How to uninstall GlobalProtect on a Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
October 6, 2023
7 minutes to read

In this article, we’ll show you how to uninstall GlobalProtect from your Mac, as well as how to find and remove all apps’ support files to remove them entirely. You can use this guide to uninstall any software program on your Mac.

Uninstall GlobalProtect from Mac


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What is GlobalProtect app, and should you uninstall it from Mac?

GlobalProtect is a software package from Palo Alto Networks that allows remote workers to protect their computers wherever they are. Remote users can access a specific network by automatically establishing a VPN connection based on SSL or IPSec, depending on location and configuration.

If you no longer work remotely, you may no longer need GlobalProtect. We recommend uninstalling unused applications from your Mac to free up space on your disk and avoid possible issues with new macOS updates.

In the case of GlobalProtect, you can’t simply remove the app by placing it in the Trash. If you do so, you will get a message stating that you can’t do it because the application is open. At the same time, the application doesn’t provide any option to quit it. The method developers propose to uninstall GlobalProtect is to use its installation package file. However, if you no longer work for the organization that pays for GlobalProtect, you will be unable to download the installer. But don’t worry! Below, we will share alternative ways to uninstall GlobalProtect from your Mac.

Important notes and the methodologies used to uninstall GlobalProtect from Mac

  • At Nektony, we have been coding a Mac uninstalling tool for many years now. As a result, we regularly check apps for all service files they create in the system, and we know all about the temporary files applications create on a Mac.
  • Simply placing GlobalProtect in the Trash does not completely remove the app from your Mac. Its service files remain on your computer. To completely uninstall any application from Mac, you must also remove all of its temporary files.
  • This article will explain how to manually remove GlobalProtect support files. You will have to go into the Library folder and find the app’s service files.
  • You can also use App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony to automatically find and remove any remains of GlobalProtect.
  • If you have any questions regarding this article, feel free to reach out to Nektony’s support team. Our Apple-certified professionals will answer your questions.

  • How to uninstall GlobalProtect using the installation .pkg file

    This method of GlobalProtect uninstallation requires having the installer .pkg file. If, for some reason, you can’t download the installer, skip this section and go to the next uninstall method.

    Removing the app using GlobalProtect uninstaller:

    1. Download and launch the GlobalProtect installer.
    2. On the startup window, select Uninstall GlobalProtect.
    3. Click Continue.
    4. The uninstalling process will start. You will soon see a message about successful removal of GlobalProtect.
    GlobalProtect installation window

    How to manually uninstall GlobalProtect from Mac

    This method of software uninstallation is best suited for tech geeks that understand what files are stored in the Library folder and are careful not to remove important system files. Doing so may damage your system. However, if you carefully follow our step-by-step guide, you will see that this is not very difficult, but it does require some time.

    Steps to manually uninstall GlobalProtect:

    1. Quit GlobalProtect. For this, open Activity Monitor, select GlobalProtect in the list of active processes, and click the Close (X) icon. Activity Monitor window showing GlobalProtect
    2. Open the Applications folder and move GlobalProtect to the Trash bin. Applications folder showing the GlobalProtect app
    3. In Finder, press Cmd+Shift+G, type ~/Library, and press Enter. library caches
    4. Here, go to the following folders and remove all files connected to GlobalProtect:

      • ~/Library/Application Support
      • ~/Library/Preferences
      • ~/Library/Caches
      • ~/Library/Logs
      • ~/Library/Launch Agents
      Library folder showing GlobalProtect files
    5. Once you’ve removed all GlobalProtect support files of, empty your Trash,

    Note that some GlobalProtect service files may be spread out over your disk. That’s why, to ensure that you remove all of the app’s service, we recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will automatically find all these files in less than a minute.

    How to quickly uninstall GlobalProtect from Mac

    For this method, you will need a special uninstaller from Nektony called App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This software program allows you to completely uninstall any application from your Mac. It will even find the remaining data of already removed apps. Here is how to use it to uninstall the GlobalProtect app from your Mac:

    1. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
    2. Select GlobalProtect from the list of scanned apps.
    3. Click the Uninstall button and confirm removal.
    App Cleaner & Uninstaller window showing GlobalProtect

    Congratulation! The GlobalProtect app has been removed from your Mac completely.

    Note: If you switch to the Expert mode, you can see all support files of the selected application. App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing GlobalProtect support files

    If you’ve already removed GlobalProtect by just dragging and dropping it into the Trash, go to the Remaining Files section from the sidebar. There you will find the leftovers of deleted apps. Select the files and click to remove them.
    App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing remaining files


    We hope this guide effectively taught you how to entirely get rid of GlobalProtect on your Mac. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact Nektony’s support team. As experts in uninstalling applications on a Mac safely and completely, we will be happy to help you clean up your Mac from all unneeded apps and service files.

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