Keeping my Mac clean??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by WilliamBos, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. WilliamBos macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    How do I keep m Mac clean?? I have downloaded a couple of applications that I do not need, how do I delete them??

    Thanks,

    Will
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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  3. dcoulson macrumors member

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    Drag the app to the trash if it does not have an uninstaller.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Nothing needed to clean the Mac, to uninstall applications, drag them from the Applications folder onto the Trash icon in the Dock.
    To delete preferences and other small data that application may have left behind: Best way to FULLY DELETE a program



    Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios
     
  5. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    AppCleaner will uninstall every part of a program, including the oddball things that don't get uninstalled when you drag it to the trash. And it's free.

    http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
     
  6. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    u can also use Appzapper.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    from http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=11171082#post11171082
     
  8. WilliamBos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!! That works awesome!!
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it won't.
    Actually, it doesn't.
    That's not any better.

    AppZapper, AppCleaner, CleanApp, TrashMe, and similar apps do not do a thorough job of removing all files/folders related to deleted apps. I tested several of these, using Skype as the app to be removed. Of 17 items to be removed:
    AppZapper missed 13 items
    AppCleaner missed 11 items
    AppDelete missed 8 items
    Hazel missed 9 items​
    I also tested AppTrap, CleanMyMac and a few others, but don't recall how many items they missed. All left files/folders behind. In most cases, they remove .plist files and a few others, but leave behind much larger files and folders. (you will find a discussion of these tests in the thread linked below)

    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much

    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     

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