A Quick Mac Uninstall Guide
Written by: Heidi Faulkner
As you may see from our short funny video reminder, uninstalling applications and programs from Mac is a lot more easier task than performing it on Windows PCs with its registries and built-in uninstallers. Also Mac software usually has no such uninstallers and other files you won’t rid of even when you delete the program. It means that in most cases simple “drag-and-move-to-Trashbin” action is enough to uninstall from Mac the unwanted application, but “in most cases” doesn’t mean “in all”, does it?
If you need to delete the so-called “bundled” program than you should simply move it to trash, there’s nothing difficult in performing this. But if your victim is “non-bundled”, it usually means that some work is needed to be done. These programs usually leave some preferences and settings even after they’re gone, and they may occupy up to several gygabytes of your hard disk space! These files can be deleted either directly from Library’s Preferences folder (/Library/Preferences) or by performing search for their components through Finder. This way is the toughest one, but it’s also as good as running a Mac uninstaller app to remove the stuff you’re not using anymore.
Talking about third-party uninstallers bear in mind that judging from their settings they may delete even some essential settings or applications your to-be-uninstalled programs are associated with! So double-check everything before uninstalling and use trusted and well-known uninstallers like MacKeeper and kind. Let the free space on your Mac be with you!