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Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS
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Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS

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Uninstalling Mac OS applications may not be as easy as it seems at first glance. Many Mac users locate applications they wish to uninstall in the Finder application and drag and drop them in the …

Uninstalling Mac OS applications may not be as easy as it seems at first glance. Many Mac users locate applications they wish to uninstall in the Finder application and drag and drop them in the Trash. Later, they discover that bits and pieces of the application are still located on their hard drive, taking up space. Though often, the bulk of the application is removed by dragging and dropping the application icon to the Trash, as much as 30% of the application can remain on a Mac computer after uninstalling it in this
way.
Mac users need more information about how to remove applications successfully and completely from their hard drive to free up space. We offer comprehensive information to help Mac users better understand how applications are stored on their computer as well as a comparison between removal of applications on Mac OS and removal of applications in Microsoft Windows. Armed with a greater understanding of how applications are stored on a Mac, we provide detailed instructions on how to successfully find these applications stored in files in various locations on your Mac. Once you've found the files, removing them manually from your computer is easy.

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  • 1. 1White Paper“Uninstalling Applications on Mac”About the methods that can be used to uninstall applications on Mac.Tuesday, November 1, 2011www.mac-uninstall.com www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 2. 2IndexWhitepaper..........................................................................................................................................1“Uninstalling Applications on Mac OS”.............................................................................................1Summary..............................................................................................................................................3Introduction..........................................................................................................................................4How Applications Are Stored on Macs................................................................................................5 The Applications Folder...........................................................................................................5 Application Bundles.................................................................................................................5 Additional Files........................................................................................................................6 Application Aliases..................................................................................................................6Differences between methods for uninstalling applications on Mac OS and uninstalling applications onWindows..............................................................................................................................................7User issues with uninstalling applications on Mac OS........................................................................7Freeware and shareware that uninstall Mac OS applications..............................................................8 AppZapper...............................................................................................................................8 CleanMyMac...........................................................................................................................9 AppTrap...................................................................................................................................9 ZSoft Uninstaller......................................................................................................................10 TrashMe Uinstaller...................................................................................................................10Problems with freeware and shareware...............................................................................................10Manual removal of Mac OS applications............................................................................................11 Drag the application to the trash..............................................................................................11 Search for the application........................................................................................................11 Look in Library folders............................................................................................................11 Look in the Preferences Folder................................................................................................12Other Methods for Uninstalling Mac OS applications........................................................................13 Use the Installer Program........................................................................................................13 Remove Mac OS applications using Launchpad.....................................................................13 Use Finder to Remove Application Bundles and Application Files.........................................13Main Research Points..........................................................................................................................15About www.mac-uninstall.com ….......................................................................................................16 www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 3. 