Uninstalling programs?? help!!! 3rd party software??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by -Josh-, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. -Josh- macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    Is ApZapper worth it?
    What about, http://konstochvanligasaker.se/apptrap/
    Is that worth the free dowload, does it work?
    I'm new. I've spammed the crap out of this board, and I've gotten amazing help. You all should seriously work for Apple.

    So, should I go into the HD myself, and go to prefrences, yada yada? I'm new at this, so it's almost like a new language this way.



  2. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    Google "AppDelete"...It's worked for me and is the only App deleting program I have experience with.
  3. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    You only need to use a dedicated application uninstaller if you want to remove every trace of an application (i.e. the preferences or other generated data files), it is not a requirement, it's optional.

    If you just want to uninstall an application, drag it into the trash.
  4. -Josh- thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    Is that recommended though? doesn't that get cluttered up?
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The preference files that are left behind by most apps are tiny. Like 4 KB tiny.

    It's generally not crucial that you get rid of them. In fact, it's sometimes nice to leave them there in case you ever want to reinstall an app...your setting will already be there if you do. It can be an issue though if you have a corrupted preference file. Simply deleting and reinstalling the app won't do you any good...you have to get in there and find the preference file.
  6. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    It works fine for me. I think if Apple had a different idea, they would have included it in the OS. I've always dragged from the applications to the trash. Sometimes I've removed the control panel and preference files, but only when needed with program updates.

    Unlike on a PC, installing and removing Apps on a Mac doesn't make the OS into swiss cheese. (if that's what you're afraid of happening)

    Took me a while to get used to it too. :D

    If you're just trying programs out - you could always just run it from the mounted file, you don't even have to drop most programs into your application folder for that.
  7. byakuya macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    before you consider buying appzapper - I think it is not leopard ready yet.
    there are a lot of uninstallers available (search uninstall on macupdate.com for example)...I think any one of them is pretty much as good as the next one so it depends on your personal preference for user interface I guess.
  8. digitalangel macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2007
    What do you do with something like the MS Office test drive that comes with leopard?
    I ran the 'remove' app that came with it, but that seemed to just remove the prefs, and i am still left with 300MB+ of MS crap on my system! :(

    I'm new to mac too, so it seems crazy to me to just drag all that crap to the trash, and trust that there isn't any anywhere else on the system besides in the apps folder... surely being MS there's gonna be a ton of stuff sitting in the library folder somewhere undetected or something?! :eek:
    Or is it the case that for this scenario, an app deleting app :confused: would be a better way to go?

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