Amnesia
Amnesia
1.4.5

3.7

Amnesia free download for Mac

Amnesia1.4.5

29 April 2014

Universal uninstaller; delete apps and all associated files.

Overview

Amnesia lets you easily and thoroughly uninstall apps and more. Many software titles on Mac OS come with the uninstall directions of simply "Drag the application to the Trash and empty it". In reality, this often leaves many related files on the computer taking up valuable hard drive space. Amnesia performs a smart scan to determine all related files to be removed.

Easily uninstall not just applications, but also Screen Savers, Dashboard Widgets, and Preference Panes. Amnesia will remove logs, caches, application support files, preferences, crash reports, and other application specific files. Take the frustration and time out of searching for all of these files manually. In addition, turn on a secure deletion option to prevent recovery of the removed files.

Scared to accidentally remove something you may need later? Amnesia comes with a built-in backup function which creates an archive of related files in case you wish to restore them at a later time. It will reinstall the pieces of the product exactly where they came from - even if you choose to restore to a different machine!

Another powerful feature Amnesia has to offer is the ability to create a list of Untouchables (in addition to the ones built-in). Untouchables are software products which Amnesia will warn you about incase a remove is attempted. This is handy incase a particular software product should be removed using a manufacturer-provided uninstaller instead.

What's new in Amnesia

Version 1.4.5:
  • Fixed issues launching on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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21 Reviews of Amnesia