3SummaryUninstalling Mac OS applications may not be as easy as it seems at first glance. Many Mac users locateapplications they wish to uninstall in the Finder application and drag and drop them in the Trash. Later,they discover that bits and pieces of the application are still located on their hard drive, taking up space.Though often, the bulk of the application is removed by dragging and dropping the application icon tothe Trash, as much as 30% of the application can remain on a Mac computer after uninstalling it in thisway.Mac users need more information about how to remove applications successfully and completely fromtheir hard drive to free up space. We offer comprehensive information to help Mac users betterunderstand how applications are stored on their computer as well as a comparison between removal ofapplications on Mac OS and removal of applications in Microsoft Windows. Armed with a greaterunderstanding of how applications are stored on a Mac, we provide detailed instructions on how tosuccessfully find these applications stored in files in various locations on your Mac. Once youve foundthe files, removing them manually from your computer is easy. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 4. 4IntroductionMacs are notoriously easy to use and easy to maintain, but one thing Mac users often have troubledealing with is uninstalling applications completely from Mac OS. Mac OS applications are storeddifferently than applications on Windows. Uninstalling Mac OS applications often must be donemanually in order to successfully remove all of the bits and pieces associated with the application youwish to delete. Removing applications from the Mac using manual methods can be time consuming and challenging for some Mac users. The development of freeware and shareware programs have made it easier for Mac users to remove space-consuming application files from their computer without having to go through the manual efforts of finding each file where it is stored on the Mac and dragging and dropping it in the trash. But freeware and shareware programs vary in terms of their abilities to successfully remove all of the files affiliated with a particular application.Image 1: MacMost.com host, Gary Rosenzweig describes In this whitepaper, we discuss the various freewareand shows users how to drag and drop applications from the and shareware packages that are available to helpApplications Folder to the trash manually in a YouTube Video,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUEHTqxwRHA . Mac users remove unwanted application files from their hard drive. We also discuss manual methodsthat can be used to remove any files that were left over by a shareware or freeware uninstallapplications. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 5. 5How applications are stored on Mac OS Whereas Microsoft Windows utilizes a registry to keep applications organized and accessible, the Mac OS stores applications in bundles in “Finder”, the application that is used to manage the file system. Finder can be used to search the file system and launch applications. It is easy to located and use Finder. It is located in the Dock and can be activated simply by clicking on its icon. You can find any given application on the Mac OS, in the Applications Folder and launch it by clicking on the icon that represents the application. But, though the bulk of the application is accessible to be uninstalled from your computer via the Image 2: The Mac “Finder” icon, located Applications Folder, when some applications are installed, they in the Dock. may deposit files containing user preferences and other supporting facets of the application in your library folders or in your preferences folder. When you drag and drop the icon in theApplications Folder to the trash, these supporting files and preference files will not be deleted. Youllhave to go in and delete these by hand. The Applications FolderIn the Applications Folder on a Mac, applications appear to be just a single file, but in fact, you cancontrol-click on the icon for the application and see that it contains a “package” of contents. When youcontrol-click on the icon and youll be given the option to “See Package Contents”. When you click onthis option, it will take you to a window where you can see what the icon actually represents, which istypically several files. Application BundlesApplication bundles are unique to Mac OS. Microsoft Windows does not store applications as“bundles”. When you look at an application icon in Finder, it appears as though the folder itself is onecomplete clickable file located discretely in one place on your computer. In some cases, this is true.Some applications are indeed self-contained and store all of the files that are needed to run a particularapplication in one folder.If a particular application that youd like to remove from your hard drive is stored as an applicationbundle and you drag the icon for the application to the trash, then youve successfully uninstalled theapplication and you probably neednt worry about other files that have been left behind or folders thathave found their way into other places on your hard drive. However, if the application in question is notstored as an application bundle, you will probably have to spend some time looking through otherlocations on your Mac where application files could be hiding. Either way, it might be beneficial tolook more closely in your library and preferences folders for remnants of the application if youre intenton freeing up as much hard drive space as you can for your Mac. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 6. 6Finding out whether a particular application exists on your Mac as an application bundle or not is easy.Simply right-click or control-click on the icon for the application. If you see a heading, “Show PackageContents”, then it is likely that the application is a bundle. Additional Files Often, additional files that support different functions for the application in question, are stored on the Mac in various places. These additional files may have stored information regarding your preferences for the application, for example. Preference files often do not take up a lot of space on your hard drive and therefore, do not have to be removed, but many people like to have the option of removing them anyway. Image 3: Check the Preferences Folder in the user Library to see if there are leftover pieces of applications youve uninstalled on your Mac. Source: Carbonite, Manually Uninstalling, http://carbonite.