For users who frequently download applications, finding a program to completely remove them is important. Amnesia for Mac performs this function well and has some easy-to-use additional features.
Download and installation of Amnesia for Mac completed quickly due to the native installer. The program does require that the user accept a licensing agreement before allowing program use. After startup, the program did not offer any instructions, but the interface made them unnecessary. Large buttons at the top of the program indicate the main program functions. Users can designate a specific, known program for deletion, and search for a list of all available applications, widgets, or plug-ins. The returned list was comprehensive and easy to read. Users can then highlight one or more applications to be removed. Once initiated, the programs are removed quickly and completely. Updated versions were available, indicating that the program is well supported. Amnesia performs its stated function well, but ultimately could benefit from additional, related features, like malware protection. The program is available as a free 15-day trial version with the fully-unlocked program requiring a $19.95 payment.
Amnesia for Mac works well and has an easy-to-use interface. Users who need to scan and remove Mac applications completely from their system will definitely benefit from this program.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Amnesia for Mac 1.4.3.
Many software titles on Mac OS come with the uninstall directions of simply "Drag the application to the Trash and empty it". In reality, this often leaves many related files on the computer taking up valuable hard drive space. Amnesia performs a smart scan to determine all related files to be removed. Easily uninstall not just applications, but also Screen Savers, Dashboard Widgets, and Preference Panes. Amnesia will remove logs, caches, application support files, preferences, crash reports, and other application specific files. Take the frustration and time out of searching for all of these files manually. In addition, turn on a secure deletion option to prevent recovery of the removed files. Scared to accidently remove something you may need later? Amnesia comes with a built-in backup function which creates an archive of related files incase you wish to restore them at a later time. It will reinstall the pieces of the product exactly where they came from -- even if you choose to restore to a different machine! Another powerful feature Amnesia has to offer is the ability to create a list of Untouchables (in addition to the ones built-in). Untouchables are software products which Amnesia will warn you about incase a remove is attempted. This is handy incase a particular software product should be removed using a manufacturer-provided uninstaller instead.
What's new in this version:
Bug Fix: Fix for Lion that would bring the app foremost if in the background when choosing a folder action in the Finder or if the opening folder had a Folder Action on it.