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rayw1
16th July 2009, 11:53 PM
Hi,
I have just bought my first Imac and have been happily playing around with it for a week or so and love it, at the moment I only have one Question .... how do I uninstall all the software (free and shareware) and all the associated files for them, that I have been playing with :) ,

Thanks
Ray

FineWine
17th July 2009, 12:00 AM
Welcome to the Mac world

Try looking here http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/36913-switchers-faq.html

Mac Ram
17th July 2009, 12:01 AM
1. Just drag the app to the trash.

2. Search for the app in spotlight and trash all associated files also

3. Use a utility, e.g. appzapper, to delete.

99% of the time 1 will suffice.

rayw1
17th July 2009, 09:37 AM
Welcome to the Mac world

Try looking here http://forums.mactalk.com.au/14/36913-switchers-faq.html

Thanks for the link :cool:

cmrn
17th July 2009, 09:37 AM
1. Just drag the app to the trash.

2. Search for the app in spotlight and trash all associated files also

3. Use a utility, e.g. appzapper, to delete.

99% of the time 1 will suffice.

1. Will never delete any associated files, as the OP asked.

The easiest option is AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/) or AppDelete (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

2. can work, but isn't the nicest option for a beginning user.

rayw1
17th July 2009, 09:41 AM
1. Just drag the app to the trash.

2. Search for the app in spotlight and trash all associated files also

3. Use a utility, e.g. appzapper, to delete.

99% of the time 1 will suffice.

Thanks :}

Mac Ram
17th July 2009, 11:28 AM
1. Will never delete any associated files, as the OP asked.

The easiest option is AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/) or AppDelete (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

2. can work, but isn't the nicest option for a beginning user.

Glad you clarified that.

The reason I offered the other options is cos I don't believe either appzapper or appdelete are free. The other two are.

Also a question - are associated files with freeware or shareware really an issue on Mac's? I know on windows you have to uninstall everything, but I thought on Mac's it wasn't really that big an issue.

cmrn
17th July 2009, 12:20 PM
AppZapper is well worth the money. AppDelete used to be free, but now the developer is charging for it. In my opinion AppZapper is a much more refined piece of software.

Some people claim that the left over files slow down the Mac, however the main reason I like to do this is cleanliness. If you don't delete the associated files, your ~/Library/Preferences directory will contain hundereds of unused files (also ~/Library/Application\ Support/). If you ever need to manually find the preferences file for an application, it is a much more pleasnt task if you have been using AppZapper.

And besides, there's nothing more satisfying than a "zapp!" sound when deleting an app :-)

FineWine
17th July 2009, 11:46 PM
AppZapper is well worth the money.

Some people claim that the left over files slow down the Mac, however the main reason I like to do this is cleanliness. If you don't delete the associated files, your ~/Library/Preferences directory will contain hundereds of unused files (also ~/Library/Application\ Support/). If you ever need to manually find the preferences file for an application, it is a much more pleasnt task if you have been using AppZapper.

And besides, there's nothing more satisfying than a "zapp!" sound when deleting an app :-)

2nd for AppZapper - great software does what it was designed to do and well worth the bucks.

Owley
19th July 2009, 11:21 PM
Just been reading this thread and was wondering what I do if I have already used the "Drag and drop to trash" method of uninstalling programs, to find the associated files. I will likely get Appzapper for future uninstalls.