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3701/~/ %5Bmac%5D-manually-uninstalling, November 1, 2011. Application AliasesIf you stored an alias application for the application you are trying to uninstall, youll want to removethat as well. Aliases may be located in the Dock or you may have to do a search for them. Do a searchfor aliases from the Finders toolbar. Type your application name into the Search field and then press“Enter”. Your Mac will then search for those items containing the application name. The Searchfunction wont uncover application files that do not have the exact name entered into the search field. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 7. 7Differences between methods for uninstalling applications on Mac OS and uninstallingapplications on WindowsBecause the Mac OS is fundamentally so different from Microsoft Windows, there are some majordifferences in the way applications are stored and uninstalled between these two operating systems.Microsoft Windows, for example, utilizes a registry and most Windows programs include anuninstaller. The uninstaller is easy to use and can be run by activating the Add/Remove Programscontrol panel. Once applications are uninstalled using this Add/Remove function, they no longer takeup hard drive space on a computer running Microsoft Windows.Many Mac users attempt to remove Mac OS applications by dragging and dropping the applicationicon in the Application Folder to the trash, thinking that, like the Microsoft Windows operating system,removing applications must be this easy. Later, Mac users find that these application icons were onlythe tip of the iceberg as far as the files that it was storing in other locations on the computer. The filesstored as a package under the icon in the Application Folder were not the only files or foldersassociated with the application. Then, users are confounded with the problem of figuring out how to getthese extraneous application files off their hard drive.User issues with uninstalling applications on Mac OSOnce Mac users realize that their application files may be stored in multiple places on their computer,not just in the Application Folder, they want to know how to remove those extraneous files from theirhard drive to free up space.With many Mac OS applications, it is necessary to go through several steps to remove all of the piecesand parts of an application from a Mac. Mac users who are trying to free up hard drive space may bepuzzled by the multiple steps involved in the process of uninstalling application files. There is somesleuthing required in order to find application files that have been left behind following an uninstall ona Mac. Manually locating the extra little files that have been leftover by an application youre trying tocompletely uninstall from your hard drive can be time consuming and require some effort. Thus, Macusers have looked for other resources to help them quickly and easily uninstall applications completelyfrom their hard drive. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 8. 8Freeware and shareware that uninstall Mac OS applicationsFreeware and shareware applications can help you uninstall Mac OS applications without having to gothrough the process of manually removing them. These freeware and shareware applications havevarying levels of success at removing all of the applications contents from your computer. The onlyway for you to know whether youve cleared all of the different files from a particular application offyour hard drive will still be to check manually. MacKeeper MacKeeper can be downloaded free of charge to removed unwanted applications, files, and programs from the Mac. It can be used to completely remove Microsoft Office Mac, Norton Anti-virus Mac, Limewire Mac OS X, Firefox Mac, as well as any other application on the Mac, leaving no trace of the applications behind.Image 4: MacKeeper. Source: Green, E. Applications andPrograms to Speed up Your Computer,http://www.dailyblogging.org/software/applications-to-speed-up-computer/AppZapperAppZapper is a third party uninstaller that searches for preference files for applications you wish touninstall. After youve dragged and dropped the icon from the Application Folder to the Trash, AppZapper can do the rest and remove the preferences and cache files that can be left behind. AppZapper also allows you to view and sort through your applications and license information. Image 5: AppZapper. Source: Wachtl, R., AppZapper- Uninstaller for OS X Snow Leopard. http://ryanwachtl.com/post/1271852016/appzapper- mac-app-uninstaller www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 9. 9 CleanMyMac CleanMyMac is a built-in uninstall module. It is capable of finding and deleting preferences files as well as other support files for applications that youre wanting to uninstall completely. It is an all-in-one solution for helping Mac users free up space on their hard drive. Image 6: CleanMyMac. Source: Johnson, J. Thanks to Our Weekly Sponsor: CleanMyMac. http://mac.appstorm.net/tag/cleanmymac/ AppTrap AppTrap is a free third party uninstaller for Mac. AppTrap is all about keeping things as simple as possible for Mac Users and it tries to provide the “uninstall” function that Apple forgot to include on a Mac. AppTrap doesnt actually function as an application, but rather as a System Preference pane that you install to run in the background on your Mac. When you drag and drop an application icon from the Application Folder to the Trash, AppTrap prompts you to delete the other files that have been installed in the library, preferences folder, or in the applications cache.Image 7: AppTrap. Source: Mac Only Source. AppTrap misses application files here and there, but creates ahttp://www.maconlysource.com/category/05-software-archives/ seamless interface with the operating system allowing Mac users to experiences some of the simplicity that is so familiar to Windows users in removing applications from the hard drive. