How to Uninstall Programs on Mac – 3 Ways

Uninstall programs with App Cleaner

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App Cleaner is a utility that allows you to uninstall apps in several clicks. The free version allows you to uninstall all service files and for $9.99 you will be able to uninstall app files too.

Steps to uninstall programs through App Cleaner:

  1. Launch App Cleaner.
  2. Wait until scanning will finish.
  3. Find the apps you want to delete.
  4. Select the app and its system files.
  5. Press Remove button.

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Pros: Easy and fast to use, fits to any app

Cons: 3rd-party uninstaller

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How to uninstall software on Mac with all system files manually

First of all you have to close application you want to delete if it’s running. Then go to the Applications folder and move app to the Trash.

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Then uninstall service files and folders. Most of them are stored in the following locations:

Macintosh HD > Users >

[current user=””][/current] > ~Library > Application Support

Macintosh HD > Users >

[current user=””][/current] > ~Library > Preferences

Macintosh HD > Users >

[current user=””][/current] > ~Library > Containers

Macintosh HD > Users >

[current user=””][/current] > ~Library > Caches

For easy navigation use ⌘+⇧+GGo to the folder

Reboot your Mac and an the app will be uninstalled.

Cons: No additional software required.

Pros: There are a lot of apps with complicated uninstallation, that takes much time.

Uninstall Mac apps with provided uninstaller

Apps downloaded from the Internet sometimes provide special uninstallers that will uninstall the app completely.

For example, Avast antivirus provides a special uninstall application packed in the .dmg file downloaded from the official website.

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To uninstall apps with custom uninstallers you have to only find it, launch it and follow the simple intuitive steps.

Cons: Uninstaller is provided with an app, easy to use.

Pros: Amount of apps with custom uninstallers is small, hard to find, some uninstaller leave files on your Mac for marketing purpose.