Question about Installing/Uninstalling Apps.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by krawfo, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. krawfo macrumors regular

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    I'm a recent Windows convert. I learned the hard way that the best way to slow down a Windows machine was to install and uninstall lots of programs.
    When I drag a Mac app to the Trash, am I leaving behind bits of the app. that will ultimately slow my system down?
     
  2. cptbigt macrumors newbie

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    It has never seemingly slowed down my computer however you are indeed leaving behind files. Try an app like appzapper, which will help to clean up the uninstall process a bit.
     
  3. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    No, the only files that are left behind are preferences and (rarely) support files, none of which have any effect on your computer whatsoever except to occupy a small amount of space. You can get rid of them if you want, but there's really no reason you need to. Since Mac OS X is absent of any registry or similar implementation, only Applications that are in use affect your performance in any way.

    jW
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, having files stored on your hard drive has no effect on system performance. They only take up disk space.
    In most cases, app removal software like AppZapper doesn't do a thorough job of deleting files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this.

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

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