How to Uninstall Apps that Require Special Privileges

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Mac App Store has strict Sandbox rules. Some apps are protected by System Integrity Protection Technology and any third-party software can’t remove these apps. That’s why when you uninstall applications with App Cleaner, sometimes it shows a notification to remove an executable file manually.

appcleaner-remove executableIn this case, App Cleaner removes service files (containers, caches, logs, etc), and asks you to switch to the Finder and remove the Executable manually.

Let’s learn in details 2 ways how to uninstall applications protected by Apple SIP with App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

1. Separate Uninstallation

  1. Launch App Cleaner.
  2. Select an application you want to uninstall.
  3. Remove all its service files.
  4. Then switch to the Finder and remove the application executable file manually.

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2. App Cleaner Auto helper

  1. Launch App Cleaner.
  2. Go to Preferences and enable the option Check Removed Applications for a Complete Cleanup. 

After this each time when you move an app to the Trash, App Cleaner will detect it and show you a notification. It will ask you let it uninstall the app completely without leaving any trace. When the system notification appears, click the Complete Uninstall button. 

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 Then App Cleaner will be launched, and the service files for deleted app will be selected automatically. Click Remove Service Files for complete cleanup.

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