How to Uninstall Mac Software


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Have you been bothered about how to uninstall software on a Mac? Perhaps you may be right to be worried. Well, below you will discover ways to get rid of apps from your Mac. Note that you are not the first and definitely won’t be the last person asking this question, as most new users face this problem.

How to uninstall software, Mac? The process is different from what you’ve seen in Windows, so now you understand why so many people are worried. Also, even some experts still find it hard to deal with certain Mac apps which tend to prove to be difficult to remove.

Difference between Mac and Windows

Let’s assume for a minute that you have come to be very familiar with the operations in Windows. On that platform, things work differently when compared to the Mac OS. In Window, there is a special installer wizard that helps put in software on your device and you must also use the same process to remove it. Though, Microsoft doesn’t do a good job by allowing software developers to install fragmented pieces of their program anywhere on the C drive. This can lead to a major security threat; it also causes a lot of problems when uninstalling executable programs. This is not the case for software on Mac, though; there is a very easy way to go around getting irrelevant applications of your Mac. Download the MacFly Pro. This is a cleaning app that can run diagnostics and display the list of apps you have running and after going over the list delete an application or apps no longer required.

Applications folder

Apple launched Mac OS X and made some updates in 2001. A user working space is separate from the systems files. The interesting thing here is that the programs are stored in the Applications directory, while the ~/Library/Preferences contains how the user will prefer the apps configured. There are also supporting files which are stored in the ~/Library/Application Support and/Library/Application Support. There are apps in the Applications folder which are the agglomeration of files packaged together. All a user needs to do is to double-click on the apps icon or the shortcut in the dock to launch the application together with all its resources stored in the system.

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This simply makes deleting an app very easy and simple. All that is required is to drag the app to the trash or bin and nothing else. However, if you do not run the Mac administrator account you will be required to provide an admin password to be able to complete the process of deleting an app.

Delete apps preferences

You can actually delete apps preferences from the Library. Though, it’s been hidden since the release of Mac OS X 10.6. Getting to it is easy using the Finder. Click on “GO” in the drop-down menu and hold on to the Option key. You will find the Library option between Home and Computer.

Stubborn exceptions

Now, let’s face some bitter truth. Some applications won’t go that easy as described in the paragraph above. Applications like Adobe, Microsoft applications and Mackeeper. Certain programs go out of their way to install files in very hidden and difficult places. So, it becomes difficult to find them to delete. Also important for users to be on the watch out for applications that are associated with the launch daemons (“launchd” files). It allows hidden apps to launch at boot automatically.

There is a way around this for experienced Mac users. The command-line Terminal app can find out and remove all hidden fragments. Best way to handle all these stubborn files is just to let the MacFly Pro do the job. Download this app and allow it run the diagnostics. Give the permission for it to delete all unwanted files and, hurray, it’s done. Basically, I feel this is the easiest way to handle all forms of app deletion. Generally, before embarking on cleaning or taking out apps, always ensure you backup your files and do this in your administrator’s account as Mac will always require a password.