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Question: How to completely get rid of Acrobat Reader DC?

Have MacBook Pro High Sierra, Version 10.13.3 Re: Attempting Removal of Acrobat Reader DC from applications.

Have tried to completely drag Acrobat Reader DC from applications to trash, but it will not remove completely.

Any suggestions? Thank you! Marge

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013), MacOS High Sierra

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Mar 15, 2018 11:52 AM in response to John Mascia In response to John Mascia

Visit Adobe's site to see if they have an uninstaller. Be sure you do not have it selected for use in your browser. Quit Acrobat. Drag the application to your Trash can and Empty the Trash. If you wish to hunt for leftover files then see the following:


Basics for Uninstalling Software


Most OS X applications are completely self-contained "packages" that can be uninstalled by simply dragging the application to the Trash. Applications may create preference files that are stored in the /Home/Library/Preferences/ folder. Although they do nothing once you delete the associated application, they do take up some disk space. If you want you can look for them at the above location and delete them, too.


Some applications may install an uninstaller program that can be used to remove the application. If you cannot find the uninstaller then you could download the freeware, Easy Find, to locate files that need to be removed. The places you need to search include:


  1. /Home/Library/Applications Support/ folder. Check if the application has created a folder then delete the folder that's in the Applications Support folder.
  2. Applications may install a startupitem or a LogIn item. StartupItems are usually installed in the /Library/StartupItems/ folder or the /Home/Library/StartupItems/ folder. Login Items are set in the Users & Groups preferences. Open it in System Preferences, then click on the Login Items tab. Select the item from the list and click on the Delete [-] button to remove it.
  3. Some software use startup daemons or agents. Look for them in /Library/LaunchAgents/ and /Library/LaunchDaemons/ or in /Home/Library/LaunchAgents/.


Some applications install a receipt in the /Library/Receipts/ folder. Usually with the same name as the program or the developer. The item generally has a ".pkg" extension. Be sure you also delete this item as some programs use it to determine if it's already installed.


There are many utilities that can uninstall applications. Here is a selection:


  1. AppZapper
  2. AppDelete
  3. Hazel
  4. AppCleaner
  5. CleanApp
  6. iTrash
  7. AppBolish
  8. AppUninstaller
  9. Uninstaller


For more information visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on removing software.

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