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  1. #1

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    Sep 27, 2008
    Mac way of uninstalling?
    Hey I'm quite new to mac's and am just used to the windows way of deleting and uninstalling items. I read somewhere the to delete items you just need to simply move the item into the trash bin, and then empty the trash can. Does this truly delete the item? if not is there a program to completely delete it? (i know I had to use a program to completely delete an item in windows).
    Also when it comes to uninstalling programs, there is no uninstallation program. How do I properly uninstall a program?

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    Mar 17, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Way... way too many specs to list.
    The vast majority of applications do not use an uninstaller, simply dragging them to the trash does in deed delete them.
    This machine kills fascists
    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Member Since
    Sep 27, 2008
    oh kwl ty for the fast response. It just seems to fast for deleting, thus to good to be true. I now like my mac even more . I just dont like how mac's hide files away thou o.0

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    hughvane's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 18, 2008
    Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand
    MacMini 4.1, OS 10.11 and 10.6; Macbook Pro 8.2, OS 10.12, MacBook 4.1, OS 10.6.8
    In addition to what DysF has said, you can Secure Empty Trash if you want to overwrite with 0's and 1's the space that the item once occupied.

    As advised, that is not necessary most of the time, unless the material is sensitive and you don't wish any record of it to remain.

    There is a third and even stronger method of removing items, and that is to Erase Free Space after deleting the item(s). It's a tedious process, but it is very secure.

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    Aug 02, 2005
    2.6GHz Core i7 15" MacBook Pro - 8GB DDR3 SDRAM - 750GB 7200 RPM HDD - GeForce 650M GT 1GB VRAM
    If you want to remove the preferences and extra stuff (like extensions and bookmarks for a web browser) associated with a program in addition to the program itself, look in the folders ~/Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Application Support and erase the appropriate files/folders. Other than that, simply deleting the .app is how you get rid of any program that didn't use an installer to be installed. If it did use an installer, it probably came with an uninstaller.

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