Sure, you can open the Applications folder, find the app you don’t want, drag it to the trash, but that does not delete all the support files, preference files and other cruft when the app installed itself. Is there a better way?
With apologies to Seinfeld, there is little serenity when it comes to deleting apps on a Mac. Apple doesn’t have an uninstaller so third party apps rule.
Fortunately, Mac users have choices, a few are free, most cost just a few dollars, but the best one is also the most convoluted, complicated, complex, and troublesome.
Enter CleanApp, a Mac utility which helps Mac users uninstall apps, including all the associated files– preferences, support files, and other digital cruft.
The magic behind CleanApp is a background process which monitors every app you install on your Mac so it knows where the app placed other files. So, when it comes time to uninstall, CleanApp knows where all the app’s files are located.
That’s just the beginning. Unlike the less uninstaller apps, CleanApp comes with plenty of extra features, including options to archive old apps and files, an option to uninstall Preference Panes and Mac system extensions, duplicate apps and files, unneeded language packs to save space and more.
There’s also a large community of CleanApp users and a massive database which helps to make sure the files you delete are the files that should be deleted?
The latest CleanApp version performs much better than the last version, so what’s not to like? A couple of things. First up, you need to install CleanApp and the background logging app before you install any other Mac apps to get the full benefit of the logging.
Second, all those extra bells and whistles are what is known as feature creep and don’t do much for the original purpose– uninstall apps and related files.
Finally, this new version of CleanApp is a performance improvement over the previous version which was a horrid upgrade from the version before that, which was fast and elegant and worked great. For me, version 4.x was a must to avoid, while the latest version is an improvement, but still loaded down with unnecessary features.
All I want is a utility that uninstalls apps that I want to delete.