After uninstalling of Acrobat Reader from OS X 10.8.2 Safari doesn't display pdf's. I suppose that Acrobat uninstaller didn't remove plugin from Safari.

My question is how to cleanly remove Acrobat Reader?

  • I suppose reformatting the disk and reinstalling everything else is too extreme a measure…
    – Daniel
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 18:58

1 Answer 1


Remove this file to disable using Adobe Reader for PDFs in Safari:

/Library/Internet Plug-ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin


If you used Adobe's uninstaller, then you would think it would have deleted that for you anyway.

  • I would delete the file rather than placing it in a separate folder as described in this blogpost. By doing so (rather then deleting it), you can always return on your steps.
    – Michiel
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 19:56
  • Don't forget to do a secure delete. Why? Well a normal delete doesn't actually delete the file - it just hides it, and gives the file system permission to overwrite it when needed. Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 21:37

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