort by name, kind, date, etc. to identify components of the app, such as folders, .plist files, cache files. etc.
    8. Delete all files and folders related to the app.
    9. Don't empty your Trash until you've determined that everything is working OK, in case you need to restore something you deleted by accident.
    10. A reboot might be necessary to completely remove some apps.

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