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Uninstall program, is it really uninstalled?


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Curious, when downloading and installing a program onto your mac how do you "uninstall" a program COMPLETELY.

Like in XP you have to go to uninstall program and then you still had to search out those files left behind and delete them (usually hidden somewhere).

Does Mac OS X work the same way? If i download a program and decide I don't need it and want to "trash" it, after dragging it into trash do I still have to "search the HD" for files that were associated with that program (left behind) and drag them to trash??? Thanks guys.
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some apps come with an uninstaller, if so, use it, if not, delete the app and any folder related to it, in a finder window, in the search area, type te first several letters of the apps name, delete all that comes up. but check the list first for things unrelated starting with the same letters.
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OK, that is what i figured... thanks.

but what about all those cache files? how do you know what to delete what to save? There seems to be a ton of them in my library. .plist files...
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Don't know if it works, but Allume Systems has a tool within their SpringCleaning application that claims the following…

MacUninstaller™ allows the complete removal of software and related files you no longer need or want. You can uninstall any application, package, control panel, or extension.
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plist files usually start with the name of the app that they belong to, as far as caches, the ones that contain most of the apps name should be deleted.
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Also some stuff in the Application Support folders
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