9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2011 6:00 PM by Ramy M.
MiamiMacUser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am wondering what application I may be recommended to buy that will best uninstall an application on the Mac. Other than it having an "uninstall" option, I heard that an app called MacKeeper is a good tool to have. Anyone have any recommendations ?

iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (27,790 points)
    I like AppZapper. It makes a buzzy noise.

    However, in general (I'm sure you've heard this enough times), if an app is simple enough to be deleted by dragging its app to the trash, it's not going to leave a lot of files around. (Maybe some small pref files which don't affect anything else.) If an app is that complex that it needs to put support files all over the place, it will likely have its own uninstaller.

    Matt
  • 2. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)
    I am wondering what application I may be recommended to buy that will best uninstall an application on the Mac.


    I wouldn't spend money on such a thing at all. Any application that requires an uninstaller should include one, either as an option in the installer or installed separately somewhere. An uninstaller made specifically for the application is far more reliable than some program that has to make an educated guess as to what files to remove. I've seen people on these forums get in trouble when such programs remove something they shouldn't have. As for apps that don't require an installer, and thus an uninstaller... just drag 'em to the trash.

    For those few programs that fail to include an uninstaller, Google will usually tell you what you need to remove.

    Other than it having an "uninstall" option, I heard that an app called MacKeeper is a good tool to have.


    I wouldn't come near MacKeeper with a ten foot pole. The company has done some skanky things in the past. Recently, they took a domain very similar to the domain for a free anti-virus tool (www.clamxav.org, compared to the legit www.clamxav.com) and put a "download" button there - with the implication that it would download ClamXav - that took the user to the MacKeeper page. They've since been publicly reamed about it and have changed the page... *but have still kept the domain for advertising MacKeeper!* Plus, there's the fact that some of the things MacKeeper does as "maintenance" are things that aren't necessary and could even harm your computer's performance. Avoid this scamware.
  • 3. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    vea1083 Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
    I would rather suggest an Open-Source solution for AppZapper. Personally, I use AppCleaner which is free and has similar tools as appzapper. You can find it here: http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
  • 4. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Gattagattiva Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    AppTrap
    free
    http://apptrap.softonic.it/mac/download
    It appears like a light switch, in System Preferences. When you remove a program a notice will appear on the screen asking if you want to trash also the files that belong to the uninstalled application.
    Bye
  • 5. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,260 points)
    I just drag to the trash.
  • 6. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)
    Barney-15E wrote:
    I just drag to the trash.

    Most times that is not enough. The associated files especially the preference files never follow the application into the trash as you're dragging. Sure would be nice if they did though.
  • 7. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,260 points)
    No need to get rid of them. The only places an app can leave stuff that really affects the system are the login items, ~/Library/LaunchAgents, ~/Library/StartupItems, /Library/LaunchAgents, /Library/LaunchDaemons, and /Library/StartupItems. I can just drag those to the trash. I can even do that with the preference file which will be in ~/Library/Preferences.
    Apps that put things in those places are rare.
  • 8. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)
    So far I have tested a bunch of them and they all come up short.

    I find that do this job manually is more reliable and cheaper.

    Personally I don't think any of them are worth paying for.


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  • 9. Re: Looking for a good uninstaller for the Mac
    Ramy M. Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    CleanMyMac is my favourite uninstaller for the Mac. Other really good ones are AppZapper, Hazel, Genius Drive 3, and Xslimmer.