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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Uninstalling applications!

I used to think that it was very cool to simply drag the application in the trash from the applications folder to uninstall it. This is nearly the only way of uninstalling applications that don't include an uninstaller. The problem is however, that some files remain on your system forever, until you reinstall the OS. There is a nice freeware called AppCleaner that lets you select an application to uninstall. The app will find every files related to that application on your hard drive. What is even better is that you can go through the list of files to be removed before actually deleting them. It will avoid the app mistakingly deleting a very important file. After trying it for a while, I think it works pretty well. You can download AppCleaner here from MacUpdate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you used AppZapper? How do you find they compare. I like the genie feature in AppZapper that allows you to find buried plug-ins that you may have forgotten.

July 10, 2007 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

I heard AppZapper is great. I never actually tried it myself so I cannot really compare. One of the main differences is that AppCleaner is free.


July 10, 2007 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This program sounds a lot like AppDelete, which does the same thing and is also free.

July 10, 2007 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Hagablog said...

Appzaper is great but not free.

July 11, 2007 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Philou said...

sounds a lot like uApp too...

July 11, 2007 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Simone said...

Tried both AppCleaner and AppZap. Actually I prefer AppZap but it's not free. After a little period you have to register it or the program doesn't work anymore.

July 11, 2007 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Doug Clark said...

if you really like appzapper, just delete it's own .plist file once your trials run out :-).

i just tried out appcleaner and it seems like it has a nicer interface and some additional features, such as finding apps on your computer, instead of requiring a drag-and-drop, and being able to uninstall widgets and screen savers easily. i dropped appzapper onto appcleaner. i thought it was ironic.

July 11, 2007 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you guys heard of AppTrap? It is also free and integrates seamlessly. You don't have to open an app and it runs in the background. You just drag the app you want to delete into the trash and a dialogue box pops up asking if you want to delete the associated files. Very neat - I would use it if it were not for the fact that I like AppZapper's extra features.

July 11, 2007 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

Has anyone uninstalled Google Destop? I am wondering if the index file was also removed or if I now have a file that will just take space on my disk...

July 11, 2007 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I really like uApp because its extremely lightweight, free, deletes everything that the application had on your system, and allows you to uninstall numerous applications at a time. Very fast, and did i mention also free?

July 12, 2007 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I downloaded AppCleaner but can't figure out how to use it. How do I uninstall a program with AppCleaner

July 16, 2007 at 11:50 AM  

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