alas!
03 April 2009
Version: 1.0.1

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Amnesia does as poor a job of locating and deleting files as any of the others . After I used Amnesia, I ran EasyFind and discovered that often loads of files belonging to the software that I wanted deleted remained on my hard drive. Don't believe me? Then scan for leftover files using EasyFind after using any of the software deleters. Appzapper, CleanApp, AppClean, AppDelete, Amnesia,.....non of them are totally reliable, in my experience. If I want all files of an app located and deleted, I use EasyFind to do it. It may take a bit longer, but it works reliably.
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RJC.NJNYC
12 December 2014
Version: 1.4.5
Amnesia has been replaced with AppBolish, so check it out. Also, anybody with a Utility Package should get it free as part of it. Sign into your account to get all your latest licenses.
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Bob-T
29 April 2014
Version: 1.4.5
What is going on with Koingo and Amnesia. The web site for Mnesia clearly indicates it has been discontinued, while at the same page indicating the downloads for the update. I used Amnesia for years, and found it useful. I also use AppDelete and Zapper, both of which have become my go-to programs for deleting apps since Koingo's abandoning of Amnesia. Also, I am curious as to why MacUpDate does not recommend Koingp's products. Could this have anything to do with it?
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Bob-T
29 April 2014
Version: 1.4.5
What is going on with Koingo and Amnesia. The web site for Mnesia clearly indicates it has been discontinued, while at the same page indicating the downloads for the update. I used Amnesia for years, and found it useful. I also use AppDelete and Zapper, both of which have become my go-to programs for deleting apps since Koingo's abandoning of Amnesia. Also, I am curious as to why MacUpDate does not recommend Koingp's products. Could this have anything to do with it?
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Oak
27 January 2014
Version: 1.4.3
Just got an email from Koingo. They are dropping support for anything below 10.7, and this is one of the Apps scheduled to be sold in their 'reorganization'.
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hwgray
06 September 2013
Version: 1.4.3
This is an EXCELLENT uninstaller!
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Arcarnat
15 August 2013
Version: 1.4.3
See the fiasco with Koingo’s Data Guardian to understand why no one in their right mind would recommend this company's software.
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Jazzyguy
24 October 2012
Version: 1.3.8
I don't know why soeone doesn't like my review. This is an EXCELLENT uninstaller!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
20 October 2012
Version: 1.3.7
This time they got the App Store version and their own download version out the door at the same time. Kudos.
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Jazzyguy
19 October 2012
Version: 1.3.7
Excellent Uninstaller.
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Cmarkn
05 October 2012
Version: 1.3.6
This page shows version 1.3.6, but when I download it the app describes itself as version 1.3.5 with a Modified date of 16 Feb 2012, not the 05 Oct 2012 I expect.
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Old-Peter
05 October 2012
Version: 1.3.6
From all uninstallers this is by far the worse uninstaller. It has a dreadful slow GUI and operation. Does not find 50% of the related files other uninstallers find. The iTunes file-flow is not functional for this kind of app. Clearly put into the app for eye candy. Avoid.
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Imho
21 May 2012
Version: 1.3.5
I bought Amnesia a long time ago, because I am using other Koingo software that I like. But I don't like Amnesia because it is terribly slow. All other deleters that I used are working much quicker.
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Robotank
15 January 2010
Version: 1.1.6
I've never experienced any of the issues that some posters have mentioned on here. In my experience, Amnesia works as well as or better than any other uninstaller I've tried (except for CleanApp with its logging service enabled, but I had problems with that). It has a full feature set, including the ability to list applications, preference panes, plug-ins, widgets, and screen savers, as well as the ability to delete items directly (without trashing them first) or securely. I might suggest to Koingo that they lower the price a little to be competitive with the new AppZapper release--it has a similar feature set for a lower price. Otherwise, I would recommend Amnesia without hesitation.
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Xenophile
10 October 2009
Version: 1.1.1
I used Amnesia for the full trial period, and for the last week compared it directly to CleanApp. I've also tried a few other uninstallers over the past year or so. While I like Amnesia's interface and design, functionally it falls short of these other uninstallers, particularly CleanApp. Note that my comparisons are made using CleanApp without the logging agent installed. I prefer to keep as few background processes running as possible, and IMO a logging agent is too much overhead for an uninstaller app. On my Powermac G4 FW800 system, Amnesia is significantly slower than CleanApp, churning the HD for several seconds after dropping an app on its window before listing associated files, compared to CleanApp's nearly instantaneous listing. Surprisingly, the files that each uninstaller identifies are not always the same; out of perhaps 20 "uninstallation," CleanApp found extra files in two instances. The other side of this coin is that CleanApp tends to list false positives, files unrelated to an application, while Amnesia never does. I prefer getting false positive hits, but for users less familiar with Mac OS X, Amnesia is the clear choice. Blindly accepting all of CleanApp's hits for deletion would soon cripple other applications. My main issue with Amnesia are its quirks. If an app's purpose is to delete files, then it should never flake-out, yet Amnesia did this several times over it's trial period. Twice I dropped apps on Amnesia only to have Amnesia endlessly thrash my HD until I force-quit it. After a system reboot, dropping the same apps on Amnesia worked fine. And once after clicking "uninstall," Amnesia began churning and thrashing for several minutes. I checked the trash to see if Amnesia had deleted anything, and discovered that it had moved 2/3rds of my "Applications" folder to the trash. I suppose this could have been user error, but shouldn't an app designed to uninstall individual applications and their associated files give a warning of some sort before trashing the entire "Applications" folder? Ultimately, I see little need for uninstallers like Amnesia. 