FAQ – App Uninstaller

01. I know that applications on Mac OS X could be deleted simply by putting into the Trash. Why do I need a separate app for uninstallation?

Yes, applications on OSX can be deleted simply by putting them into the trash. Nevertheless, some service and temporary files from the deleted app still remain. Little by little these files can take up a huge amount of hard drive space.

02. What are service files and why are they needed?

Service files are created during an app’s operating process, they save information about app preferences, logs, error reports and supporting data.

Usually, there is no need in them after the app was deleted.

03. Is it safe to uninstall applications for system performance?

App Uninstaller scans service files related to a specific application by its Bundle ID, that’s why app removal does not influence on system operating. Nevertheless, please be sure that you don’t need this app.

04. Are there any usage restrictions on applications?

App Uninstaller does not allow you to delete apps from Apple. This is done to prevent any violations of system integrity or performance, as many apps are required by the system and their removal is not desirable, e.g. Terminal app.

05. What are Remains?

Remains are the that are left on the hard drive even though applications that used them are no longer in the system (this occurs when apps are removed into Trash by dragging).

06. What is Trash monitoring?

App Uninstaller could watch for app’s removing into Trash. In case the app is removed in common way, App Uninstaller proposes to delete its service files right away.

07. What are deinstallation recommendations (button in the left bottom corner)?

App Uninstaller following the results of scanning could propose you to delete unnecessary files – Remains, otherwise switch on tracking of manual apps’ removal, etc..

08. Are files removed permanently?

While uninstallation all applications and its service files are deleted permanently. They cannot be recovered. Thus, be accurate removing applications.

09. What are Large & Old applications?

For a quick disk cleanup (by deleting of unnecessary applications) it is reasonable to delete largest applications that are not needed anymore or just rarely used. Large & Old is a smart algorithm realized especially for such cases.

10. Is it possible to skip specific applications from being searched?

Yes, there is such a possibility. Enter application Preferences go to Skip List tab and add all exclusions into the list, i.e. applications that shouldn’t be scanned and proposed for a removal.

11. What do Extension files mean?

Extensions are hidden service files, that allow you to customize programs and the system. App Uninstaller shows the following extension items:

  • Launch Agents
  • Login Items
  • Installations
  • Screen Savers
  • Preference Panes
  • Internet Plugins
  • Widgets
12. Why are Core Extensions hidden by default in the list of scanned items?

There are 2 types of extensions shown with App Uninstaller:

  • User extensions
  • Core Extensions

You have to be extremely careful with Core Extensions – removal of some of them may damage the system. Please operate Core Extensions only if you clearly understand what are you doing.

13. What user data does the application collect?

App Uninstaller stores information about the errors in order to improve the product and provide a better service. A list of apps uninstalled with App Uninstaller is collected to prevent possible errors. Any user activity that does not rely on App Uninstaller Privacy Statement is not stored.

14. Why is App Uninstaller not shown in the Launchpad?

By default, the Mac operating system doesn’t add any uninstaller to the Launchpad. This means that all programs designed to remove and uninstall applications on Mac can’t be opened from the Launchpad. You have to go to the Applications folders and find it there. However, if you need the app quite often, you can add it to the Dock panel. For this, just drag and drop App Uninstaller to the Dock panel.