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How do I uninstall a program completely on a Mac?

I come from a PC background... every time I want to uninstall an application, I must use add/remove programs. On the mac, you can simply run a .app file from wherever you want, and many say that the ...
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Do I really need Bonjour on Windows?

One of my least favorite things that Apple does to every Windows computer during an installation of iTunes is that it installs Bonjour. On almost every Windows machine I've installed iTunes on, ...
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How to cleanly remove MacPorts

I'd like to cleanly remove all changes made by MacPorts as well as MacPorts itself, to try my luck with homebrew. How can I do that?
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How do I remove GarageBand?

I'm nearly out of space and ~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand is taking up 1.5 GB and GarageBand.app is taking up 381 MB of my hard disk space. Can I simply remove the app itself and this ...
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Can I uninstall stock Apple applications (e.g. Stickies)

Is it safe to uninstall stock OS X applications that I do not use? They're really just taking up space on my Applications list (and my SSD). The applications I'm eyeing for deletion are: Front Row ...
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How to uninstall a program through the App Store?

I want to uninstall some recently installed software which I installed using the Mac App Store. Is is possible to uninstall those programs from inside the App Store?
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Can I safely uninstall iTunes from my Mac?

The only use I ever had for iTunes was updating and syncing my iDevices, but since the introduction of over-the-air updates and iCloud, I no longer have that need. My question therefore is if I can ...
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How can I turn off the gamed service or more generally, any service?

Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager. Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for ...
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How can I remove this half-downloaded app from my iPhone?

On my iPhone homescreen there's an app which in an half-downloaded(actually, more like barely downloaded) state - (In case you're curious, I was trying to download Rage during it's ...
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How do I get rid of Genieo from my MacBook Pro?

I am trying to get rid of Genieo which accidentally got installed on my MacBook Pro, when I considered using jEdit. I followed their Download link which appears to be on sourceforge, when the ...
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/usr/sbin/uninstall? What is it/what does it do?

There's a /usr/sbin/uninstall command on my system. What does it do? There is no man page, and running it says "You must be root to run this tool.", and (after sudo uninstall -h) it says "URL is ...
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Can I delete any of the default apps the come with OS X?

Is it possible to delete any of the default apps in OS X? I suppose it is possible, but will anything break if I do? There's some, such as Stickies, iChat, Dictionary, etc. that I either have no use ...
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How to cleanly remove Homebrew

How can I cleanly remove Homebrew. I might have a faulty older installation, and I'd like to have a fresh start.
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How do I uninstall Java?

I have several Java installations on my machine: $ /usr/libexec/java_home -V Matching Java Virtual Machines (6): 1.6.0_24-b07-334, x86_64: "Java SE 6" ...
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Is there a standard uninstall procedure on Mac OS X?

I've seen advice on an per-application basis, but is there a standard approach like Add/Remove Programs in Windows?
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Can I uninstall the Messages Beta?

I'm thinking about trying the Messages Beta on OS X Lion. I'm wondering if I will be able to uninstall it if I don't want to use it anymore. If so, will I be able to use iChat again?
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How do I uninstall or downgrade from OS X Lion Server?

I've upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, then I purchased and installed the Server from App Store. Now I'd like to remove the Server features, and revert to standard Lion. I don't mind reinstalling, ...
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How do I manually uninstall the Developer Tools?

I installed the Developer Tools way back in Tiger or Leopard and I'd like to uninstall them now. I have Xcode 4.0.2. How do I uninstall them manually?
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How can I remove Firefox using terminal?

I'm a beginner with Mac OS X. Would somebody please tell me how to fully uninstall Firefox using Terminal on Mac OS X Lion? I'm experiencing hangs and crashes with Firefox 5.0.1, so I want to remove ...
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How can I force an app to uninstall?

I just installed an app that was a waste of my time. The problem is, when I long-pressed the app to delete it, it didn't show an (x). How can I delete it? I've looked through the settings. I'm kind ...
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How to can I upgrade Xcode 4.1 to 4.5.2 properly?

I'm trying to get Xcode up to date... but i think i have a little problem. I go in the Mac App Store. I find Xcode. I click on free button, it asks me to connect with my Apple-ID. Done. I get the ...
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Removing software that came from a pkg file?

I can't find the uninstaller. I installed some service using a pkg file and now I want to get rid of it. How do I do that? I would prefer not to use lsbom and rm and stuff. It looks scary.
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How can I delete VMWare from my MacBook Air?

I installed VMware on my MacBook Air (running OS X Lion) and now want to delete it. I dragged VMware into the trash and tried emptying it, but a popup notes that The operation can’t be completed ...
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Mac App Store: Don't show updates for an uninstalled app

I downloaded the free trial ('lite') version of an app on the Mac App Store. I didn't like the app, so I uninstalled it from my computer. However, the App Store wants me to install updates for this ...
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How do you uninstall Keynote 6 but leave Keynote 5?

I installed Keynote 6.x recently, and decided I want to use the old version (5.3) - commonly known as iWork '09 instead. I have deleted 6.x Keynote using Finder, but it comes back when the App Store ...
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Reinstalling XCode

I just upgraded to Lion, and was having problems with my old XCode installation, so I just removed it completely by running sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools sudo rm -rf /Developer Now ...
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How to uninstall NTFS-free?

