Uninstalling Applications / Preferences

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ag227, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. ag227 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Normally to uninstall an application i dont want i simply drag and drop it into the trash, but this leaves all the preferences for said application intact through the hard disk.

    So how am i ment to uninstall and remove all these preferences and left over files without doing it manually?

    I know they do no harm staying there and the amount of space they take up is small (although it does start to add up), but its more of a psychological thing of me not wanting there for no reason.

    For example on windows 7 i use a program called revo unistaller which uninstalls the program normally and then scans the registry and filesystem for any left overs and removes them.

    Is there an OS X equivalent?

    On a side note..
    Ive heard and tried ONYX but it messed up my permissions for files and for the system and forced me to do a reinstall. Is ONYX recommend to use or is something else better?

    Thank you for your help
  2. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
  3. ag227 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, no. MacWorld says they aren't perfect, but they'll do more than just delete the application. Fewer things will be left behind, but some things will escape and hang around.

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