program uninstall

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jmfel1926, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. jmfel1926 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    hello , i am a new user of mac and i would like to ask what is the best way to completely uninstall a program ? and by best way i mean the program and all of its components.

    and a second question . in windows installing and uninstalling programs would cause a system slowdown in some period and would need a format. will this be the same for mac ?
  2. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    You open up applications folder in Finder and drag the program to the trash bin on your dock. That's how you delete/uninstall. In a nutshell, Mac doesn't work like Windows with complex installs to various locations and uninstall complications.

    There is no "format" necessary on Mac. Again, it's not like Windows. The operating system is completely different and doesn't need that kind of attention.

    I'm sure people could get into detailed explanations but it just doesn't work like Windows and you don't have to deal with a lot of those Windows issues.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
    No. System performance is not affected by what you have stored or installed on your system, unless you're running low on disc space. It's only affected by what you have running.
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Each program is different. A few come with uninstallers, (most likely in the installer file). Most don't.

    However, for the most part. All you need to do is drag the main file from your applications fold to the trash. That's it.

    You won't need to reformat due to install/remove. However, you should always pay attention to what you're putting on your system anyway.

    That's the short answer.

    If you're familiar with the appdata folder on the PC. there is also a /Library/Application Support folder on the mac for each user.

    In both cases if you were to uninstall firefox there would still be a mozilla folder left in that directory. To completely remove, you may need to delete data there, etc.. I don't want to make it too complicated, here is a link

    There are also uninstallers you can download, but I don't see as needed.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Dragging an app to the trash will uninstall the app, but it won't accomplish what the OP asked:
    Only the manual method I posted will do that.
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I whole-heartedly second what this guy said

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