10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 21, 2011 11:56 PM by elmac
wongfamily Level 1 Level 1

How to uninstall a program from macbook pro?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Solved by dwb on Apr 27, 2011 5:42 AM Solved

Just to expand on Allan's correct answer - if a program has an installation program you have to run - the installer might also act as an uninstaller or the disk might come with an uninstaller. Programs you just drag to the Applications folder generally can just be dragged to the trash. Since over time I tend to forget which is which, I use the Finder's label to label the programs that came with in an installer. This has an added benefit because often times it isn't save to move programs that are installed with an installer so the label helps me remember this too.

Reply by Allan Eckert on Apr 26, 2011 11:06 AM Helpful

Does it have an uninstaller?

 

If it has an uninstaller, then uninstall the program.

 

If not, then drag it to the Trash.

 

Most applications on the Mac are self-contained and can be simply dragged to the Trash, unlike Windows with their stupid Registry which is supposed to be kept current with the Remove Software but never really is.

 

Allan

 

 

 

tiger

Reply by wongfamily on Apr 27, 2011 5:29 AM Helpful

Just like that ? o.o

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  • Allan Eckert Level 9 Level 9
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    Does it have an uninstaller?

     

    If it has an uninstaller, then uninstall the program.

     

    If not, then drag it to the Trash.

     

    Most applications on the Mac are self-contained and can be simply dragged to the Trash, unlike Windows with their stupid Registry which is supposed to be kept current with the Remove Software but never really is.

     

    Allan

     

     

     

    tiger

  • wongfamily Level 1 Level 1

    Just like that ? o.o

  • rbrian Scotland Level 2 Level 2

    It really is that simple, most of the time.  Occasionally a poorly written app will leave bits of itself scattered all over the place, in that case something like AppZapper will help.

     

    http://www.appzapper.com/

  • dwb Level 7 Level 7
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    Just to expand on Allan's correct answer - if a program has an installation program you have to run - the installer might also act as an uninstaller or the disk might come with an uninstaller. Programs you just drag to the Applications folder generally can just be dragged to the trash. Since over time I tend to forget which is which, I use the Finder's label to label the programs that came with in an installer. This has an added benefit because often times it isn't save to move programs that are installed with an installer so the label helps me remember this too.

  • gaucho10 Level 1 Level 1

    How do I uninstall a program that does not have an "uninstaller" AND dragging the icon to the trash does not work?

  • elmac Level 5 Level 5

    How about letting us know the App.. sometimes Repairing Permissions & then using an App like AppCleaner

    will get the App out of your Mac..Then a reboot........

  • gaucho10 Level 1 Level 1

    I installed iVI (a video converter) that does not serve my purposes.  If I try to drag it to the trash the icon just jumps back to its original location.

  • elmac Level 5 Level 5

    Try the Install route! sometimes there is an Uninstall you may have missed..

    I would Restart computer, Repair Permission, Right Click on the App & reset the Permissions (at the bottom of the window) Restart & try the Trash route..

    It sounds like the App is running" - Contact the App people themslves, normally they are very helpful...

  • gaucho10 Level 1 Level 1

    Elmac, I just tried your previous suggestion of DL AppCleaner.  It found all my apps., I checked the ones I wanted to remove and restarted my computer.  All unwanted apps are gone, or so I think...Thanks for the valuable info.

     

    Rich Holub

  • elmac Level 5 Level 5

    Your very welcome..don't forget -> Repair Permissions & I always reboot after major surgery!!