Need to uninstall Siri from iMac

Phimean618

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Yesterday Safari updated to 11 in my desktop iMac with El Capitan and Siri was added then Siri took over Search. I tried to find Siri in the System with no success. I have no need nor desire for Siri. How do I uninstall that crap?
 

Gav2k

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You can’t delete Siri she’s embedded but you can turn her off

Go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences

Choose Siri from the control panel options

Uncheck the box next to Enable Siri
 

Phimean618

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I already looked in System Preferences. There is no Control Panel or icon for it nor is there a Siri icon. I open Finder, enter Control Panel and nothing shows. Same with Siri.
So I looked up definition of control panel and see that it is application specific. Apple continues to be incompetent.
Then I scoured User and System again and found no Siri. Is there a terminal entry for finding Siri?
 
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jbarley

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You can’t delete Siri she’s embedded but you can turn her off
That's odd! I've been deleting Siri and a bunch of other Apps that Apple seems think we all need by using this Terminal Command.
sudo rm -rf (drag file from Finder to here) and press enter.
Always works for me and I've never noticed any problems.
 

Phimean618

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That's odd! I've been deleting Siri and a bunch of other Apps that Apple seems think we all need by using this Terminal Command.
sudo rm -rf (drag file from Finder to here) and press enter.
Always works for me and I've never noticed any problems.
I did a web search about Siri and it is clear to me that it should NOT have been hidden inside security updates for Safari 10 and for El Capitan 10.11.6 for desktop iMac. The update bumped Safari up to 11. Now I need some real instructions for how to proceed.
After that update Siri took over search bar and bumped out DuckDuckGo so I had to make DuckDuckGo my home page.
 
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mrd0g

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Yesterday Safari updated to 11 in my desktop iMac with El Capitan and Siri was added then Siri took over Search. I tried to find Siri in the System with no success. I have no need nor desire for Siri. How do I uninstall that crap?
[doublepost=1524929021][/doublepost]You can delete the Siri.app easily. Boot from another volume (using a Thunderbolt or USB drive containg macOS), or if you have another mac and a Thunderbolt/USB-C cable connect it and start the Mac in Target Disk mode.
Run the terminal.
Enable the root user. If you haven't enabled the root user type <sudo passwd root> and you will then be asked for the password for your account (the User Account your boot volume has in other words /Users/%username% for the active Boot Volume you are on). The terminal window will show you by displaying,
%hostname%:~ %username% where hostname is the name of your booted device and username the User Account the boot Volume is logged into.
Set a root password. They type <su> and enter the password you have just created for root. Verify you are root by tying <whoami> and it will show root.
The navigate to the /Applications folder using the command <cd /Applications>
Type the command <ls> or for more detail <ls-l> once there and you will see a list of Apps.
You will see Siri.app listed
Type <rm -vfR Siri.app> and press Return.
You will see Siri.app wrapper and it's contents being deleted.
No more Siri.app.
You can also instead of navigating to the Applications/ folder type <rm -vfR /Applications/Siri.app> and save yourself time.
 

BrianBaughn

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Siri didn't get added to macOS until Sierra…right?

I have to say that based on what the OP has posted here it actually sounds like Safari's search has been taken over by something calling itself "Siri" and if that's the case it could be some sort of malware. The real Siri (in Sierra and High Sierra) does not take over search in Safari.

Since we can't really see what's going on...I don't know. But if what I described is accurate then the answer would be to try to get rid of the malware using Malwarebytes.
 

Starship67

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Siri didn't get added to macOS until Sierra…right?

I have to say that based on what the OP has posted here it actually sounds like Safari's search has been taken over by something calling itself "Siri" and if that's the case it could be some sort of malware. The real Siri (in Sierra and High Sierra) does not take over search in Safari.

Since we can't really see what's going on...I don't know. But if what I described is accurate then the answer would be to try to get rid of the malware using Malwarebytes.
This exactly. And as with most things computer and electronics related it’s usually something the end user did.
 
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Phimean618

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A huge thanks to all of you. I apologize for the long delay at replying. A strange thing is that April 28 was the day that the first notice of a reply came to my email inbox. Your suggestions are taken to heart. I was negligent because I did not add that I have used Bitdefender since last July after becoming very unhappy with duplicity from Malwarebytes administration. Bitdefender has not reported anything related to the Siri anomaly. I printed this thread for acting on each of your suggestions.
jbarley - Thank you. That sounds promising. Will you please provide more details, keypunch by keypunch, in the procedure that you suggest? I cannot afford to make a mistake.

Starship67 - This 'end user" habitually and openly confronts corruption, so you are probably correct in that sense. I cannot recall an incident when I might have opened a door with a wrong click on something but it could have happened. It is common knowledge that NSA high tech has become part of the public domain. As a dabbler in using bioelectromagnetics to alter plant DNA I see the universal natural laws that everything is energy governed by mathematics which means that nothing is immune to natural law so this means that dependence on computer software for privacy and security is a illusion and a delusion.

mrd0g - Thank you. I have no formal training for going into the core as root and my hands have serious nerve and motor damage; one wrong key punch could mean disaster as I understand it. Your instructions sound appealing. NowI need to generate the confidence that your instructions are letter perfect and that I will be able to follow them perfectly.
 

mrd0g

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Apr 28, 2018
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A huge thanks to all of you. I apologize for the long delay at replying. A strange thing is that April 28 was the day that the first notice of a reply came to my email inbox. Your suggestions are taken to heart. I was negligent because I did not add that I have used Bitdefender since last July after becoming very unhappy with duplicity from Malwarebytes administration. Bitdefender has not reported anything related to the Siri anomaly. I printed this thread for acting on each of your suggestions.
jbarley - Thank you. That sounds promising. Will you please provide more details, keypunch by keypunch, in the procedure that you suggest? I cannot afford to make a mistake.

Starship67 - This 'end user" habitually and openly confronts corruption, so you are probably correct in that sense. I cannot recall an incident when I might have opened a door with a wrong click on something but it could have happened. It is common knowledge that NSA high tech has become part of the public domain. As a dabbler in using bioelectromagnetics to alter plant DNA I see the universal natural laws that everything is energy governed by mathematics which means that nothing is immune to natural law so this means that dependence on computer software for privacy and security is a illusion and a delusion.

mrd0g - Thank you. I have no formal training for going into the core as root and my hands have serious nerve and motor damage; one wrong key punch could mean disaster as I understand it. Your instructions sound appealing. NowI need to generate the confidence that your instructions are letter perfect and that I will be able to follow them perfectly.
Don't worry, the ability to make one wrong move and obliterate the system is very over-exaggerated. Basically you have the ability to trash the entire OS but only if you type commands to do this. The main reason root is disabled is that it has complete access to every file. Just make sure you are in the right location by typing <pwd> and this will display your current dirtectory (it stands for Print Working Directory) then type the commands and you will exceute them perfectly and precisely. Do not be afraid :)