Content marketer
24/12/2020
12 minutes to read

Chrome is the second most used browser among Mac users. However, not many people like its privacy policy, which allows Google to use almost any information about the sites you are browsing. Thus, Google Chromium has been created – the open source browser, which says that there is no sending of “spyware” data to Google.

Chromium is a legitimate open source browser. However, malware developers dishonestly use its name, and there are several notorious “fake”. Chromium-based browsers. If you suspect that you have become a victim of a malicious browser, you better uninstall the fake Chromium. Read the article to learn two ways of Chromium removal.

# Tip
If you do not have time to explore what macOS catalog system is, but you need to quickly uninstall Chromium with all its system files and folders, switch to the automatic removal method and uninstall the app using App Cleaner & Uninstaller tool.
This is a special uninstaller that will help you to completely uninstall any application from Mac along with their caches, logs, login items, preferences and browsers extensions.

Contents:

  1. How to uninstall Chromium manually
  2. How to uninstall Chromium with a few clicks

How to uninstall Chromium browser manually

The manual method of removing any unneeded application from Mac requires understanding the macOS catalog system which can turn out to be a time-consuming process. We recommend you to learn about the hidden Library folder from one of our articles first. Moreover, it is very important to be careful while uninstalling apps, so you do not accidently remove needed files. Such careless actions may damage the macOS system’s work.

Deleting Chromium browser by simply dragging-and-dropping it into the Trash is not enough. Such a removal method may leave Chromium service files on your Mac and keep taking up your disk space.

To manually uninstall Chromium, you should follow the steps below:

  1. Quit Chromium from Dock menu
    Choosing Quit Chromium context menu command in Dock
  2. Close all processes that might be related to the browser and run in the background. You can manage this by using the Activity Monitor. For this use the CPU tab, select the processes associated with Chromium. Click the Х icon in the left corner of the window to close them.
    Activity Monitor window with selected Chromium
  3. Go to Finder → Applications Folder → delete Chromium (select Move to the Bin option in the context menu).
    Choosing Move to Bin context menu command for Chromium in Finder
  4. Now it’s time to get rid of its leftovers. You might know that when you move applications to the Trash, all their service files still remain on your Mac. So here is how to find these useless space-eaters.
    Open Finder → go to Menu Bar and click Go → select Go to Folder → type ~/Library→ click Go.
    Go to Folder Finder window
  5. Check the following subfolders for Chromium web browser service files:

    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Cookies
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Preferences

    Finder window showing Chromium Application Support folder

  6. Then empty the Trash to uninstall Chromium from your macOS entirely.

You should follow these steps each time you need to uninstall an app on Mac. However, there is a faster and easier way to uninstall apps. You can do it in just one click with the help of a special software called App Cleaner & Uninstaller PRO.


How to uninstall Chromium with uninstaller tool

Previously, we explained how to manually remove the Chromium browser with its service files from your Mac. Nevertheless, since we have specialized in Mac cleaning applications for 10 years, we can say that manual removal might not be as effective as automatic one. Some files might be simply missed.

To save your time, but at the same time completely remove an unnecessary application, Nektony recommends using a special App Cleaner & Uninstaller tool. This is a removal application for apps on Mac. It allows you to uninstall any application, including Chromium, and to manage extensions, startup items and remaining files of previously incorrectly removed apps.

To uninstall Chromium browser automatically, follow these steps:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Find the Chromium app and select all its files.
  3. Click the Remove button.

Chromium application and service files in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window
As you can see on the screenshot, App Cleaner & Uninstaller finds all the support files of any app installed on your Mac. App Cleaner & Uninstaller supports more than 1000 applications.

If you removed Chromium by dragging-and-dropping application`s icon into the Trash and now your aim is to delete its remaining files from your Mac you should go to the Remaining Files section of App Cleaner & Uninstaller. In this section you can review all the leftovers that are stored on your Mac. You should simply select unneeded service files and click to remove them.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller window showing Remaining Files tab

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Conclusion

In this article, we showed you two possible ways of uninstalling Chromium from Mac. The manual way is quite time-consuming. Moreover, there is no guarantee that you will remove all the service files, because sometimes they can be spread all over your hard drive.
Nektony recommends using a professional App Cleaner & Uninstaller tool. This application was developed specially for quick, safe, and complete uninstallation of unneeded apps from your Mac.