The work with applications on macOS differs from other systems. Some differences are related to user experience, the others are related to the computer’s system. If you were using Windows, you may notice that often any installation of an application consists of the following steps:
- Downloading an app
- Launching the installation file (.exe)
- Specifying the installation location and other parameters.
The Windows will install the application directly on your PC.
There are similar installation steps on macOS, or it even easier. The users just download applications from the AppStore or from the developer’s websites and drag and drop them into the Applications folder.
Due to the fact that programs in Windows are not just unpacked and copied to your PC, their service files can be also found in the registry and in other folders of the system. Therefore, many users are aware that applications on Windows should be removed either via the control panel or through a special uninstaller provided by the program.
In macOS, Apple assumed that applications’ service files will be stored in one folder only. But unfortunately, sometimes developers do not follow this rule. Many applications store their caches and system files outside of its shell and it is hard for a user to find them manually. The problem is that Mac OS has no mechanism to uninstall and remove applications completely. Most users simply remove an app to the Trash thinking that’s it is enough, while all its service files remain on Mac’s hard drive and occupy useless space.
That’s why Nektony has created a special utility App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which allows you to remove applications completely with all their support files, such as cache, logs, preferences, cookies an so on. The uninstaller also finds the leftovers (remains) of previously deleted application and allows you to remove them as well. As a result, you can get rid of all unneeded files, free up your disk space and make your Mac work faster.