Uninstall programs on a Mac is not done in the same way as on a PC. Cs ome of them are even very difficult to remove. In this tutorial, we explain how to separate yourself from the software and their preferences files on your Mac.
Why Windows is different from MacOS.
Under Windows, wizards accompany you to the installation and uninstallation of programs. However, it happens that fragments are still in the disk C:, ce, which complicates their complete removal from the Windows.
When, in 2001, Apple adopted NeXT OS and launched in 2001, the Mac OS X system, the american company has decided to retain the concept of Unix, that is to say, separate the system files from the working space of users. This allows the user to identify and easily remove these files.
On the Mac, the applications are mostly stored in /Applications and your configuration preferences are saved in ~/Library/Preferences/.
Their separate files are located in ~/ Library /Application Support or in /Library/Application Support.
To access all of its locations, open Finder → Go, press Alt (option) and select Library (between Start and Computer).
To launch your programs with all of their files, you simply double-click it or on the icon placed in the Dock.
For the uninstall, you will need to simply drag them into the Trash.
If you use a Mac with a guest account, then you will be asked to enter the administrator password.
Delete the preference files.
In addition, since Library, you can also delete the preference files. Since Mac OS X10.6, it is hidden by default, follow this complete tutorial to the situate, or the indications given below.
From Finder, click Go, when the drop-down menu is displayed, press the Option (alt)key. Your Library will appear, open it by clicking on it and effacez preference files.
The applications difficult to remove.
Some software, like Adobe, Microsoft, or MacKeeper, are a little more complicated to clear.
MacKeeper, for example, that you promised a cleaning and an improvement of the performance of your Mac, borrows detours for its installation, which makes it particularly difficult to remove.
Besides, even after you have uninstalled MacKeeper, the application Uninstaller is not able to clean it all up..
You also need to monitor the daemon, these are computer processes that run in the background. These can be used for stealth applications to launch at startup of macOS.
The Mac users a bit more savvy to use the Terminal on Mac to be sure to have place net (Applications → Utilities → Terminal.app).
Alternatively, you can use the free app Find Any File (English). It is a program more powerful and faster than Spotlight. It detects any files, even those hidden, by scanning your hard drives internal and external. In addition, its interface is identical to that of the Finder, so you won’t be disoriented.
Be aware, however, that this program is to be used with caution, because you might delete system files. If this is the case, then macOS will ask you to enter the administrator password.
The shareware (software-contributory schemes) as Uninstaller, AppCleaner, AppDelete or CleanApp can help you to flush out the applications and their files “hidden” and do the delete.
We have not tried them, therefore we can not boast of their merits.