Back in the day all a Mac user needed to do to completely delete an unwanted app was to drag it to the Trash. Empty the Trash. Gone. Done.
OS X is a more complicated beast and installed apps sometimes spread their file spawn all over the place. So, deleting a Mac app today is a more complex issue. You can still drag it to the Trash and that deletes the app but not necessarily all the supporting files which get stuffed into Preferences, Library > Application Support and who knows where else.
Let’s take a look at three different Mac apps which uninstall unwanted apps.
iTrash – I put this one first because it comes with a price tag, but it’s drop dead easy to use. Drag an app onto the iTrash window and trash can and it looks for associated files, lists what it finds, and they can be deleted with a click.
AppDelete – You’ll spend a little less money on AppDelete but functionality is similar to iTrash. Drag an app to the window with the trash icon, and AppDelete finds files associated with the app, and gives a one-button click to delete them all. If you don’t want to delete a file, simply click the check button. There’s also a Lite version which is half the price. It finds the files to delete but you have to move them manually.
AppCleaner – I’ve been using AppCleaner for a month and I have to admit I’m impressed. It delete applications and Dashboard Widgets and does a good job for free. It works much the same way as AppDelete and iTrash. Drag and drop and click the Delete button.
All three apps do a good job removing most of the leftover files created by an unwanted app, but they’re not perfect, and a few files may remain. Regardless, any one of the trio will work to keep your Mac clean of unwanted apps, and free of most of their leftover files.