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Adobe Reader spews files everywhere plus it hijacks Safari.

I can't believe there is no uninstaller for this app?

Google shows no good info.

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You should be able to just delete the application and its associated files. This thread has a list of things and discussion of what to delete. Make sure to remove /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin if you've installed the Safari in-browser viewer from Adobe.

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Thanks. I did see that, but I wasn't sure what changed from version 8 to version 9. I imagine since it was a major revision, at least some of that list will be out of date. – Corey Floyd Aug 1 '09 at 17:43
I followed these instructions with a spotlight search open looking for anything "adobe", "acrobat", or "reader". Seems to be fine. – Corey Floyd Aug 18 '09 at 18:11

For most applications, OS X doesn't have installers, or uninstallers, per se. Usually, you simply drag the application Icon to the Trash Can. The app icon ( is a whole directory. However, this doesn't work for every program.

To remove all traces of a program, if it littered the OS with other files, you might need a program like or you can follow this guide for more information.

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+1 For AppCleaner. I use it often – BinaryMisfit Aug 1 '09 at 9:09
Reader spews files everywhere plus it hijacks Safari. It also didn't come with an uninstaller. – Corey Floyd Aug 1 '09 at 17:42
Also App Cleaner and App Zapper don't find all of the files. They just search the preferences folcer and application support folder. They miss everything else. – Corey Floyd Aug 1 '09 at 18:02

Adobe's site

To uninstall Acrobat 9 in Mac OS

  1. Double-click the Acrobat Uninstaller file, located in the Adobe Acrobat 9 folder.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Acrobat.
  3. In the Authenticate dialog, type the user name and password for an administrator account and click OK. Note: The uninstaller removes only Adobe Acrobat 9 and 9.1 files from the system. It does not remove Adobe Reader files, Acrobat user data, or files that are shared with other Adobe applications.
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There is no uninstaller with Reader, which is strange. but I scoured my system for it before I posted. – Corey Floyd Aug 1 '09 at 17:01
I also reinstalled reader to see if it would install the "uninstaller", but it did not, I just ended up with 2 copies of reader. – Corey Floyd Aug 1 '09 at 18:01
Corey - hmm, so much for RTM, I'll see if I can contact adobe. – benc Aug 2 '09 at 8:36
I created an account on their website, posted a comment (with a link to this site) and down-voted their article. Anyone else want to do the same? – benc Aug 5 '09 at 1:23
Thanks, didn't know you could even do that! I will vote it down also – Corey Floyd Aug 11 '09 at 9:02

Easy solution. Use App Cleaner. First- Drag Adobe Reader from your applications folder into App Cleaner. Next- press "others" tab in App Cleaner- this will display Adobe Reader plug in(s). Delete any plug ins shown- then go to "applications" tab and delete all files shown.

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