Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 11, 2015
Installing and removing apps

This past week, I came across an app called AppZapper that I think you may like and you can try it free. Although it isn’t created specifically by Apple, meaning it is a third-party software, it is highly recommended. Using an app uninstaller to remove all the files of an installation can help boost your Mac’s performance.

One of the nicest features about a Mac is installing and uninstalling programs and apps. Simply drag to the application folder to install and drag to the trash to uninstall. This is the typical practice for most users. However, when it comes to uninstalling programs and apps, this actually can be a little more complicated.

When an app is installed on your computer, it places files throughout your system in various areas. When it is time to uninstall an app, if you do not use an uninstaller, many files may be left on your system and may cause a performance drag.

There are other uninstaller apps to choose from and that may be as good as or even better than this one, but this is meant to show you basically, how they work and what to expect.

Open a web page and go to www.appzapper.com. When the website opens, I recommend you read their home page. It will give you an overview about their software called AppZapper. When you are ready to move forward, click Download near the top of the page.

After it has downloaded, go to your downloads folder and double-click appzapper.dmg. When the box opens, drag the AppZapper icon to the Applications folder to install.

Open up AppZapper after it has installed and two windows will open. You can close the AppZapper 2 registration box. If you decide you want to purchase AppZapper, you can do so from their website and then enter the license key in this registration box.

When you want to uninstall an app, simply drag the app icon into the AppZapper box. Another box will open, displaying the components of the app. Checkmark those boxes you want to remove (usually all of them) and then click the “Zap!” button at the bottom-right. You may need to enter your Apple ID password to continue.

The uninstall process is very fast. Once it is complete, you can close any remaining open windows.

 

For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 300 articles about the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@Live.com.

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