After having a bit of a fight with installing a trial version, the support helped me pin down some weirdness in my fonts. There were duplicates that messed with the font enumeration on start-up. Once deleted (they were already inactive) the software started up correctly.
In order to troubleshoot, they had me run the “EtreCheck” utility. As I started to scroll down its findings, I got a bit worried. SO MUCH OLD CRUFT, left over from apps I was certain I had uninstalled - many of which I indeed HAD uninstalled, but the uninstaller did not remove it all.
So, the Fonts were easy enough, I just deleted the duplicate and old versions of the font files off the computer.
Then there’s other stuff:
- launchd scripts
- login items
- preference panes
- unsigned apps
- kernel extensions
- system launch agents and daemons
- internet plugins
From the file paths, it is usually clear what application it belongs to, so I recognise a lot that I’d like to permanently remove (like the Flash Player and Java).
Question: How do I go about getting rid of these things? Instinctively, I’d like to just “Show in Finder” and delete a lot of this, but realise this perhaps isn’t the recommended procedure. Any best practices you gang follow for housekeeping of old software items like this?