I'm a pc user that started using OS X a while ago. I installed ntfs-free to be able to write in my external NTFS devices and it worked fine, but with the last OS X update it stopped working. In ...
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How to uninstall Microsoft Silverlight from Mountain Lion?

I'm trying to uninstall Silverlight and install an older version to get Netflix working again. I updated Silverlight to version 5 not knowing that Netflix would end up throwing a N8109 error. Netflix ...
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Completely removing old version of MS Office

I have been migrating my account from Mac to Mac for years now. Every time a new Office version is out, I'd install it (X, 2004, 2008, and now 2011) and remove the old one after some time. Every ...
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Uninstalling an incompatible color theme

Today I did a mistake I normally never do - I blindly installed a software on my mac without knowing what I was doing. I was looking for a dark color scheme and ran into this video ...
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Fixing “a sealed resource is missing or invalid” warning

I've changed the application icon of my Eclipse editor, and this causes a confirm dialog to pop up asking me if I allow the program to accept incoming network connections. I faced this before, but ...
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How to remove an Adobe 'upgrade'?

I accidentally installed an upgrade of Adobe Acrobat Pro 7 to Adobe Acrobat Pro 11. (I had the Adobe Pro 7 for Windows and was sold the upgrade without being told that I had to separately buy the ...
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Why there is no standard way to uninstall programs in MacOS? [closed]

Is not it ridiculous that every time you want to uninstall a program you have to google for some magical tricks "Delete files A,B,C in you /Library, run a .sh script from console, etc". Why Microsoft ...
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Update application install by another appleID

I use a mac install before by another user. This user install some application like Xcode with this appleID. Now this user not use this computer and I want update application he install before. I ...
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Uninstall OSX-gcc-installer without first installing Xcode

Is there a way that I can uninstall osx-gcc-installer without first having to install Xcode, then run sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools —mode=all ? I installed it on Mountain Lion, and I ...
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Uninstalling JAMBOX by Jawbone

I've uninstalled the Jawbone Updater software by deleting it from /Applications. However, I'm still seeing the JAMBOX by Jawbone as a Bluetooth output and input in the System Preferences panel. I ...
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How can I deinstall Drive Genius?

I had installed a trial version of Drive Genius. Now I want to delete it. I go to Applications list, it is not there. I search its name in SpotLight, it is not there either. But it keeps attaching ...
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Uninstall Lua from OS X 10.6.8

I was browsing the Lua source code and I did "make install". It worked perfectly but I could not uninstall it! How can I install Lua 5.0?
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VMware fusion 4 won't launch due to out of date, running guests

When running the Upgrade Installer from VMware Fusion 3.1.3 to v4.0.1, this dialog pops up: A virtual machine is running with an older version of VMware Fusion. Please use the older version ...
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Any recommendations for a before&after software installation scanner/uninstaller?

I'm trying to decide on an uninstaller that does before and after system scans. So far, I've come across these three: CleanApp (syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/) - which I saw someone recommend in this ...
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Uninstall VMWare Fusion and VMWare Tools on boot camp partition

I was using VMWare Fusion on a boot camp partition and installed VMWare Tools on the Windows volume. How can I completely uninstall everything related to VMWare Fusion?
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Remove preferences and application support files from already uninstalled apps

I want to remove preferences and application support files from already uninstalled apps. I have app cleaner to remove those files when I delete the application, but that only works for stuff after I ...
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How to Properly Uninstall Brother Twain Drivers in OS X 10.6

I recently had a situation where I wanted to uninstall a Brother TWAIN driver and rollback to an earlier version on my MBP (OS X 10.6.8). I found instructions on the Brother web site and followed them ...
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brew cask: howto uninstall an Application

I tried, while I am in /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom $ for i in *; do brew cask uninstall $i; done Error: appcleaner is not installed Error: avidemux is not installed Error: eclipse-ide is not ...
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How to uninstall Canon IJ Network Scanner?

I got rid of a Canon all-in-one printer/scanner, but how can I get rid of the Canon IJ Network Scanner (and other Canon softwares that might have been installed) on my Mac? It is not showing in ...
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How do you clear Mac install program files?

I installed a 30-day "test drive" of QuarkXpress, but got pulled in to other projects and didn't have time to test it. I now need to test it, but the 30 days are up. So I want to install the "test ...
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How can I revert to Snow Leopard?

Lion is crashing on me all the time and I am sick of it. I would like to do a clean install of Snow Leopard, but when I insert the dvd and hold 'c' on boot the computer just locks up and I have to do ...
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How do I uninstall Xcode?

I now have two versions of Xcode installed: Xcode 4 - installed in /Developer (bought from Mac App Store) Xcode 3 - installed in /Developer-old (I believe it was installed from the second disc ...
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Remove launchpad [duplicate]

I'm using alfred so no need in launchpad. Is it safe to delete launchpad, any applications that depends from it? How i can remove launchpad? Maybe AppCleaner application can help? Thanks.
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Expunge a corrupted Excel program

All my downloaded spreadsheets are going to Excel which is totally corrupted. I want them to open in Numbers instead and ditch Excel if possible.