Uninstall Safari from Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Lunarstone, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Lunarstone macrumors newbie

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    Help! I don't care what happens or any consequences! I just want to completely remove Safari from my Mac! :confused: I've already downloaded the latest version of Safari from Apple.com
     
  2. Quad5Ny, Oct 17, 2011
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    There's a 99.999% chance removing Safari will break AT LEAST one thing in OS X.

    But if you really feel the need to remove Safari:
    Next open Finder and delete:
    (Note that ~ is your Home Folder.)
    I'm sure there are other files, but this should be most of them.


    If you decide you do want Safari:
    This will download the Safari 5.1.1 to your Downloads folder and then you can install it (Remember to repair disk permissions afterwards).
    .
     
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  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    or download http://freemacsoft.net/ AppCleaner.

    Drag and drop it into AppCleaner. It does a pretty thorough job if you are scared of the command line.

    BTW: Don't remove Safari.
     
  5. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    *popcorn*
    this will not end well.

    Why not just not use it?
     
  6. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    I get this from customers a lot (as well as how to remove Quicktime.) With OSX its important to note that a lot of the base installed applications are core components. Removing Safari may seem harmless but Safari is so deeply integrated it could cause issues along the way. If you don't like Safari (which I hate) use something else. Firefox and Chrome both work great on OSX.
     
  7. fisherking macrumors 603

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    really. use something else, set that up as your default browser.
    just leave safari alone, and never use it. simple..
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Actually, it's not thorough at all. In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  9. McGiord macrumors 601

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    I am curious about what happened after Safari was removed?

    I recently signed up for iTunes Match and it was not working at all.
    The reason was that I had the privacy settings in Safari set to block all cookies.
    It took me a couple of days to figure it out, Apple support docs are not helpful at all, and don't make any reference to this for Mac OS X, but one doc about Windows mentions something about cookies.

    Anyway, if I block the cookies in Safari again, immediately get the message that iCloud services stopped working.

    So, as posted above, Safari is an integral part of the internet services provided by Apple.

    There is no obvious disclosure that Safari and the cookies are actually needed to run some of these Apple services.
     
  10. anavarro34 macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!

    Thank you very much for your help, I followed your instructions and I was able to remove Safari from my Mac.
     
  11. jchase2057 macrumors regular

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    Why?
     
  12. pacmantoo macrumors newbie

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    How about stopping it from running?

    Is there a way to stop Safari from running as a browser - without ripping it out of the OS? Can it be added to a 'disallow to run' list - maybe under Parental Controls?
     
  13. McGiord macrumors 601

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    I guess you can change the permissions therefore only the user(s) you want can run it.
    To hide it from the finder change the name in the terminal to begin with a "."
     
  14. pacmantoo macrumors newbie

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    Of course...now I feel stoopid!

    ... but it is an application that launches Safari to show its help pages, not a user that I want to block. Will keep you posted..
     
  15. pacmantoo macrumors newbie

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    Sorted

    Thank you. That has done the trick. Set Everyone to no permissions and app doesn't launch.
     

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