90% of the time, the files left after dragging an app to the trash are harmless. For the other 10%, the files are always in a handful of locations where they are easily found. I also use the freeware app "Find Any File" which will search the entire HD. Just run a search with the app's name, and the developer or software company name. If I'm really serious about removing an application entirely, I use "Uninstaller". For example, I tried out a humongous set of HP scanner drivers, and wanted to be able to remove them if they didn't work. Uninstaller scans the entire HD and saves its state, after which you install the software, then Uninstaller scans the entire HD again and reports exactly what files were installed. This is a brute strength approach but it is 100% effective, and the only approach worth paying for IMO.
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Ctkmnd
05 June 2009
Version: 1.0.7
Really wish this would work like it says but seems it's just another Koingo software with weird problems... This one totally ignores anything I put in the Untouchables-panel. I don't want it scanning and showing apps that belong to the system itself which in worst case would require a reinstall of OS X i.e. those in /System/Library/CoreServices. Tried any combinations I could think of, "/System/*", "/System*" or even the exact path "/System/Library/CoreServices" - with or without trailing slash and/or wildcard. Nothing works, it totally disregards any input. So much for "Untouchables". Do you only test your software on american localization or what? How about at least give me an error dialog box... STILL it shows the applications located in CoreServices and I am also able to select them for removal... This seems rather dangerous don't you think? My main reason for using a program like this would be to ease up on the manual bit. If I have to re-read every line manually I might as well use the built-in spotlight from the start. Thank you for reading.
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Bob-T
03 June 2009
Version: 1.0.6
I purchased Amnesia 2 months ago through MUD Promo, so, it was reasonable in price. The documentation is almost non-existent. However, I can not get it to do it's thing on my iMac with Leopard 10.5. I get a (-50) error saying there is a problem with authentication. The program fails to do an uninstall! I redid all my "permissions". Made sure I was running as an Admin". This makes me go back to good old AppZapper. I have un/reinstalled Amnesia w/o any change. My communications with Koingo support ledto a bunch of nonsense on the part of their techs. After 3 unanswered replies, I finally got this from them (by re-opening the case and requesting a reply): "Hi, The -50 error is on our list of rogue bugs. We're sorry for the inconvenience at this time - we're continuing to look for a solution to this problem. If you find a workaround in the meantime, please contact us." They closed the case after this reply!!! I certainly can not recommend Amnesia at this point.
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Walruscp
08 April 2009
Version: 1.0.3
Amnesia is another foray into the application uninstaller realm, and I have to say it's off to a solid start. While AppCleaner (freeware) is probably a little better right now, Koingo is obviously working hard to make Amnesia one of (if not) the best uninstaller out there. It seems to find all the pertinent files for the apps I have tried it out on, though I am sure like other uninstallers it misses some files for various apps that install files in odd places. Koingo has improved the scanning function considerably in just the first week, and I can only assume they will continue to do so. Amnesia does find a bunch of apps that I cannot imagine anyone would seriously uninstall via this app (printer utilities, System Alerts and other assorted buried system apps) - it would be nice if Koingo could at least grant users the option to filter those apps out. Drag and dropping an app onto Amnesia for removal like you can with AppCleaner would also be a nice feature to add as would be adding auto scanning when deleting an app by dragging it to the trash (like Hazel). All in all, it's at least as good as everything else out there. If Koingo can keep tweaking it as they have been, it could be the best.
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alas!
03 April 2009
Version: 1.0.1
Amnesia does as poor a job of locating and deleting files as any of the others . After I used Amnesia, I ran EasyFind and discovered that often loads of files belonging to the software that I wanted deleted remained on my hard drive. Don't believe me? Then scan for leftover files using EasyFind after using any of the software deleters. Appzapper, CleanApp, AppClean, AppDelete, Amnesia,.....non of them are totally reliable, in my experience. If I want all files of an app located and deleted, I use EasyFind to do it. It may take a bit longer, but it works reliably.
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Fishscale
03 April 2009
Version: 1.0.1
Love the company but a lot of the apps developed recently look and are a lot "lighter" in features and ease. Cleanapp is by far the best in this department. There are numerous apps that can do all of this. New ideas = new apps, not just new app = more money so develop a project to bare essential performance and then make a new one. I rather 1 great app than 5 okay apps.
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Surfspirit
02 April 2009
Version: 1.0
Actually lots of good apps do the same and even better, and even for free, the best in my opinion is AppCleaner, free and fast, and you don´t even have to open it, because it can work quite well with the garbage, when your send an app to the trash it will appear an window asking if you want to delete similiar named files in preferences and so on. It's better to get your developer efforts in other kind of stuff or offer some unseen feature!
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Robotank
02 April 2009
Version: 1.0
Looks good so far. I gave this a shot, and it seems to be more thorough than most other uninstaller apps I've tried (except for CleanApp, which logs installed files so it catches everything, but has been more trouble to me than it's worth). I also like the ability to directly delete files rather than moving them to the trash. The backup and restore options look nice too, though I haven't tested them yet.
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