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[Latest] How to Delete WinZip from Mac Completely? (3 Ways)
Summary: In this article, we'll show you how to uninstall WinZip from Mac using 3 different ways. If you're in a hurry, you can use a dedicated uninstaller like iBoysoft MagicMenu to completely uninstall WinZip on Mac. Click the button below to download it for free.
Are you looking to delete WinZip from your Mac? If you downloaded WinZip but no longer need it or found that it wasn't for you, you can uninstall it to free up space on your Mac and avoid its potential conflicts with other file compressors you may install in the future.
There are three ways to remove WinZip on Mac. You can use its own Uninstall button, a third-party uninstall tool, or manually delete its application and related files in Finder.
Table of Contents:
- 1. What is WinZip Mac?
- 2. How to delete WinZip from Mac using its Uninstall button?
- 3. How to uninstall WinZip from Mac completely via a third-party uninstaller?
- 4. How to uninstall WinZip from Mac manually?
- 5. FAQs about how to delete WinZip from Mac
What is WinZip Mac?
WinZip Mac is a file compressor that's used to zip and unzip files, password-protect compressed files, and share archive files. It was the first archiver to support the ZIP file format, which is now widely used for file compression. Although it was initially only for Windows, WinZip released its first Mac version in 2010.
While WinZip is popular and easy to use, it sometimes has performance issues and lacks some features of its competitors, such as the ability to preview files inside an archive before expanding.
How to delete WinZip from Mac using its Uninstall button?
The first option you should look for when trying to uninstall any apps on your computer is the app's built-in Uninstall button. This is usually the best way to get rid of an app and its related files because no one knows better than the developer of the app about the locations where the app stores files.
Although many Mac apps don't have an Uninstall button as you might see on a Windows PC or mobile phone, luckily WinZip Mac does have one. Here's how to delete WinZip from Mac by using the Uninstall button:
- Open Finder, then click Applications from the left sidebar.
- Double-click to open WinZip.
- Select WinZip > Uninstall from the top-left menu bar.
- Click Uninstall.
- Enter your admin password and click OK.
WinZip should be removed after a few seconds. Note that uninstalling the app won't delete the dmg file you used to install WinZip. You need to delete it yourself and empty the Trash if you haven't already. Apart from that, it's also a good idea to check whether WinZip has added itself to the PrivilegedHelperTools and LaunchDaemons folders.
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/: A folder that contains tools used by various system services and applications to perform tasks that need elevated privileges, such as installing software updates or managing system settings.
/Library/LaunchDaemons/: A folder that stores system-wide macOS startup programs that launch during the boot process but before you log in.
It's not recommended to remove files in these folders when you still need to run their related apps unless being guided. But if you no longer need an app like WinZip, you can go through them and delete the leftovers with WinZip on its name.
To access these folders, open Finder and select Go > Go to Folder, then type "/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/" or "/Library/LaunchDaemons/."
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How to uninstall WinZip from Mac completely via a third-party uninstaller?
If you can't uninstall WinZip on Mac through the Uninstall button, consider employing a third-party uninstaller to remove it. This may come in handy as you might also want to thoroughly uninstall other unnecessary applications on your Mac to make more available space.
In this case, iBoysoft MagicMenu is a great alternative if you also like the ability to uninstall apps with a simple right-click without the trouble to open other apps. It is a toolkit that enables you to expand the power of your Finder context menu. With it, you can right-click an app to uninstall it and delete its leftovers instantly, convert images, find similar files and photos, and utilize other features that improve your work efficiency.
It's compatible with the latest macOS 13 Ventura ~ macOS 10.13 High Sierra running on Intel-based and Apple Silicon Macs. Follow the steps below to uninstall WinZip completely:
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft MagicMenu for free.
Step 2: Locate WinZip in your Applications folder.
Step 3: Righ-click WinZip and select Uninstall.
Step 4: Click Uninstall again after WinZip's relevant files are displayed.
How to uninstall WinZip from Mac manually?
Alternatively, you can get rid of WinZip manually by deleting its program file (the app) and service files hidden and scattered in different folders. You can take the steps below to completely and safely uninstall WinZip from your Mac.
Before removing WinZip, you should know where its binaries, the .app file, plist file, preferences, caches, daemons, and other components are located on your Mac. Generally speaking, most of the apps on your Mac store files in the following file paths: (~ represents a user's home directory, which is equal to /Users/your_user_name/.)
~/Library/Saved Application State/
But there's a more efficient way to track down files associated with WinZip, which is by executing the mdfind command in Terminal, as guided below.
- Launch Terminal from the Applications/Utilities folder.
- Type the following command and hit Enter.mdfind -name "WinZip"
This broad search should return a list of files associated with WinZip. In my case, WinZip is stored in the following paths. It may be different on your Mac.
What you need to do next is just remove those files from your Mac. Note that you should carefully browse the files and remove only those that are appropriate to be removed.
Note: Although it's unlikely for WinZip to save files to the /System/Library folder, you should be reminded not to delete anything from this folder, as it contains system files that are necessary for your Mac to operate.
Now, it's time to get rid of WinZip completely.
- Open Finder, then click Go > Go to Folder from the top-left menu bar.
- Copy and paste the file path the mdfind command returns one at a time.
- Press Enter.
- Either right-click on the files and select "Move to Trash" or drag and drop them to the Trash can located at the bottom-right of your screen.
- After all files are deleted, empty the Trash.
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FAQs about how to delete WinZip from Mac
If you can't delete WinZip on Mac, it may be currently running in the background. You can quit it by right-clicking on its icon in the Dock and selecting "Quit."
Yes, it's safe to remove WinZip. It's a third-party archiving utility that is not essential for your Mac to function.
You can completely remove WinZip by using its Uninstall button, a third-party uninstaller or manually deleting its files.