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AppTrap for Mac

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Sometimes the best interface is no interface at all. Compared to other Mac uninstall programs, AppTrap is simplicity itself--and it really does seem to provide the uninstall functionality that Apple "forgot" in OS X.

AppTrap is not actually an app but rather a System Preference pane, which you install and then it runs in the background (and you can set AppTrap to automatically start at login). Whenever you drag an application to the Trash, AppTrap will prompt you to delete all the application's related files, including any files installed in that application's cache, library, or application support folders.

As with all uninstallers, your mileage may vary and AppTrap may occasionally miss some files--but for a well-designed piece of freeware with a seamless "interface," AppTrap does an excellent job.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Apps Are Invisible"

    August 17, 2011  |   By TeenageCrimeQueen

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.7

    Pros

    The best apps are invisible and unobstructive until you need to use it. Just drag to your trash can as you'd normally do and it simply prompts you if you want to delete all related files too. Delight to use.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Invisible Until Required = Good

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems to work as promised."

    January 25, 2011  |   By profdifficile

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.6

    Pros

    It shows a list of proposed removals.

    Cons

    No particular cons, at this point.

    Summary

    I like it, so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A great little piece of software."

    January 16, 2011  |   By johnv.sf

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.6

    Pros

    It do what its does really well, not a bloatware, has very small footprint, and it FREE! Can't asked for anymore.

    Cons

    There is none.

    Summary

    This app help me hunt down those little system cluttering files that is often left behind after a regular uninstall or app delete. It will keep your system clean of unassociated files no longer in use by any apps.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Installs easily and works well."

    January 7, 2011  |   By veldugo

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.6

    Pros

    Removes excess files that are sometimes left behind when programs are uninstalled.

    Cons

    I have found none yet.

    Summary

    I would recommend this program to anyone who felt that they needed it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what it says without being extensive"

    December 27, 2010  |   By cassiopeianld

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.6

    Pros

    cleans over 80% of all apps-files

    Cons

    it doesn't clean every single file linked to any and every app. But it is free and is doing a decent job.

    Summary

    decent freeware product doing what its stated purpose is without being intrusive. Generally leaving only a few files of any deleted app.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Installed easily."

    December 23, 2010  |   By veldugo

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.5

    Pros

    Works well when it is needed.

    Cons

    I have found none yet.

    Summary

    Would recommend it to anyone looking for something similar.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I have no idea how this app is supposed to work."

    December 12, 2010  |   By kai29

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.5

    Pros

    see above comment

    Cons

    see above comment

    Summary

    This app is not visible; it is in the preference pane only. Is it an apple script of some sort or what?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is Brilliant...just works for me"

    October 3, 2010  |   By ivanhorn

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.5

    Pros

    Works as it says

    Cons

    So far- none..I have jused it twice now

    Summary

    Works in the background and politely asks if it should clean up for you..nice

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  • 5.0 stars

    "zero problems here"

    September 30, 2010  |   By plaintiger

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.5

    Pros

    great utility; couldn't be any easier to use

    Cons

    none whatsoever

    Summary

    i don't know why some people are having problems getting this pref pane to work; it's been working on my Mac Pro for probably a year or so with no difficulties, and i've just installed it on my new MacBook Pro and encountered no problems there either (both of these machines are running Snow Leopard). people who are getting errors and failures to load: have you gone to the developer's site to see if this is a known problem, or contacted the developer to ask what might be causing it? that's probably where i'd start. it's worth pursuing; this pref pane is a must-have, imho.

    good luck!

    Updated on Sep 30, 2010

    i'm not sure how chucktr and thebubbasplace are installing this thing, but i installed it the way i install all prefs panes that don't come bundled in an installer package: i double-clicked it. and the fact that thebubbasplace is "hunting" for AppTrap in order to install it makes me think she or he may not be the most experienced user out there; removing a pref pane is very simple process that involves no hunting. you simply drag the pref pane out of your System Preferences window and it's uninstalled. and even if you want/need to take a more manual approach for some reason, all you need to do is search "apptrap" in Spotlight to find any of AppTrap's files and delete them; again, no hunting involved.

    i can't be sure of course, but i'm thinking these "unable to load" problems might just be the product of some user error along the way.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Same problem as chucktr. Error after loading."

    September 13, 2010  |   By thebubbasplace

    Version: AppTrap 1.1.5

    Pros

    Obviously none.

    Cons

    Neither install (there are 2 choices) worked for me though it showed in the system preferences window. Then you've got to hunt for it to trash it and it can be in one of two pref pane folders, depending on how you installed it. Total waste of time.

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