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AppCleaner for Mac helps you quickly get rid of unwanted software and all associated files quickly, so you can keep things running smoothly. Since just moving apps to the Trash can leave a lot of extra files behind, it's nice to have software like this to ensure you clear out everything at once.
Fast and efficient: The interface is just a small window that you can drag and drop unwanted apps into. When you do that, the software locates any associated files and lists them as well, so you can delete them all at once. There are also tabs across the top of the window for Widgets and Others, and you can look through these to see if there's anything extra you need to remove. Everything you choose to delete is moved to the Trash, so you can review it before deleting it entirely.
Preferences: Under the Preferences menu, you can add any apps you want to protect from deletion, and you can also turn the Smart Delete feature on and off. Smart Delete detects when an app has been trashed and offers to remove any files associated with that software. This is an especially handy feature for inexperienced users.
No Help: While there is a Help link listed in the drop-down menu, it doesn't actually exist. The app is quite straightforward, so most users will have no trouble finding their way around, but it would be nice to have some sort of reference.
AppCleaner for Mac works well to help you rid your computer of all unwanted apps and associated files. Its streamlined process makes it accessible to users of all experience levels, which minimizes the problems created by the lack of a Help reference.
From Free Mac Soft:
AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them. Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.
December 25, 2015
Version: AppCleaner 3.2.1
Doesn't find cleanmymac which is still showing in my notifications and won't remove Rescuetime app either! Literally completely worthless for me as that's all I needed!
Downloaded adwear and hijacked settings! Yahoo was made my homepage and all of a sudden an app JustCloud was under my apps I've never seen before. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS. and the biggest kicker of appclearn?... there is NO UNINSTALL OPTION** !!! un-f**king believable.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS. Wasted my time, created problems, and did not perform a single positive/useful action. CNET you should be ashamed of yourself for giving this a 4/5
December 20, 2014
Version: AppCleaner 2.2.3
Easy to use
None so far
Dowloading and installing the App changed my Safari settings. Safari shut down automatically (losing my saved pages). On relaunching, my front page had been switched from BBC News to the Yahoo search engine without my permission (Is it hidden in The Agreement?). Wonder what else was installed with it. Naughty!
Updated on Dec 25, 2014
It installed a lot of cr*p along with the AppCleaner. Took me half-a-day to find all the Adware, Spyware, pop-up-ware. It switched my log-in homepage to Yahoo Search and goodness knows what else.
I don't understand why CNet allows all of this 'c' to be secretly attached to the downloa. Very irresponsible.
Have used this for about 2 years on OS X 10.6.8 and have not had any unwanted side effects after deleting an app with AppCleaner. Interface is simple. Works like a trash can for apps.
The Yahoo Search Bar and changing your browser home page to BING can be a nuisance if you picked the default install option.
CNET often offers multiple download packages for most free apps I want to sample. Once downloaded, it's getting more difficult to find the custom install option to opt out of unwanted freebies. This is a business needs issue that doesn't detract from the merit of this app.
None! It didn't work at all, but worse, it installed loads of junk on my MacBook Pro. I haven't been this annoyed since I owned a PC.
It took me three hours to track down and destroy all the junk Spigot extensions (Searchme, Mybrowserbar.com, saEbay, saAmazon and savingsSlider) that installed themselves in all my browsers - FireFox, Chrome and Safari. Frankly, I still can't get rid of all the damage it did! It changed all my preferences in all three browsers - it changed my homepage and default search engine, among other things.
To make matters worse, there's a Spigot employee troll visiting all the forums tricking people into visiting their page for "instructions" that will ultimately make it worse! Don't be fooled.
So you clicked through the CNET installer too fast, huh? On the 2nd page of the installer (on anything you download from here) has options to install all the programs you just listed, all you have to do is a "custom install" and uncheck all the buttons that list all those garbage programs. Don't leave a negative review for an app that had absolutely nothing to do with your issue. From now on, maybe try reading before blindly clicking.
You always need to watch for adware when downloading from anywhere, even the manufacturer (the java install now comes with crapware too). *Always* use the "advanced install" option and uncheck all the crap, the same holds true for the CNET downloader.
My apologies - it wasn't AppCleaner that installed all this adware junk on my Mac, it's worse -- it was CNET! It's the "CNET Download.com Installer" that did it. I've always trusted CNET, not anymore. Never again.
Warning to Mac users: don't click that big green download button on CNET unless you want your browser and preferences hijacked!