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 10. 10 Zsoft Uninstaller ZSoft uninstaller can be used like the Add/Remove function on Windows, but it also offers other features. ZSoft observes installation of new applications so that later, if you want to uninstall that application, ZSoft knows how and doesnt miss any files located in the library or preferences folders. ZSoft finds and deletes temporary files on your Mac, freeing up even more of your hard drive space. It located files from applications youve already uninstalled and deletes them. Image 8: ZSoft Uninstaller Box. Source: ZSoft Software, Software Details:ZSoft Uninstaller 2.5. http://www.zsoft.dk/index/software_details /4 TrashMe Uninstaller TrashMe uninstaller is a user-friendly program that locates application files you wish to uninstall from your Mac, including those that are affiliated with the software, but located in other peripheral places on your hard drive. TrashMe is easy to use. Simply drag and drop the icon for the application you wish to remove to the Trash. TrashMe also protects Mac users from accidentally removingImage 9: TrashMe Uninstaller Interface. applications that they want to keep. Uninstalled applications areSource: Sultan, S., TrashMe, a free stored in a log file as well, just in case you need to look back anduninstaller app for Mac.http://techiezlounge.com/trashme-a-free- see the applications you uninstalled in the past.uninstaller-app-for-mac.htmlProblems with freeware and sharewareFreeware and shareware that is able to uninstall Mac OS applications may not be able to remove all ofthe additional files or folders associated with a particular application. In that case, you will still need touse a manual method to fully remove all trace of the application. Many of these freeware and sharewareprograms do an excellent job at removing those extraneous files in most situations, however, if youreintent on freeing up as much hard drive space as you possibly can, use a freeware or sharewareprogram to do the bulk of the work and then, follow-up by manually sifting through the files on yourcomputer to find any that have been left behind. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 11. 11Manual removal of Mac OS applicationsManually removing Mac OS applications is quick and easy and allows you to free up hard drive spacebetter than some freeware and shareware programs that attempt to uninstall applications for you.Manual removal of applications doesnt take long, if you know what to look for and how to find it. 1. Drag the application to the trash Start by going to the Application Folder on your Mac. Find the application you wish to uninstall. Then, hold down the control button and click on the icon. Youll be given the option to “See Package Contents” if the application is an application bundle. Then drag and drop to the Trash. This will be sufficient to remove many applications completely from your Mac hard drive. However, for other applications that have installed Image 10: Drag and drop the application icon from the Application Folder to the Trash to begin the process of information in your user library or preferences in your uninstalling an application manually. Source: Ho, J. preferences folder, you may need to complete additional Installing applications on Mac. steps. http://www.applesource.com.au/software/soa/Insta lling-applications-on-a- Mac/0,2000070819,339287568,00.htm If you still have the applications documentation on hand, you might be able to find information in thesedocuments about how to uninstall the application completely. 2. Search for the applicationUsing spotlight (a search feature on the Mac OS) do a search for the application you wish to uninstall.The search may reveal any aliases on your computer as well as any extra files you didnt find. Spotlightis supposed to create a virtual index of all files and other items in your system. If you have an alias forthe application you wish to uninstall in the dock, simply drag it off the dock. If you find an alias locatedelsewhere on the hard drive, drag and drop it in the Trash to remove it.Be cautious using Spotlight to find application files in Mac OS X 10.4. Spotlight on Mac OS X 10.4does not search system-related folders and it wont find extraneous files left by the application on yourMac. Using Spotlight on Mac OS X 10.5 or later may be profitable, but Spotlight is not terribly reliableat uncovering hidden or invisible files on any version of Mac OS X. 3. Look in Library foldersAfter youve dragged and dropped your application into the trash, its time to start searching throughyour computer for other files associated with the application you wish to uninstall that have been leftbehind on your hard drive. Its likely that the search that you did located most of the files associatedwith the application, but just in case, look in your library folder for things you might have missed.There are two library folders on your Macintosh; the library for the main hard drive for the whole www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 12. 12system and the library in the user folder. More than likely, if the application you wish to uninstall hasplaced files or folders in other locations on your hard drive, it would probably put them in the library inyour user folder.Begin by looking at the library level in your user folder for files that have names that look as thoughthey would fit with the application your are trying to uninstall. If you see files that look like theybelonged to the application, drag and drop them into the Trash. 4. Look in Preferences folderAfter youve looked through your user library at the “library level”, youll want to look at yourpreferences and see if there are any files stored here by the application. The application preferences areusually very small files that dont take up a lot of space on the hard drive. As such, it isnt reallynecessary to remove these. Their effect on your Mac will be negligible. But, if you see files that matchthe application you are trying to uninstall in the preferences folder, go ahead and drag and drop them inthe trash as well. