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How can I uninstall adobe acrobat reader 10?

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JohnMoooore Calculating status...
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Apr 17, 2011 2:14 AM

I just installed this program because I thought it was better than Preview! But it's ugly and slow and it takes more than 500MB of space! How can I remove it completely? I can't find the uninstaller! F@#k Adobe!

Macbook Pro, Unibody 13" v7,1
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 3:58 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)

    Drag it to the Trash. Empty.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:22 AM (in response to sig)

    Also check the Internet Plug-ins for its PDF Reader plugin.  I can't remember what they call it, though.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 12:28 PM (in response to Barney-15E)

    AdobePDFViewer.plugin

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,465 points)
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    Apr 27, 2011 9:54 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)

    Other than a preference file and a few other small items in the Application Support folders, which total less than a half megabyte of stuff, dumping the main Reader app is about all there is to removing it.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,465 points)
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    Apr 27, 2011 10:51 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)

    Hi John,

     

    I used File Buddy to search for "reader" on my main drive. This is everything it returned that relates to the Acrobat Reader X:

     

    /Applications/Adobe Reader.app

    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Help/en_US/Adobe Reader

    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/com.adobe.Reader

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Caches/com.adobe.Reader

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Caches/com.adobe.Reader.ARM

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Application Support/Expression Media/Plug-ins/Helper Applications/Adobe Reader

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Receipts/com.adobe.Reader

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Reader_x86_9.0.plist

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Logs/Adobe/Adobe Reader Updater.log

    /Users/retoucher/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Reader.plist

    /private/var/root/Library (from old Mac)/Receipts/com.adobe.Reader

     

    The only one that isn't readily accessible is the .plist file in the /private/var/... folder. But it's only 29Kb.

     

    For the most part, Mac apps don't spread themselves as pervasively as they do in Windows. Larger apps like Photoshop (or the Adobe suites), Final Cut Studio, Quark, etc., tend to drop more stuff around the drive in the System or main Library folders. But for smaller apps, they tend to be the main app, a few things in the Application Support folders, and a preference file (or a few of them).

  • Holger Jensen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Apr 28, 2011 5:11 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)

    For future reference, you may want to install a third party uninstaller such as AppDelete or AppCleaner. When you open one of them up they will display a trash basket on your desktop. Simply drag the app you don't want into that basket and the uninstaller will search your system for all supporting files (prefs, caches,logs, receipts etc) and add them to the app. Simply click the delete button and all those files will go to your trash where you can then permanently delete them. 

  • RegMayor Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to JohnMoooore)

    Yes Adobe *****. BTW it is also a security nightmare.

     

    I too have a major problem with printing Adobe PDF files - they just show as blank in the print preview. What a crap piece of software and to think that Adobe are trying to convince Apple to welcome them into the fold so that Mac can become just as prone to virus attack as Microsoft!!

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,465 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:21 PM (in response to RegMayor)

    I too have a major problem with printing Adobe PDF files - they just show as blank in the print preview.

    In what? Acrobat? If that's what you mean, I assume you hit Command+P when trying to print a PDF file from within your browser? If so, that's a known, minor issue with the Acrobat browser plugin. Instead of Command+P, move the mouse towards the bottom of the browser window and a selection of buttons will appear. Click the print icon so Acrobat controls the output instead of the OS. It will print correctly.

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