Uninstalling programs on mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Peter Griffin, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. Peter Griffin macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    I've just switched over from XP and have been problems with uninstalling programs off the Mac (osx tiger). In XP there would normally be a control panel which would show a list of programs on your computer which you could either modify or uninstall. There doesn't appear to be one in mac osx so I decided to drag the file from the applications folder to the trash. It appeared as though everything was fine until I ran a search in spotlight to still find some of the files still on my computer. I was uninstalling Limewire if this helps. I would like to rid my computer of everything associated to this program.

    What is the proper way to uninstall programs?

    Another question I have is about the dmg files which appear on the desktop. Whenever I double click these, a hard drive like icon appears. I then go in there and drag the icon of the program onto my applications folder. After that I unmount and delete everything (dmg file and hard drive like icon) off the desktop. Is this fine?

    Anyway thanks for reading
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    If a program came with an installer, then it might have come with an uninstaller, too. If so use that. In most cases it just a matter of dragging the application to Trash, though. Easy. If preference files bugs you, just use spotlight to find them and trash them, too...

    Tip: This question has bee answered more than once, last time a similar question came up was about an hour ago, here, so the next time you have a question, search or browse a little to se if it hasn't been answered already... ;)

    Perfect, couldn't have put it better myself... :)
  3. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Thanks for the help. Just coming from windows, I expected it to be more than just dragging icons.
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Common misconception... ;)

    Welcome to the easy side of computing. Most will be the same, but something might seem a bit strange at first. Only advice: Don't fight it, i.e. don't try to do things the Windows way, just learn to use your Mac the way it's intended, even if you find a couple of things frustrating at first. It gets better. :)
  5. daedulus1984 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    Question about uninstalling a program


    I registered as a user for this forum 10 minutes ago so I am not sure where I should post this question. Like Peter, I am having trouble uninstalling a program. Last night, in a panic after I received a message that there was malware on my computer (I was running parallel desktop on my Mac but have since deleted it with no problem), I downloaded a program called Avast Anti-virus Mac Edition. In my estimation, this program is not as good as I had hoped so I have been trying to uninstall it. However, every time I try to drag it to the garbage, I get a message that says the program is running. I have tried everything (with my limited skills) but I can't figure out how to close the program (ordinarily I would just click the red X but there isn't one) so that it can be uninstalled. Can anyone offer this college professor some advice? I would greatly appreciate it.


    Confused and Frustrated
  6. Roofy. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2009
    Try Finder>applications>utilities>activity monitor. Find the program your looking for, click on it, and press force quit.
  7. montycat macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2007
  8. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  9. és: macrumors 6502a


    Here is what I do.

    1. Small, self contained Applications (programs).

    This is simple and has been described above. Just drag the application from the applications folder into the dock. If you like you can delete any other information that might be stored in your home folder.

    2. Large Applications

    For things like Photoshop I use an application like AppZapper or AppCleaner. These delete pretty much everything that was installed by the original application installer.

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