Properly Deleting


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 25, 2010
Vancouver Island
Hi, I was just wondering how to properly delete stuff such as widget or programs I've downloaded to try and didn't like. I have been just dragging and dropping into the trash, but I fear that I may be leaving other files behind by mistake. Thanks.


macrumors member
Aug 1, 2010
I payed for a little program called app zapper which works well. I drag an app into it, and it will come up with the application, preference files, and anything else related to it. I simply hit the zap button and it's all deleted.

There may be a free program that does similar though, not sure. For widgets I think it's fine to just delete the widget normally.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 14, 2010
AppZapper and AppCleaner are both excellent programs that essentially do the same thing. Price is the only deciding factor (free for AC, pay for AZ).


macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
AppCleaner, AppZapper and AppDelete mostly only delete .plist files along with the app, which are small text files. They leave behind much larger files. None of those three are very effective.

From Best way to FULLY DELETE a program?
I just tested a few of these, using as the file to be deleted.

AppZapper found 4 items
AppCleaner found 6 items
AppDelete found 9 items
EasyFind found 16 items
Finder found 17 items
CleanMyMac cleaned too much
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