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I had to install different drivers in OS X Lion to check if a unknown mouse would work, and now I would like to uninstall them. What is the best approach? Obviously I could try to find the folder with the driver's name and delete it, but sometimes these drivers are spread across the filesystem.

PS: Concrete drivers: steermouse, trust mouse and keyboard, logitech control center

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Thanks, I have updated the question with that info – flow Mar 24 '12 at 17:15
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Many support applications come as Preference Panes, accessible through the System Preferences. You can:

  • find them in ~/Library/PreferencePanes or /Library/PreferencePanes and delete them from there, or
  • right-click and remove them in the System Preferences dialog itself

Also look under /System/Library/Extensions for Kernel Extensions that were added. Note though that manually deleting stuff here can cause serious problems.

However, that doesn't work for all of these, and each application you mention does it differently. You're right that manually removing files is not a good way to uninstall these programs. Therefore, the developers offer uninstallers:

  • SteerMouse has an uninstaller you can access by opening the SteerMouse app. Open /Applications/Utilities/SteerMouse and select Help » Uninstall….

  • Logitech Control Center can be uninstalled through the installer or a separate uninstaller application called "LCC Uninstaller". It should also be in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

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For Trust mice, I have no idea. Look for the documentation or if the installer has an uninstall option. – slhck Mar 24 '12 at 17:31
The actual drivers are usually installed in /System/Library/Extensions/. Just removing a preference pane might cause problems later on — for example none of the gestures on my Magic Mouse worked because I hadn't removed USB Overdrive's kernel extension. – user495470 Mar 25 '12 at 10:42
@Lri That's why the developers should add an uninstaller, but you're right of course. I just wouldn't recommend people to go berserk in that folder and delete what they don't like. Added that to the answer nevertheless. – slhck Mar 25 '12 at 10:55

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