InsomniaX won't truly disable or turn off

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cellocello, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I installed InsomniaX for the odd time I may need to shut my lid but keep the Macbook running.

    But, it seems that insomnniaX never really stays disabled or quits - my macbook doesn't sleep properly anymore :mad:

    If I leave insomniaX open, so that it's icon is in the menubar, I can disable it but after a few minutes it shows itself as enabled. :mad:

    There's no way to uninstall whatever this program did, and removing the app file doesn't change the behaviour. Does anyone know to undo whatever it is insomniaX did? I want the default behaviour back.

    I have a 2.0 aluminum macbook with all the latest updates from Apple.

  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    I installed insomniax once and I had the same problems as you. I did manage to get rid of it, although I can't remember how I did it. Is there no uninstaller in the download? I can't find anything on their site except peoples unanswered complaints about how to uninstall it!
  3. cellocello thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Ya, i've seen those same comments too. :(

    And no, it's just a "drag to install" kind of app, so there's no obvious way to uninstall.

    I imagine that InsomniaX writes to some files somewhere, but I have no idea where to start looking. Do you have any old emails or something, letting you know what to do??

    I opened a ticket with the Dev, so hopefully I hear back. :confused:
  4. cellocello thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I emailed the Devs again, to no avail.

    I'm pretty bummed that my MacBook won't sleep normally. I'm borderline considering re-installing OSX, but goddamn do I not want to do that.

    Someone's GOT to have something that can help! :eek:
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Have you tried using a program like AppCleaner, Appzapper, or Appdelete? They all search your system for preference files and such.
  6. cellocello thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Hmm ... I haven't. I was hoping there'd be some kind of 'take me back to default' apps out there.

    Thanks for the tip, and I'll check 'em out.
  7. jeremybuff macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    AppCleaner works fine. Uninstalled it perfectly for me with no side effects. Use it :)
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I use InsomniaX all the time. I have it set to load at startup, and have "CTRL ALT =" set as the key combo to activate/deactivate it.
  9. gondo macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    how did u set up shourtcuts for insomniax ?


    i have running this insomniax and i like it, but as others i would like to sleep my mac as well. but primary is to keep insomnia "not sleeping when i close macbook" feature.
    i installed inomnia and by first run i saw icon in menu bar. but after restart i am not able to get that icon back to menu bar.
    even if i force quit it and after that run it manualy, icon wont appear.

    i was wondering how didi u managed to set up shourt cuts to enable/disable it ?
    it sound like gr8 solution.

    thanks for any help
  10. slushfilmz macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
    I found out how to fix it!!!!

    Okay, I had the same problem with InsomniaX. What I did was I downloaded and bought CleanMyMac. You can also get the trial for free but it will still work for this.

    Here is the link to download:

    Once you downloaded that, open the application. Then, drag the InsomniaX application into the "Uninstall Applications" side panel of the CleanMyMac application. Then, press the lock on the bottom-right of the CleanMyMac app. This will authenticate your mac (this is if you set a password). Now press the "Uninstall" button and it should uninstall. Now you can download InsomniaX again and run it and it won't have the same problem!

  11. ddan49 macrumors member


    Jul 9, 2011
    Okay, this probably is a really old thread (I didn't check).

    What you could do is check in Mac:Library:Application Support: and then look for Insomniax. These files do not show up if you run a search for a word in a file, even if you broaden to "My Mac".

    If there is a file listed Insomniax, delete it. You could also look around more places, but App support is usually the preferences data of programs.

    I didn't download Insomniax, and was thinking about it, but checked beforehand because it sounded like a risky program. I probably will make do without it.
  12. january jones macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2012
    conspiracy theory and insomnia x

    ok, i am not anything other than a regular gal, but if i notice it, it is obvious .....i was trying to get rid of unneeded apps last nite and i came across all of these non-apple apps, but apple-recommended nonetheless...anyhow, i didn't have the $$ right now to take them out of their expired status to permanent app on my mac i just decided to "clean house" and be done with that time i was deleting mac cleanse, mac keeper and mac something else.....but anyhow i noticed that mac cleanse was not cooperating. and mac cleanse kept popping up and saying that i had to delete these apps properly and that they could do it....but i had to buy the app for $39.99 or some b.s....anyhow, it was a circular argument since i didn't have the $ to do that in the first was then that i tried to delete insomniax and it kept saying that it was open, but when i would right click on the app, it gave me a lot of of which was to "open" it...but my computer recognized it as already open and then i tried all different ways for the next two hours to delete it and it is still there. in fact, now it is on my desktop (i don't keep apps why is it there?) and i can't move it off the desktop nor can i delete therefore, i am suspecting that it is malware and i am taking a further leap i suspecting that mac cleanse has something to do with i crazy ....???? (never mind don't answer that....that is way too open-ended of a question to ask on this forum HHAHA...please give me your thoughts on this and because i am paranoid at this point in time, i am NOT going to exit this forum.....also, yeah, should have mentioned this earlier...i guess..the night before all of this happened, i was trying to enable my pages documents to be accessible on iCloud and turned on file sharing and i would suspect that this is exactly how this all came to, you can say...1. Crazy? 2. not crazy? thanks,,,,,
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, your problem has nothing to do with malware. Second, In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

    Finally, the most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion. If you follow these steps exactly, you can fully delete any apps you want to get rid of. Be sure to note step 1, especially in the case of InsomniaX.

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