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 13. 13Other Methods for Uninstalling Mac OS applicationsThere are other methods that you can use to uninstall application on your Mac if you just dont feelconfident that you can handle a manual removal and if shareware or freeware applications are not ableto help you out either. The other options that are available to you to help you uninstall applications onyour Mac will depend somewhat on the type of application youre trying to uninstall. If youre notwilling to go through the effort to search through your computer for extraneous application files, itmight be worth a try to use one of these alternative methods instead. Use the installer programSome applications on the Mac OS have an installer program. If the installer program happens to alsohave an uninstall or “remove” function, its possible that you could simply utilize this function toremove the application from your hard drive. This option wont be available for all applications, butnewer application installers often include a “remove” or “uninstall” function.Check the application developers web site before you uninstall an application. Sometimes theapplication developer will have information online about the correct way to uninstall a Macapplication. Remove Mac OS applications using launchpad If youre using a Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), you might be able to uninstall an application using Launchpad if you bought it from the Mac App Store. If youre using Lion and you purchased your application from the Mac App Store, simply start Launchpad (located in the Dock or in the Applications Folder). Then, find the application you wish to remove. Click and hold your mouse on the application icon until it starts to jiggle and then, as long as the Image 11: Launchpad. Source: Craver, T. Back to School application can indeed be removed in this manner, youll Apple Gadget Must Haves. see a small “X” in the upper lefthand corner of the icon. http://www.techny.com/2011/08/apple-gadgets-for-back- Use your mouse to click on the small “X” and then click to-school-os-x-lion/ the Delete button. This will uninstall the application completely. Use “Finder” to remove application bundles and additional filesUsing Finder or “Command F” to remove application bundles and application files can be somewhatrisky if the application was installed using an installer. If you use Finder to search for files that matchthe application name, you may be able to find a number of the applications files, but some of themcould still remain hidden or invisible.One of the risks involved in uninstalling applications has to do with suites of applications that share www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 14. 14code between multiple applications within the suite. If you try to use Finder to uninstall some of theapplications in the suite, other applications within the same suite could be rendered non-functional.Further, using Finder, you could accidentally uninstall system-related components and cause yourcomputer to become inoperable. Accidentally removing important system components is a particularrisk for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, and Mac OS 10.3 Panther users. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 15. 15Main Research PointsLeftover application files that are no longer in use after uninstalling an application on the Mac OS cantake up a significant amount of hard drive space. If youre needing more room on your hard drive,getting rid of these extra files can be pretty important. Figuring out how to safely remove theseextraneous non-functional application files from your hard drive requires a cautious approach,however. Some Mac users have accidentally removed files that affected the performance of their entireoperating system. Other Mac users have removed files that caused other applications to become non-functional.The best approach for uninstalling applications definitely depends on what Mac OS version youredealing with. If youre using a Mac OS 10.7 or later, you may be able to uninstall your applicationsusing Launchpad if they were obtained from the Mac App Store. Using Spotlight to search forextraneous files left after uninstalling the application bundle from the Application Folder may not bethe best approach for versions of Mac OS before Mac OS X 10.5.Uninstalling an application on a Mac is not always easy, no matter what operating system versionyoure using. The best method, based on the research, utilizes a combination of freeware/shareware likeMacKeeper, and a conservative approach to manual file removal to achieve the best outcome in termsof freeing up the most hard drive space. Using freeware or shareware to remove as many of theapplication files from their various locations on the hard drive can cut down on the amount of time ittakes to uninstall applications entirely by hand. Visit the web site for the application developer whodeveloped the application you wish to uninstall and learn more about uninstalling the application inquestion, and where files may be stored on your hard drive. By checking first with the applicationdeveloper, youll be less likely to uninstall application components that are being used by multipleapplications that are part of a suite or worse, components that are absolutely necessary for your systemto work.After removing the application using freeware or shareware, you can then use a manual method tosearch the user library and preferences folder for any applications that have been left behind, but becautious about removing files without checking with the application developer first. If you have doubtsabout whether application files in question are related to your application and have no functionality interms of other applications, leave it. www.mac-uninstall.com
  • 16. 16About www.mac-uninstall.comMac Uninstall is a web site devoted to helping Mac users successfully and painlessly uninstallapplications on their Mac. Mac Uninstall keeps the process of uninstalling applications quick andsimple for Mac users. www.mac-uninstall.com

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