My Mac still runs processes from a program I deleted. How do I delete an application entirely and prevent this from happening? My Mac still runs processes from a program I deleted
There are several different ways that applications can be automatically started on Mac OS X. Some applications install some of their components, which may themselves be executable, in locations other than the main application folder. Tracking these down can be somewhat difficult if you don't know they exist, but once you do it's reasonably straightforward.
If the application doesn't have a built-in uninstall option, then you're left with tracking down the files and startup detritus. You can use the handy GUI application:
If you prefer a UNIX command line, you can use the unix command
Other handy tips:
When you find the application configuration file, read it. This may have hints which will help you track down the non-typical locations of application components.
See if the application has a log file, and look in that log file or in the system log for hints about the location of startup configuration or files. Use the Console.app, or poke around in the directories and files with the unix command line. Most application logs will be in one of these places, on Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
Knowing a little about the various startup methods can help you, too. Keywords to help in Google searches:
Some but probably not all locations where startup scripts or configuration files may be found:
I usually use AppCleaner to uninstall Mac applications. It's pretty good about grabbing all of the files that are required by an app. You may have to reboot after an uninstallation to see the effects.
If that doesn't work, you can always use Activity Monitor (or the command line) to kill the offending process, then use a little