How to Uninstall An Application From Macbook Pro?

Although, uninstalling a program/application from Mac is a very process. You need to locate the app from the “Applications” folder and drag and drop it to trash.

And you are done.. But sometimes it is not so.


There are various applications which even after removal, leaves junk files, data stored within the app and changes it may have done to your system. Thus, permanent removal means deleting all unnecessary data and files associated with the program.

Why You Should Choose To Uninstall An Application From Macbook Pro?

There are many valid reasons, you should think about uninstalling apps.

First of all, applications you rarely use may still keep consuming your memory. This can slow down your system.
Secondly, they have various permissions. For instance, they use your microphone, local disks, camera, browsers and so on.

Sometimes, adware/malicious apps come bundled with freeware downloads. This happens silently, when users hurry through the install process and do not choose custom/advanced setup process.

Adware or unwanted apps can be very annoying and harmful too. If you are facing any trouble because of adware or think your Mac or PC is infected with sort of virus, then you must remove it.

Manual removal of unwanted applications is much more than moving to trash. As this is not a permanent solution to it. As said above, they leave behind the launch agents, preferences, logins and process files. These unnecessary files not only slow down the Mac system but also may raise other issues.

For such kinds of apps, you can use a dedicated application uninstaller and cleaner to permanently uninstall an application from Macbook Pro.

To Uninstall An Application From Macbook Pro, follow the steps below:

Here are the manual ways which can help you to Uninstall A Program From Mac Computers.

Method 1: Uninstall A Program From Macbook Pro

  • Open Finder;
    Open Finder

    Open Finder

  • Click on “Applications” within the sidebar;
    Choose Applications

    Choose Applications

  • Next, find the application you want to remove.
  • Choose the “Move to Trash” option.
    Remove Application

    Remove Application


  • Open your “Launchpad” on your dock.
  • Click and hold the application to want to delete;
  • An “X” will appear on the top-right of the app. Click on “X” to trash the app. Or drag and drop the application’s icon to the trash.
  • After that, “Empty Trash” to permanently get rid of unwanted applications.

How To Remove Applications That Don’t Go Away By Uninstalling?

For such types of programs, that doesn’t allow you to uninstall it. Then you need to dig a little deep within the library to manually delete its files and processes and preferences.

This happens when the app is still running within the background, has permissions to launch automatically whenever the system starts up and so on.

Here are the steps you need to follow to first isolate the application from running within the background. And then try uninstalling it again by performing the above process.

This method is “Force Quit” an application from the Activity Monitor of your Mac or PCs. Let’s do it:

How To Force Quit An Application From Mac?

Tip: Force Quit can also help when an app gets struck or unable to close normally.
  • To open the “Force Quit” window, press Option+Command + Esc (Escape) keys on the keyboard all together. Else In the top-left corner of your screen, open the Apple menu and choose the “Force Quit” option.
  • Now select the application you want to quit from the open window.
  • Click Force Quit.

Now, the application is no longer running in the background. So, perform the above steps again to uninstall an application from Macbook Pro.

How to Remove Files Left Behind The Deleted Apps?

After removing any application, it is very important to delete its program files, preferences and settings. Leaving those files in your library not only creates more junk that consumes system space, but also may raise various issues.

Some applications have their own uninstaller files, so that helps complete removal of their program files. For those, you don’t need to do anything. Just run the uninstaller.

Most importantly, if it is any adware/malicious program, for instance: Safe Finder, Chill Tab, SearchMine and so on. These kinds of programs won’t allow the permanent removal till you do not remove their associated files from the system.

Although, it’s a tricky process and takes a lot of time to manually remove them or better to reset the Mac to its default settings. To ease it out, you can just download ComboCleaner, which is a legitimate app.

ComboCleaner has various features like App uninstaller, Cleaning unnecessary files, clearing browsing data, and restoring all default settings. Apart from that, it is an award-winning anti-malware tool that scans your Mac for any kind of threats, vulnerabilities and risks.

You can perform all the above steps in just 3 steps:

Combo Cleaners LogoCombo Cleaner DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new page from where the Combo Cleaner will download)
  • Download the app;
  • Install it;
  • Launch the app and sit, relax and let ComboCleaner do it all for you.combo cleaner antivirus scan

How To Remove Application Preferences Files Manually On Mac?

To Remove App Preferences manually, follow the steps below:

  • On Top-menu of Apple, choose “GO” and select “Library” from drop-down list;
  • Open Preferences Folder from there;
  • There will be lots of files named as “”. You need to find all such files with your application name.
  • Drag and drop all such files to trash; (Repeat for all). Close the Window
  • On the dock, on the Trash icon, right-click on it and click on “Empty Trash“.

This will remove all .plist files related to the application.

If the application won’t allow you to remove preferences files, or you don’t find the app within the Application folder. It means it is a potentially unwanted application.

How to Uninstall Adware or PUA From Mac

Adware is a potentially unwanted program designed to push advertisements on the browser. They mostly come along with freeware downloads or fake Flash update links from unsafe sites. Thus, users may not know about their presence, until they start noticing excess ads. These ads can be very annoying at times and risky to click.

Although, Windows OS are the soft target for the Adware, but nowadays Mac PCs are also vulnerable. And so the removal of Adware from Mac is also very tough.

So, if you suspect any app to be Adware, then you should go for a reputable anti-malware program to scan and remove adware from Mac.

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