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Yank is an all-purpose uninstaller for Mac OS X. Yank can uninstall almost any software and all its support files, no matter how it was installed. The result is a leaner, faster, safer Mac.

A Yank file sharing service is also available, it lets you uninstall software that you installed before you installed Yank.

What's New

Version 2.1:
  • Completely localized for French.
  • Improved upgrade and native-uninstalling features.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Shmk Member IconComment+236

tried this out because of the current promo, didn't like it much and chucked it in the trash but a few minutes later a window popped up saying that yank had reinstalled itself. Looked in the Activity Monitor and there is a yank agent chugging away. Anybody know how to yank yank? Pretty lame

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Version 2.1
Formica Member IconComment+259

I have tried Yank, and it's OK. However, when compared with AppCleaner 1.2.2, the difference is STRIKING. AppCleaner does most of the things that all of the reviewers below ask for, it finds ALL of the files associated with the main app you are deleting - EVEN FILES THAT ALL OTHER SUCH APPS OFTEN MISS - it is totally unobtrusive and doesn't impact your CPU or memory AT ALL as far as I can tell, IT WORKS AUTOMATICALLY when you maybe forget to startup AppCleaner and just toss an app into the trash ITS SmartDelete CATCHES IT AND ALSO AUTOMATICALLY CATCHES ALL ITS ASSOCIATED FILES AND OFFERS TO TRASH THEM FOR YOU! And perhaps most amazing is that it is so superior to all other such apps but is FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE! If you don't believe me, just check out the comments and reviews on AppCleaner's MacUpdate.com (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/25276) and VersionTracker.com pages (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/32740&mode=feedback). That level of user satisfaction is far, far higher than all other such apps, illustrating that people love it for all its capabilities and performance - not just its price (which, again, is FREE!).

When you try AppCleaner, set the preferences to "Protect launched apps," "Protect default apps," and "Enable 3D transitions," don't forget to turn on SmartDelete, then one-by-one select the "Applications," "Widgets" and "Others" icons at the top of AppCleaner's main window, and with each one select the "Options" menu (in the Menubar) then "Select All" to instruct AppCleaner to protect all those apps, widgets and other resources from being accidentally deleted, then you can uncheck one-by-one all the ones that you don't want AppCleaner to protect. Trust me, you'll love this app with it set this way! Enjoy!

(Oh, and BTW, I am in no way affiliated with the makers of AppCleaner - I don't even know them. I just LOVE IT when truly great software is made available for FREE, and I feel such magnanimous developers should be promoted whenever possible, even when it's a bit annoying (as this comment is because it's in another app's MacUpdate space).

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Version 2.0
fishscale Member IconComment+868

Cleanapp has fixed so many bugs while this developer has been napping. Now Cleanapp has not missed one file while uninstalling and now doesn't let you delete important system programs which pretty much every item has to touch. Now just click next to the system file or "guarded" file and it tells you which apps other than the one your uninstalling the file affects. Before, you would have to un-check the important sys files but now it is 100% more accurate and offers way more features. You can archive and delete so you never are totally deleting a file if your unsure....

All in all, cleanapp has been upgraded how many times while yank hasn't been updated in 3+ years.... Trust me, look at cleanapp before you check this program. Yank had promise in '07. Now it is just a money waster imo like appcleaner, appzapper, etc.. etc... just do a simple comparison on which app catches the most... you will then see which is the best... and safest for your needs but I recommend, Cleanapp after just giving this another try.

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Version 2.0
donperreault Member IconComment+600

I purchased this application when it was first released. Yank was supposed to observe what files that were being installed on your computer when you ran an application installer/package so at a later date if you decided to remove the application Yank would delete all associated files for that said application. However, you needed to launch Yank and select the Application installer so Yank could observe where and what files the application installer were installing. Sounds great in theory but unfortunately Yank failed to work most of the time and often would freeze. Because of numerous problems I had with Yank I stopped using it. Haven't heard anything about it since today, when I saw that the developer released version 2.0. I don't know if Yank 2.0 works but I am disappointed that they are charging for this upgrade considering how poorly version 1.0 worked. I wasted my money the first purchase I am not going to do it again!

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Version 2.0
Taskman Member IconReview+20

It doesn't work. Gone unresponsive with an "There was a problem updating this Yank file to work with the current version of Yank." error. I had to force quit the application.

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Version 1.2.1
wnp Member IconComment+26

Looks good, unfortunately I was never able to try it since I got the message "demo version only uninstall the last yank file" (or something like that) lathough it was the 1st time I tried it!

I wrote to the editor and never got any answer. Bad point :-((( I stick to AppZapper, cheaper with a quick and responsive support.

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Version 1.2
Informatix Member IconComment+2

"expert reviewers" (as ANAME called them) in this case from German c't magazin have done test-deinstallations with Yank and found that they were often not 100% complete
- due to permission problems,
- sometimes yank did not record all changes on your disk during the installation,
- and because of how it works yank cannot record changes that occur after installation, e. g. at first run, or installs background processes at a later time (which applies to Desinstaller, too).
- sadly yank seemingly does not consider /Library/Receipts for further information (like Desinstaller does).

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Version 1.2
Aname Member IconComment+17


While App Zapper is nice also (and have a nice icon and a very cool sound effect!), I don't think that it beats the potential of Yank. Since Yank observes the very installation process of applications, it registers which files have been installed and where. While App Zapper seems to just pick files that it can relate to the application in question, I'm doubting that it had the same precision.

Although, it still remains for some expert reviewer to make a comparison of Yank in relation to the others.

I'm planning to buy Yank, can any pioneers please tell us their impression of it?

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Version 1.0
ronaldjohn Member IconComment+15

AppZapper does the same thing and it's something like twelve bucks and has a way cool icon to boot. If interested, here's the link: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20306

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Version 1.0b12

AppZapper only checks /Applications and your ~ (home) directory, and doesn't do anything about apps that install files into odd locations, such as Macromedia and Microsoft Office.

From Yanks' website, it appears that Yank monitors apps as you install and run them, and when you remove them it uses this information to remove the files that the app created during installation and runtime.

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Date 16 Aug 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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