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Uninstalling Stuffit Mac Manually

Uninstalling Stuffit on your MAC

A clean uninstall and reinstall of StuffIt Standard or StuffIt Deluxe for Mac OS X. This procedure is excellent for troubleshooting problems with StuffIt products for Mac OS X. Installation issues are difficult to troubleshoot, but are sometimes caused by damaged or locked files, and can often be resolved by completely removing the software and reinstalling it.

 

Uninstalling Stuffit Manually

It is a good idea to run Apple's Disk Utility and "Repair Permissions". Before proceeding with this clean un/reinstall, that is a MUST for instructions on how to clean up the computer first.
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Now that your disk and its permissions are healthy, below is a generalized description of how to manually remove all StuffIt products from your OS X machine. If you are using StuffIt Standard or have not run every component in the StuffIt Deluxe package, you may not find some of the items listed. Just remove the items that you do find.

Note: for all paths given, we assume "Macintosh HD" is the name of your startup (boot) drive and "[username]" is your Mac OS X login name. Please substitute whatever names you are using in your given situation.
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1) To manually remove StuffIt first quit out of any open StuffIt applications.

2) Go into your APPLICATIONS folder and TRASH ALL Stuffit folder you find in here.

3) Then delete any of the following files or folders you find in the main Library folder on your boot drive:

Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > StuffItCM DropBoxes
Macintosh HD > Library > Stuffit Menu Preferences
Macintosh HD > Library > StuffitCM Dropboxes
Macintosh HD > Library > CFMSupport > StuffItEngineShell.cfm
Macintosh HD > Library > Contextual Menu Items > StuffItCM.plugin
Macintosh HD > Library > Frameworks > Stuffit.framework
Macintosh HD > Library > InputManagers > MagicMenuEnabler
Macintosh HD > Library > PreferencesPanes > StuffIt AVR.prefPane
Macintosh HD > Library > Preferences > com.stuffit.xxxxxxxxxx (delete ALL that start with "com.stuffit")

4) Next, delete any of the following files or folders you find in your User folder:

Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Application Support > StuffItCM DropBoxes
Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Caches > Archive Assitant Helper
Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Logs > Archive Assitant.log

5) Next, delete any of the following files or folders you find in the Preferences folder in your User folder:

Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Preferences > ALADDIN > delete ALL Stuffit folders in here
Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Preferences > ALLUME > delete ALL Stuffit folders in here
Macintosh HD > Users > [username] > Library > Preferences > com.stuffit.xxxxxxxx (delete ALL "com.stuffit" that you find in this folder)

*** If there are multiple user accounts on this machine, login to each account and repeat steps 4 and 5 for each account.

*** If you have StuffIt Deluxe do the following additional steps:
1) Remove StuffIt's background apps from the startup list:
In Mac OS 10.2 and earlier, go to System Preferences->Login Items, in Mac OS 10.3 and higher, go to Accounts->Startup Items. Delete (click the "-" below the list) the following from the list:

  • MagicMenu
  • StuffItAVRDaemon
  • Archive Assistant Scheduler

2) Remove the StuffIt Command Line tools:
Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > open TERMINAL

At the user prompt type sudo rm /usr/local/bin/*stuff
Enter your Administrator password when prompted.

After you have removed the above items, reboot the machine, and EMPTY THE TRASH

 

Need to reinstall Stuffit?

for instructions on how to install Stuffit after you have completed removing it!

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