uninstalling a program

Discussion in 'macOS' started by skep, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. skep macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2008
    i was told i need software to uninstall something. is this true? seems kinda stupid to me if it is. looks like the only other option is to just send the folder to the trash but im sure thats not exactly a good idea
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    What app do you want to uninstall? If it comes with an uninstaller, you should use that. Otherwise, you should be just fine dragging it to the Trash...only a few residual files should be left behind, and you can get rid of those via a Spotlight search for the name of the app or by using something like AppZapper.
  3. XFce macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2006
    Thank you for responding to my thread
    I dragged FireFox into the trash bin but it’s still on my harddrive.
    I’m thinking I might need to download a UN installer from Apple’s website, or use the command line.
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Gotta empty the trash can to fully un-install that type of app.. the only thing is left a small .plist file for the app ..

    Any thing else follow what WildCowboy said for the rest..
  5. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Firefox in particular actually leaves quite a few things. In addition to the application and associated .plist file, there is a Firefox folder in the Application Support folder in the Library, a Firefox folder in the Cache folder in Library, a Mozilla folder in the hard drive's Library folder, and finally I remember a folder called FullCircle being created somewhere. And Leopard's Spotlight no longer show results in these areas :'(

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