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Uninstalling Adobe Reader 8

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Maybe I am just blind, but I cannot find any Uninstaller program or instructions
on how to remove Adobe Reader 8 from my Mac 10.4.11 (I searched forums and web alot).
Dragging the app into the trash seems not to be sufficient, since preferences and directories
are scattered all over the filesystem (see list below). Can AppDelete handle it correctly ?
Any help would be appreciated.

/Library/Application Support/Adobe
/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer.plist
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe
~/Library/Caches/Adobe
~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.acrobat.80.sh.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Adobe Help Viewer.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Reader.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Readerx868.0.plist
~/Library/Receipts/com.adobe.Reader
~/Library/Acrobat User Data
~/Library/Caches/Acrobat
~/Library/Preferences/Acrobat
/Applications/Adobe Help Viewer 1.0.app
/Applications/Adobe Reader 8
/Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities.localized
MacMini, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 4:00 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Also look in:
    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 5:15 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Yes. Usually there is no problem if you miss some, but the olugin can cause problems for Safari with PDFs.
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,490 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 5:25 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Can I just drag all the files/dirs to the trash?


    Yes, if the Acrobat Reader is the only Adobe software on your Mac. If you're using Photoshop, InDesign or other software from Adobe, then no. Some of those are common folders or files. In particular:

    /Library/Application Support/Adobe
    ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe
    ~/Library/Caches/Adobe
    ~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Adobe Help Viewer.plist
    /Applications/Adobe Help Viewer 1.0.app
    /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities.localized
    G5 2Ghz dual, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Kodak Eversmart Supreme scanner, Epson Stylus Pro 4000
  • emad&c Calculating status...
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    Apr 19, 2008 5:40 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Hi I searched the adobe forums, and such and can't find anything to uninstall adobe Reader 8, but there is a article to unistall DW etc.

    It might point you in the right direction but delete reader files instead of what is listed here.

    Also my adobe acrobat 7.0 application has a uninstall application in it. I take it there is none in the reader folder? I don't have it so don't know.

    Anyway have a look and see what you think.

    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=8f101099&sliceId=2


    Also here is someone asking the same thing in their forums

    http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b4c702

    russ
    IMAC, macbook, 80g ipod,ipod touch (santas bringing),Airport extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 8:08 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Sometimes Adobe Reader is needed. It can handle some PDFs that Preview can't. You can disable it's plugin using its "Internet" preference (from an administrator account).
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • emad&c Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 9:13 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Don't let it put you off. I read in a post before that if it is a demo downloaded from adobe you can uninstall it from their website. I can't remember where i saw it.

    Adobe does some good stuff. I use Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop Elements 6.0, Photoshop cs3, Indesign cs3, Adobe acrobat professional and adobe reader. So don't be put off.


    have a look at this thread

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6546009&#6546009

    uninstalling from dmg file

    russ
    IMAC, macbook, 80g ipod,ipod touch (santas bringing),Airport extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • emad&c Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Apr 19, 2008 9:17 AM (in response to obivoid)
    Hi found this thread

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6537139&#6537139


    russ

    look in applications/utilities/adobeinstallers
    look in applications/utilities/adobeutilities


    good luck

    russ
    IMAC, macbook, 80g ipod,ipod touch (santas bringing),Airport extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Uttrediay Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2008 2:46 PM (in response to Malcolm Rayfield)
    I have the same problem, and I removed the plugin, but what happens now is that Safari tells me it cannot find the plugin! I have to start FireFox in order to read pdfs. What have I done wrong? Safari doesn't seem to have any accessible pdf viewing preferences of its own. Maybe I should switch to FireFox, but I like the rendering in Safari better.

    LEF
    iBook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)

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