Are you perhaps still getting rid of programs by moving their icon to the Trash Bin? We hope that you don’t that anymore, though. However, if you’re still doing it, you must be aware that most of the time, the programs tend to keep all their service files on your Mac device.
This results to you unknowingly storing huge amount of unnecessary files on your Mac’s hard drive. But don’t worry, because in this article, we will share you 3 ways to uninstall programs on Mac correctly without their respective traces getting left behind. Follow this guide and learn how to uninstall programs on Mac in the most effective ways.
So, without further ado, let’s check them out!
Benefits of Uninstalling Mac Programs
Eliminating unnecessary or rarely-used applications aids you to acquire more free storage space and significantly improve the overall performance of your Mac device.
Of course, for all we know, a clean Mac is much better compared to a cluttered one.
A good example is installing certain trials of commercial apps. And let’s say you’re not yet ready to purchase it when the trial ends. There is a huge probability that those inactive Mac programs are not being patched and they are most likely set up to update.
This also means that your device may be left hanging vulnerable to being exploited.
What’s worse is that if those programs are set to auto start-up when your device boots up, then for sure they will just slow down your device’s start-time.
On a side note, adware as well as malware are pretty common when it comes to Mac devices. Many download websites out there except for the Mac App Store come with bundled 3rd-party programs or plugins to the freeware you downloaded and installed on your device.
But little did you know is that those programs and plugins begin injecting sneaky ads into your web browsers, which ultimately hurt your browsing experience.
That’s why getting rid of those 3rd-party services and programs can significantly aid you to make your device much faster and secure. Moreover, you’ll get more storage space to save the things dearest to you such as precious documents, videos, pictures, and so on.
How to Uninstall Programs on Mac
First Method: Uninstalling Certain Programs That Are Hard to Get Rid Of
If you have an issue getting rid of certain program using the above methods or any other normal means, then this method is perfect.
You see, certain programs many not be easily eliminated because of many reasons such as software errors or crashes. In such instances, you can perform a fast search on Google. Simply put in the search query the word “uninstaller for” and followed by the name of the program that you want to get rid of.
For instance, to eliminate Adobe Flash on Mac, Adobe actually provides a particular uninstaller for Mac users out there. On the flips side, not all software makers are like Oracle or Adobe, thus you may not be able to seek for the information for particular programs to get rid of.
Second Method: Using a Cleaner Software
If you have a list of programs that you want to uninstall and you have no clue on what they are, then this method is perfect for you. In addition to that, you don’t need to put lots of time because you can get rid of the apps in bulk.
In particular, we highly suggest using CLEANMYMAC. This one is software that is primarily made to clean up Mac drive. But now, it got an update known as Uninstaller. This update can be utilized to immediately scan your device for a list of programs.
What you want to do is choose the programs that you want to delete and simply press the Uninstall button and you’re go to go. Using CLEANMYMAC is a lot more convenient. It’s software that can also detect and get rid of bundled plugins.
Furthermore, CLEANMYMAC doesn’t only get rid of unnecessary applications you have but it also enables you to deep clean other unwanted items and files that you most likely don’t need.
Third Method: Manual Uninstallation
This method is best use if you only have little programs to eliminate, and they are downloaded from the official website of App Store.
Now, for programs directly downloaded from the Mac App Store, simply go to Launchpad by pinching the thumb and 3 fingers together on the Track-pad or by pressing the icon in the Dock. Search the app that you want to get rid of, hold down its respective icon until you notice it moves, then just press the “X” button to get rid of it.
As for programs that are downloaded from other websites, on your desktop, press Go, then Applications, then search the applications that you want to get rid of. Drag them to the Trash, or simply press Command, then Del. After that, open Trash and press Empty Trash, and you’re good to go.
After that, make sure to get rid of the remaining folders and files as well. There are applications that could have made some extra folders or files when you downloaded and installed them. Thus, it is ideal to clear them also. To execute the clearing process, click Go, then Library.
From this point, you’ll find several items related to the applications you just eliminated, just search for the related files and get rid of them. Keep in mind that if you want to get rid of programs that were installed using the Mac package installers, you might be prompted to put the user password before you can have the access to get rid of them.
Fourth Method: Getting Rid of Malware and Adware
This method is best utilized when you suspect that your Mac has adware or certain 3rd-party malicious programs.
MacBooster is our preferred clearing up for this method. We like it because it doesn’t only give users an Uninstaller feature for getting rid of unwanted programs, but it also comes with an antimalware feature that keeps your device protected from malware, adware, virus, spyware, and other malicious threats lurking out there.
Aside from that, it does an excellent task in system clearing up.
Clearing-Up Leftover files
Even though this is not true in some instances as we mentioned earlier, certain programs will leave behind some remnants of bits of data that are not necessary for the device. After all, you deleted the main program, so they have no use at all.
That’s why if you are that kind of a space-conscious individual and you might want to do some deep clearing, then the fastest way to do so is to utilize 3rd-party utility software that will automatically search for the unwanted remnants and get rid of them. And that app is the APPCLEANER.
This software is free and very easy to use. After downloading and installing it, just follow the following steps below and you’re good to go.
- Open the cleaning software
- Drag a certain program to the APPCLEANER window
- The app will scan and search for all linked files
- Make sure to “check” the folders and files that you want the software to get rid of
- Press the Remove button
- In some instances you will be required to login with an administrator account to give access
After following the steps above, the software will move the selected programs as well as their associated files to the Trash.
In addition to these, APPCLEANER also comes with a “SMARTDELETE” feature, which is placed in its Preferences menu. Such feature can save you from needing to checkmark each fodler and file before the software get rids of them.
Similar to the other methods we discussed above, you will be required to empty the Trash before the programs are actually eliminated from your hard drive.
Manual Way of Cleaning Up Remnant Files and Folders
Now, if you don’t like using 3rd-party options, then you can simply dig around and search for yourself. Of course, it’s not that of a daunting task. However, you must have at least some basic knowledge to do so.
For manually doing it, you can find these remnants of data in your Library folder. Follow the steps below and you’re good to go.
- Open a Finder window
- Press on the Go menu located in the top menu bar
- Press down the Option button
- You will find a new folder pop up tilted Library
- Press on Library
After following these steps, you’ll easily find the programs that you want to get rid of manually.
With all of the methods and information we shared above, you should know now how to uninstall program on Mac in three awesome ways. Not to mention that we included a bonus method.
You see, as you try out various kinds of Mac programs, you will most likely realize that there is a certain good thing in simple Mac features and tools. These are actually normally crafted by motivated developers and don’t have any bloat-ware.
Such utilities don’t clutter your Library folder with associated folders and files, which ultimately, make them easy to get rid of.
How about you? Do you have uninstalling method of your own? If so, we will be glad if you share it in the comment section below!