Getting Started with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

app cleaner iconQuick Start Guide for New Users of App Cleaner

We’ve made a guide to getting started on App Cleaner & Uninstaller. Now it’s easier for you to uninstall programs completely, find junk files and change login items or other system extensions. This guide will help you to get acquainted with the tool quickly, securely and reliably. It includes setup, how to uninstall programs, how to remove remains and how to manage system extensions.


Step 1 – Set up App Cleaner

launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller and confirm access to the Applications folder to get the installed programs list. For this, click Confirm.

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In a new window, you will see all your apps from the Applications folder. To find their service files, you need to grant access to the Home folder. Click the Confirm button again.

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Now you are ready to start cleaning up your Mac. The application will start scanning your hard drive and in several seconds will show you the scan results.

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In a start window you can view the scan results summary:

  • The number of apps installed on your Mac
  • The number of unused apps
  • The total size of all apps in the Applications folder
  • The number of extensions
  • The number of startup items
  • The total size of all extensions installed on your Mac
  • The number of remains groups
  • The number of remains files
  • The total size of all remains on your hard drive

With App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can remove any item mentioned above.

Note: App Cleaner & Uninstaller provides Free and Pro modes, available with In-App Purchase. Both of them allow you to clean up your Mac and uninstall apps correctly. Learn more about the benefits you get with each mode of  App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

Step 2 – Remove Apps and Clean up Unneeded Items

  • 2.1. Uninstall Applications

    The Applications Tab provides you with the possibility of uninstalling programs on Mac completely without a single remainder of its cache files. The list of all apps installed on your Mac is displayed in the left section. The list of caches, preferences, supported document types, crash reports and all other service files of each application is displayed in the right section of the window.

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To uninstall an app completely, you should remove all its service files and the executable item. First, choose the application and then click the Select All option at the top of the right section. Then click the Remove Service Files button. You will see the confirmation window with a list of all files to be removed. Confirm the app removal by clicking the Remove button.

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*Some of your files may be locked. In this case, the application will require your confirmation and will show the appropriate message. Click the Confirm button to allow the application to remove unneeded files.


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Next, go to the Application folder and move the executable item to the Trash. And don’t forget then to empty the Trash folder.

Please note: If you use the PRO mode of App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can uninstall applications completely, including the executable item, in just one click. When you click on Select All, you will be able to select the executable item as well. 

  • 2.2. Operate User and Core Extensions

    In the Extension tab, you find a list of all system extension files in your Mac operating system: launch agents, login items, Mac and iOS installation files, and screensavers.

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  • View Mac Core Extensions

    Click Show Core Extensions to preview preference panes, internet plugins and widgets on your computer. Click Hide Core Extensions to hide them again. 

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  • Disable or Enable Startup Items

    In this tab, you can easily change login items and launch agents and stop programs from launching automatically at Mac startup. For this, use the switch button. If you don’t want the app to run at Mac startup, switch the item off. If you use App Cleaner & Uninstaller Pro, you even have the possibility of removing extension items.

  • 2.3. Find and Remove Leftovers

    When you remove apps the regular way by just dropping them in the Trash bin, their service files still remain on your Mac. These leftovers can be found in the Remains tab. To get rid of them, select the files and click the Remove Service Files button.

Now you know how to quickly clean up your Mac computer with App Cleaner.

App Cleaner is your efficient tool to uninstall unused applications and prevent unneeded files from cluttering up your disk.

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