OnyX is a multifunctional tool for Mac OS X. It allows users to very the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple’s own applications, to remove caches, to delete a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, etc.
To remove OnyX application from Mac completely by using manual steps, you need to possess knowledge of all the components and file of the application you want to remove. And you should be well ware about system files and extensions. If you do not have complete idea of the kernel extensions, it can be risky that files may get deleted by mistake and make the whole system unusable. For that reason, I wrote this article to give you clear guidance. How to remove OnyX for Mac? Let’s see.
How Do I Manually Remove OnyX on Mac
Part One: Delete the application
You might be surprised to learn that most of Mac applications can be removed by unceremoniously dragging them to the Trash, when they are not running at the time. Occasionally however, several additional steps are required to make sure that preferences files and other unwanted items are cleaned out on your computer completely.
Some Mac applications, such as iTunes and iPhoto, are packaged into application bundles or packages, which are displayed as a single icon but may in fact contain multiple subfolders, preferences and resource files (e.g. Images and other content the application needs). To check the content of a package, right-click on its icon and select “Show Package Contents” from the pop-menu. Then perform the following steps:
1. To make sure the removal goes smoothly, quit the OnyX application if it is currently running.
2. As a precaution, see whether the application is active by using Activity Monitor.
3. At the top of Activity Monitor, change the filter to All Processes. The full list of running applications and processes are shown.
4. Search the Process Name column for OnyX. If it is there, highlight the name, then hit the Quit Process button.
5. Open the folder where OnyX resides – usually it is in your Application folder.
6. Select the application, right-click on it, then select Move to Trash from the pop-up menu (or simply Command + Delete). Origin will be right away moved to the Trash, and when you are 100% that everything is working OK and you don’t need it anymore, empty the Trash to permanently remove OnyX. Before that, you can drag it out back to where it was.
7. Now you can restart your Mac. This step might be necessary in some cases sot that the system can recognize that the has been properly removed.
Now you get to remove its remaining files, which might be left behind. It is advisable for a great performance of your Mac. Refer to the next part to do so.
Part Two: Remove OnyX vestiges.
This is what most users would forget to do. The remained additional files on your hard drive are taking your precious system resources, while they are not doing anything useful. So to completely remove OnyX, don’t leave behind its vestiges. However, if you are planning to reinstall the application, you can keep them.
1. Delete the Preferences. Applications store their preferences in a file with a .plist extension. Though these files are very small, you need to find the right ones to delete in case of any serious problems. Search for the name of Origin in two locations below:
- Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences
2. Delete the Support Files. This kind of files are usually larger than preferences files, especially for multimedia applications. Therefore, you are advised to find and delete those files. Also search for the name of Origin in two locations below:
- ~ / Library / Caches / OnyX
- Macintosh HD / Library / Caches / OnyX
How Do I Easily Remove OnyX on Mac
MacRemover makes the whole process a doddle. If you are not quite familiar with Mac OS X, you may appreciate an approach to remove OnyX and other apps you want to uninstall. It will just take you, like one minute, to finish the job within only three steps:
1. Download, install and launch MacRemover.
2. In the list of installed applications, select OnyX as your target and hit Run Analysis on the left.
3. It displays the files to be removed with their names, sizes and locations followed. Click on Complete Uninstall on the left to proceed with the removal. If you are prompted with the confirmation, click on Yes to completely remove OnyX.
Additional Optimization Tips
Having your Desktop cluttered with files does slow your Mac down, since every icon is taking up some RAM (Random Access Memory). So don’t store files on the Desktop, unless you need to use it frequently.
Less Startup Items:
All those startup items are consuming your Mac’s resources. You are highly suggested checking and cleaning them up periodically. Find them at: System Preferences – Users & Groups – Login Items.