Developed by BinaryAge, TotalFinder can be seen as an enhanced version of the built-in Finder. As an add-on which gets loaded into the Finder, it brings many features that the Finder lacks, like dual panel, colored labels and tabs.
The latest version of TotalFinder can work in macOS 10.11 and later, but during the installation it will require you to do a deep system tweak (modifying the System Integrity Protection setting) for normal use. Yet after disabling the SIP for use of TotalFinder, your system may be less secure. If you don’t want to or unable to do the tweak , you can consider to uninstall TotalFinder and return to your basic Finder.
Typically, there are two ways of uninstalling apps on macOS / Mac OS X machines.
(1) uninstall apps through the Finder
If you are prompted that the app cannot be moved to Trash because it is in use, make sure to shut down this app at first. To deactivate an running app, just right click on its icon in the Dock, and choose Quit (or Force Quit if it stops responding).
(2) Delete apps via the Launchpad
Note that this option only works on the condition that the app is installed from the Mac App Store. If there is not X icon in the upper left corner of the app icon, this app is not the Mac App Store version and therefore it cannot be uninstalled by this option.
The recent versions of TotalFinder has a dedicated uninstall script. You can uninstall TotalFinder by running the dedicated uninstall tool in the .DMG file of TotalFinder:
>> If you try to install but get prompted to modify the System Integrity Protection, you can directly click the Uninstall TotalFinder button to start the uninstallation.
>> If you have installed TotalFinder successfully, try to click the TotalFinder icon in the menu bar, and select Uninstall TotalFinder option. The uninstaller will launch automatically. If not, run the following command in the Terminal app: Open “/Applications/TotalFinder.app/Contents/Resources/TotalFinder.bundle/Contents/Resources/TotalFinder Uninstaller.app”
The uninstall script does not remove your configuration settings of TotalFinder. If you want to remove all TotalFinder traces on your Mac, you can conduct a detection by utilizing the Search feature in the Finder. Here are the steps you can follow:
If you have trouble in doing the deletion, try to force quit Finder via CMD+OPT+ESC and then delete the .plist file by running the following command in Terminal.app:
Looking for a better way to get rid of unneeded, problematic or stubborn apps? You will only need to do these simple steps when using Osx Uninstaller to uninstall TotalFinder:
When you are informed that all the files have been removed, click Back to Interface button to re-scan your Mac for currently installed apps, and then quit Osx Uninstaller.