Application Removal

As you know, I test and use many applications on my Mac. Some of them for my own use, others for reviews. As a result, I end up with a bunch of installed apps. From time to time, I go through them and remove ones I no longer use or dislike.

Overview

Essentially, there are three ways to remove an Application from your Mac. Some Applications have an “Uninstall” feature. This works fine, but it is not too common. You can also remove an Application and it’s connected files manually. You have to know what you are doing here. It can be done, but there is a much easier way. The easiest and most thorough way to remove an Application from your Mac is to use an app specifically designed for Application removal like CleanMyMac, CleanApp or AppDelete. There are others of course. I have used several of them over the years. Recently, I have settled on CleanMyMac 3 which has an excellent “Uninstaller” feature.

CMM3 App Removal

Removing an Application using CMM3 is very straight forward. Just click on the “Unintaller” tab, scroll in the list to the app you wish to remove and check the box next to the app:

CMM3Uninstaller
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Make sure you have “Complete Uninstallation” selected then click on the “Uninstall” button. You will get this warning:

CMM3Warning

Click “Uninstall” and the app you have selected is uninstalled:

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Application Reset

I wanted to mention one more thing here. You probably saw the “Application Reset” button right next to “Complete Uninstall.” This is a pretty cool feature. Sometimes an app can be acting up. Frequently, what people do is reinstall the app. However, you can reset the app to factory settings by using “Application Reset.”

The procedure here is essentially same as before. Select the Application to reset and click “Application Reset:”

CMM3AppReset
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When you do that, CMM3 selects the items that will be reset and omits others:

CMM3Reset
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Just click the “Reset” button and the Application is reset to factory settings:

CMM3ResetComplete
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Admittedly, I have not used the “Reset” feature too much. However, I think it is something one might try before reinstalling an Application from scratch.

Conclusion

If you use a lot of Applications on your Mac, it is a good idea to have a third party app for uninstalling some of them from time to time. These apps are very thorough in finding all the bits and pieces associated with an Application.