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refers to removing software or parts of software from a computer

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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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Can I delete unnecessary device simulators of Xcode?

I found that Xcode on my laptop consumes much of its storage, so I am trying to delete unnecessary files in Xcode. There are four directories under Application/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/....
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Remove and Reinstall Python on Mac — Can I trust these old references?

I'm new to the mac, and apparently I've made some sort of error. I've been learning python, via tutorials, and between Homebrew, Pip and XCode somehow my versions are all mixed. Pip3 points to ...
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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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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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Unable to completely uninstall Zoom meeting app

I am unable to completely uninstall the Zoom meeting app from my Mac running macOS Mojave. I once installed the Zoom meeting app. Then I deleted it from Applications directory. Now, every-time I open ...
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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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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 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 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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What does “Reinstall macOS” do, exactly?

I was recently having some problems with iTunes, and decided to reinstall macOS Sierra. I held Command+R on startup and clicked on "Reinstall macOS" without erasing the hard drive in Disk Utility. ...
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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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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 business/...
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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 Jetbrains IDE?

When news version of Jetbrains IDE is installed previous version does not remove automatically. And currently there are no option (i.e. checkbox) to uninstall old version while installing. How can ...
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Restoring iTerm2 to default values

I installed iTerm2, played a bit with the preferences. Now I would go back to the initial configuration, but removing the app and finding and removing any file on the disk apparently related to the ...
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How to uninstall Java 1.8 under OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

There are a few answers on old questions about the same issue under Lion / Mountain Lion. Now with Java 1.8 and OS X 10.10 I wonder if anything has changed? Would be great to have exact removal steps. ...
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How do I completely uninstall Setapp and it's helpers manually?

The Setapp.app helper missed my first attempt to Trash the app (maybe an earlier version?). So I need to clean out it's various helpers and plugins manually. Here's what I've found so far: /...
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How to clean uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader DC?

Having to fill a government document I was suggested to install the last version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on my Mac (10.10.4). I downloaded version 2015.009.20069 from Adobe server. This software ...
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How to Uninstall Qt in El Capitan?

I know the thread How to uninstall Qt Creator on Mac Yosemite but I cannot locate Qt folders in $HOME/Library/. The following command is also unsuccessful sudo QtSDK/SDKMaintenanceTool.app/Contents/...
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How to completely remove Fuse for Mac OS X, MacFUSE, NTFS-3G

I want to switch to Tuxera NTFS for better support. But don’t know how to uninstall all these apps before completely switching to Tuxera. I also install fuse_wait.pkg but I am not sure how to ...
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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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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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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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How can I uninstall Safari Technology Preview?

I installed Safari Technology Preview, but want to get rid of it now. Clicking and holding on Launchpad doesn't do the trick, STP "wiggles" without a cross. The download is an installer, so I'm ...
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How to completely remove Nix package manager?

I installed Nix package manager, and now I would like to remove it completely. How can I do it?
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Delete / Uninstall iTunes on macOS High Sierra (v10.13)

How can I remove iTunes from my Mac? I've tried to delete it via Terminal and using the app AppCleaner. No luck. cd /Applications/ sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/ Results in: Operation not permitted I ...
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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 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 on-sale-for-free-...
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How do I uninstall Tuxera NTFS?

I wanted to remove the NTFS support I installed using Tuxera NTFS. When I checked out my preference pane, the option seems to have been greyed out. How do I uninstall it now? I tried disabling it but ...
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How to remove one old python installation from a system with multiple (non-system) installations of python

Disclaimer First, let me get the obvious out of the way: I have not touched the system-bundled Python. I know it’s important to leave it alone. I have, in fact, done exactly that. ☺ Background ...
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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 not ...
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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" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0_24-...
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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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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 to remove EPSON Projector Audio driver?

I made the mistake of installing the EPSON Projector Audio driver. It gets selected all the time, now, even when there is no EPSON Projector around. There's no obvious way to get rid of it. How do I ...
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Completely remove Google Backup and Sync from my Mac

I'm running macOS High Sierra and sometime ago I uninstalled Google Drive from my machine. OR so I thought. Today I see the Backup and Sync app in my Applications folder and when I try and delete it I ...
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Can't launch or uninstall Disk Drill

I've got these two icons in my menu bar, which appear to be an application called Disk Drill (see red rectangle): Basically, I want to uninstall Disk Drill and have these two icons removed from my ...
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Uninstall rEFInd 0.8-3.7 on Yosemite

I recently tried installing rEFInd on Yosemite using the command ./install.sh --alldrivers however it would not recognise the ubuntu 14.04 x64 for Mac disk I made and so I would like to uninstall ...
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Why I can't remove iTunes and how to remove it?

Whenever I run sudo rm -rf /Applications/iTunes.app, it is deleted, but after some time it's automatically restored. How can I get rid of iTunes forever without any chance of it coming back?
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Installed App with Brew Cask Over Existing Install, Did it Remove the Old App Files?

I upgraded to the latest OpenOffice (from 3.4.1 to 4.1.1) with brew-cask without realizing OpenOffice 4 was already installed: $ brew cask install openoffice ==> Downloading http://downloads....
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How do I uninstall an app from my Mac?

I know I'm a bit silly here, and I've just recently switched from Windows to Mac. All I would do on a PC is press Win+X and then the F key to get to "Programs and Features" window, and search for the ...
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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 can I uninstall the FTDIUSBSerialDriver?

How can I uninstall the FTDIUSBSerialDriver and FTDIUSBSerialDriverInstaller from my MacBook Air with Yosemite? They are shown in System Information → Software → Installations. The files are ...
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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 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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Remove ZoomAudioDevice from Audio Devices

I'm a mac user for years, even a developer, but I cannot remove this audio device from "zoom.us" from my Mac. Any ideas appreciated ...
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How do I uninstall Bitdefender Endpoint Security for Mac?

This application is not listed in my apps, nor does it ship with an uninstaller I can locate. The support site says to contact their support team, but the product is not listed in the drop down for ...
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How do I uninstall Setapp when iStat is running?

I'm trying to uninstall the Setapp. I was going to think about renewing my subscription later but it forced my hand because iStat constantly pops up a windows that says: Your Setapp subscription is ...
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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 ...