Why can't I delete certain apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Koll, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Koll macrumors member

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    Why can't I delete certain apps?. For example, I've just installed Chrome for Mac. I don't like it and want to remove it. But when I move the app to trash, it just re-appears in apps folder, which is where it was in the first place!!! Got other that do that as well.

    This is on a new macbook pro running latest Snow Leopard, but had the same on my old macbook as well.

    Any help appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Simple answer. Permissions.

    Delete from Finder rather than trying to use stacks and it'll simply ask you for your admin password. Bingo
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    In addition, deleting the Chrome.app will still leave files and folders related to Chrome on your computer. It's not a big problem if it does... they just take up space and won't hurt anything. If you want to remove all traces of the app, here is some helpful information:

    AppZapper, AppCleaner, TrashMe, and similar apps do not do a thorough job of removing all files/folders related to deleted apps. I tested several of these, using Skype as the app to be removed. Of 17 items to be removed:
    AppZapper missed 13 items
    AppCleaner missed 11 items
    AppDelete missed 8 items​
    I also tested AppTrap, CleanMyMac and a few others, but don't recall how many items they missed. All left files/folders behind. In most cases, they remove .plist files and a few others, but leave behind much larger files and folders. (you will find a discussion of these tests in the thread linked below)

    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

    Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
     
  4. Koll thread starter macrumors member

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    I've downloaded appdelete which did the job fine.

    Thank you.
     
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    So you think....
     
  6. Koll thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried the "Best way to FULLY DELETE a program" as above but I don't get the option to choose system files in Finder as shown in the example, so used appdelete.

    Why don't I get the System Files option?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Look at step 4. See the red circled "-" button just below the circled search term "Skype"? It's a "+" until you click it.
     
  8. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    Fantastic...Just what I was looking for. Thanks for the link and the time to write it all up. I'm new to OSX and I figured that if those "uninstallers" were anything like the ones in Windows, that they left a lot of crap behind. I used an uninstaller last night to remove FireFox, and then used your manual method and found several folders, pref files, bookmark files, plist files, etc.,etc. I didn't count them, but there was a lot left behind.
     
  9. Koll thread starter macrumors member

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    Mine shows a "+" from the start which I click and still don't get System Files option?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    See the "Other" at the end of the list? Click that.
     
  11. Koll thread starter macrumors member

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    That worked thanks. Sorry I'm such a dumbo!!!
     

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