Newbie Question Removing Software

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stockcerts, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

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    #1
    I'm new to Mac, after many years of running Windows machines. On a Mac when you want to remove/uninstall software do you simply track the icon to the trash? On a Windows machine you go through an un-install process.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    If the software you're uninstalling was a drag-and-drop install, you could simply drag the app to the trash. You could also use something like AppZapper ($13) if you want to remove the associated .plist and cache files as well.

    If the software was a package installer or came with an uninstaller, I don't recommend the drag-to-the-trash method, as you'll probably leave pieces of the app strewn about your system. In this case, run the uninstaller that came with the app instead; it's far safer.
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    uApp is a free app that does pretty much the same as AppZapper...
     
  5. clevin macrumors G3

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    #5
    1, drag the app to trash and empty trash
    2, spotlight search for the name of the app, delete the leftovers

    altho mostly #1 is good enough, but in some cases, without doing step #2, you will have GB sized trash left on your HDD.
     

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