Uninstalled Parallels but it left bad shortcuts everywhere!

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  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Help!

    I installed Parallels 5 and didn't like it. So I uninstalled it.

    But now, when I click on a Flash file, for example, my Mac wants to load Internet Explorer from my Boot Camp which it obviously can't do. And when I look at the options, I can see the default program is IE and there is a Parallels generated icon on it!!! Grrr!

    How do I delete ALL the ^%$@ fingerprints Parallels left behind and reset my Mac links?
     
  2. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Does this work?

    Right click > Open With > Other ... > Select App you want > Always Open With check box > Open
     
  3. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nope. :mad:
     
  4. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

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    Out of curiosity why did you not like it? I've been running it for a couple months and it works great for me.

    Granted I just wanted it so I did not have to buy Quicken or MS Office for the mac, plus to use IE every now and then for webpages that will not work in Firefox or Safari.

    Matt
     
  5. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    :( I'm sorry
     
  6. alienapp macrumors member

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    Here's what you need to do.

    Open Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and copy/paste the following commands one-by-one there (hit Return after each of them).

    IMPORTANT! Check that you insert commands accurately, otherwise Mac OS might be corrupted:


    After pasting the second command and hitting Return you will be asked about your Mac password. Please, enter it (note, you won't see it when typing). It is normal, if commands will result in "No such file or dir" output - it means that the uninstaller has already removed the files listed.

    Restart your Mac computer.

    Hope that helps
     
  7. uyhoang macrumors newbie

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    My issue is that Parallels left behind links that come up in Spotlight and Launchpad. I did all the Terminal commands but they're still there. Any ideas?
     
  8. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Moral of story, don't use Parallels, get VMware Fusion.

    P.S. You guys re-opened a year and a half old thread?! :mad:
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
    Or, use a more effective method of app removal.
     
  10. majordude, Nov 27, 2011
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    majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Parallels is like a Windows application. You uninstall it but it leaves footprints EVERYWHERE. You can't just drag it to the trash, you can't just use the uninstall, you have to go to their support page and run 20 lines of code to delete it. :mad:

    It made my Homer Simpson Revenge list. :eek:

    I actually used SuperDuper! on a Mac system and backed up my system to a portable HD. Did a clean install of Mac OS and plugged in the clone drive to grab some files. Parallels jumped from the HD to my new install and changed icons and associations. It's a parasite. A virus. NEVER AGAIN. :mad:
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Have you tried removing it using the method I posted? Many have successfully done so.
     
  12. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Uh, you and yours resurrected an 18+ month thread (thanks, BTW). I am waaay beyond "removing". I formatted the drive, erased it 3 times and never re-connected any drive that ever brushed up agains the social disease named Parallels.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Uh, no, I didn't. Read the thread. There are 3 posts today before I posted, including one from you. I was initially replying to them, not to you. The fact is, you can successfully remove Parallels using the method I posted, whether you elect to do so or not. Others who read this thread will find that useful, even if you don't.
     

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