Re: Uninstalling vs. Removing

Subject: Re: Uninstalling vs. Removing
From: Phil Snow Leopard <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:38:34 +0700

Ahh, no. I was explicitly making a distinction between iTunes and 3rd party software.

On Snow Leopard, I believe uninstalling iTunes will take all the junk with it; 3rd party s/w tends not to (sloppy coding by the developers).

On Lion, I'm not even sure you can uninstall iTunes - it's built-in to the OS (admittedly, I haven't tested that, but I'd be surprised if it was not the case given the way Lion works).

P


On 21 Mar 2012, at 21:18, Dan Goldstein wrote:

> I think I'm familiar with their equivalent on the PC. When certain
> software gets installed or updated, it adds hidden startup processes.
> These can be disabled through the Startup tab of the System
> Configuration utility (C:\Windows\System32\msconfig.exe).
>
> iTunes and QuickTime are well-known culprits; Acrobat is another serial
> offender.
>
> (It's kind of funny to refer to iTunes as "3rd-party software" on the
> Mac, but I understand the logic.)
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Phil Snow Leopard
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> .helper files are generally mini-programs/procedures that run in the
> background even when the main app is not running. AV software (pointless
> on the Mac) typically uses them, as do some other apps that have
> scheduling tasks running independently of, say, iCal or similar
> software. iTunes has its own .helper program running from login, too
> regardless of whether you fire up iTunes itself or not.
>
> They are useful so long as you want them to do what they do (like human
> helpers...). The problem with uninstalling on the Mac is that simply
> sending the main app to the Trash (mac's only built-in method of
> uninstalling/removing software) tends to leave them in place (with 3rd
> party software that is).
>
> Like our (unwanted) human "friends", the only way to get rid of them is
> to take direct and forceful action yourself... ;)
>
>
>
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RE: Uninstalling vs. Removing: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Uninstalling vs. Removing: From: Phil Snow Leopard
RE: Uninstalling vs. Removing: From: Dan Goldstein

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