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Totally Uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from Mac

  • Catherine
  • Oct 16,2018
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“How do I remove Adobe Acrobat Reader DC? Dragging it to the Trash does not fix the issue on my Mac.” A few days ago we received a letter sent to Osx Uninstaller support team. After searching on the Internet, we also noticed that many Mac users have raised similar questions on the Adobe forum as well as other Q&A sites.


If you are lost in finding the effective way of uninstalling Acrobat Reader DC, this post may help you out. Hereby we will list explicit uninstall steps for your reference.

1. Make sure to quit active Acrobat Reader DC

If there is any PDF file opened by Acrobat Reader, you need to close the file and quit Acrobat Reader if it is still active, otherwise you will not be able to delete this app.

To do so, right click on Acrobat Reader DC icon in Dock and choose Quit, or head to Acrobat Reader menu on the top and choose Quit Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

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2. Uninstall Acrobat Reader DC by trashing it

Here are the standard process of uninstalling Acrobat Reader DC on Mac:

  • Open up Finder in Dock, and head to the /Applications folder
  • Locate Acrobat Reader DC, right click on its icon and choose Move to Trash
  • When prompted, type the admin password and hit OK to allow the deletion
  • Head to the Trash, right click on Acrobat Reader DC and choose Delete Permanently
  • Click Delete in the pop-up dialog to confirm the execution of app deletion

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3. Remove Acrobat Reader DC-associated files

Most users have no problem in performing the aforementioned steps, but some may encounter trouble in deleting Acrobat Reader DC leftovers hidden in the system. How to detect Adobe Acrobat Reader DC components after you have got rid of this app?

Here we would like to introduce you to a little trick: utilizing the Search feature in Finder to locate the items whose names contain the keyword of Acrobat Reader DC. But first of all, you need to access to the hidden ~Library folder. Here are two options:

(1)Open up a Finder window, then press and hold the Option key. Click Go menu on the top bar, and select Library from the drop-down menu.
(2)Choose Go > Go to Folder, type the ~Library in the box and hit Go button.

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Once you open up the ~Library folder, click the Search in the upper right corner of the Finder window (if the search bar does not show up by default), then type Adobe in the search bar. Then you will see two folders in the This Mac directory:

Macintosh HD > Users > Shared > Adobe
Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Application Manager

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You can delete these two folders if you don’t want to keep any items pertaining to Adobe apps. And then you need to click the Library below the search bar, to display the matched items in this specific folder. Here are the result in our testing machine:

Meanwhile, you can do the search in the following sub-folders:
~/Library/Caches/, ~/Library/Preferences/, ~/Library/StartupItems/, ~/Library/LaunchAgents/, ~/Library/PreferencePanes/, ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/, ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/

To go deeper, you can also search for Adobe components in the Library folder.

After you’ve done the manual detection and deletion of Acrobat Reader DC, reboot your Mac and see if the previous issue that upset you persist on your Mac.

Extra bonus: uninstall Acrobat Reader DC without hassle

Are you tired of searching numerous files in different folders? If so, we recommend you to use a handy tool labeled Osx Uninstaller to save unnecessary troubles.

To quickly remove any unwanted apps including Acrobat Reader DC, download Osx Uninstaller from the homepage of this site, and install it to your /Applications folder. Then launch this app, select Acrobat Reader DC and click Run Analysis.

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As the scanning is complete, you can click Complete Uninstall button and then click Yes in the pop-up dialog to confirm the final removal. A few seconds later you will be informed that Acrobat Reader DC has been successfully removed from your Mac!

So, that’s all for this tutorial. Are the tricks shared in this post helpful for you?

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