How to Correctly Uninstall and Remove PuTTY on Mac

  • Bernice Curry
  • 19-06-10 9:09
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About the app: PuTTY is an open source SSH client that allows users to connect to a remote server and transfer files over the network. It is originally designed for Windows system, but later ported to other systems, including macOS. To get the paid PuTTY on your Mac, you will need to have Command-line Tools, X-CODE or MacPorts, and the installation could be a little complicated for inexperienced users.

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Planning to use other SSH clients than PuTTY for Mac? How to uninstall PuTTY as it is not in Finder’s Applications folder? If you have problems in removing PuTTY, browser this page and follow the instructions on how to properly uninstall PuTTY.

>> How to uninstall PuTTY from your Mac in a right way?

Generally, you can uninstall an app by deleting it in the Applications folder and Trash. That works in all version of Mac system, and here are the detailed steps to follow:

  • Click Finder icon in Dock, and click Applications from the sidebar or the Go menu
  • Locate PuTTY in the folder, right click the icon and choose Move to Trash (alternatively, drag the app icon toward the Trash in Dock and drop it into the Trash)
  • Choose Empty Trash from Finder menu (or right click on Trash in Dock and choose Empty Trash), and then click Empty Trash button in the pop-up confirmation window

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What if the application is not shown up in the Applications folder (like PuTTY)? How to get rid of PuTTY in this case? Depending on the version of PuTTY installed on your Mac, you may try to directly launch the PuTTY uninstall script to get rid of it.

  • Download the PuTTY.dmg file from the official site, and open it up on your Mac
  • Double click the file labeled in the PuTTY installation file
  • If prompted, enter your password and click OK button to execute the removal
  • After the uninstallation is over, save your works and reboot your Mac

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Encounter problems when performing the uninstall steps above? Here are two tips:

1. Quit the app before the uninstall

Prior to the normal uninstall, you’d better check if the target app is in use or not. If the app is active, you would not be able to trash it from the Applications folder.

There are multiple ways of (force) quitting an open app in macOS / Mac OS X:

(1) Right click on the app icon in the Dock and choose Quit;
(2) Find the app icon in the top menu bar, click on it and choose Quit [app name];
(3) Launch Activity Monitor in Dock, type the app name in the search box, select the process, click X button on the upper left corner, and click Quit in the pop-up dialog;
(4) Press Command – Option – ESC(Escape) to bring up the Force Quit Applications window, select the app you want to stop running, and click Force Quit button

Besides, in the latest version of macOS, the app will stay in Dock if you recently open it up. You can right click on PuTTY in Dock and choose Options > Remove from Dock. After doing those preparation works, you can start the uninstall as normal.

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2. Delete traces after the uninstall

Not sure if there is any PuTTY trace left on the system? You can utilize Finder’ Search feature to scan out the existing files and folders associated with PuTTY:

  • In an active Finder window, choose Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar
  • Type ~/Library in the box, and click Go button to access to the hidden folder
  • Click Search in the upper right corner of the window, type PuTTY in the search bar
  • Click Library under the search box, and check if there is any matched item

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Warning: Mistakenly deleting other unrelated items might affect the normal use of other apps or even the system. You must be very cautious in performing this step.

>> How can you easily remove PuTTY (or other Mac apps)?

Thinking about uninstalling PuTTY for Mac by a better way? If you are dealing with a bunch of unwanted apps, using a professional uninstaller could be a better choice. Osx Uninstaller can be regarded as a reliable and efficient tool for the removal task.

To start with, click the button below to download Osx Uninstaller, install it on your Mac, then launch it and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the registration.

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After that, you will be able to uninstall PuTTY and other apps by three simple steps:

  • Step 1. Select PuTTY in the interface, and click Run Analysis

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Step 2. Click Complete Uninstall button, and click Yes in the confirmation dialog

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Step 3. Click Back to Interface to re-scan your Mac, and then quit Osx Uninstaller

That’s the simple procedure of uninstalling Mac apps with the help of Osx Uninstaller. Even Mac beginners can quickly get used to its workflow and apply it at ease to get rid of those problematic, stubborn or even malicious apps on macOS/Mac OS X.

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