Uninstalling Adobe Reader from Mac OSX completely!

Hello everyone,

Firstly, if you are using a mac, I don’t think there is any need of adobe reader. It is rather very slow and the performance sucks. It blocks and asks you to click trust whenever you want to view or open a pdf in the browser which is very annoying. The Mac native application, The Preview is one of the best and I feel that is more smooth and awesome than the adobe reader.

Anyhow, people like me install the adobe reader and get stuck with it for a long time. This is because when you uninstall the adobe reader from your system, you won’t be allowed to view the pdf files on safari. It doesn’t let even preview to handle it which is really a pain in the ass. I was a victim for this for a very long time. I didn’t really have any solution to completely remove the adobe reader from my machine and use preview for my work. Instead I was forcefully using Adobe for viewing the pdf files.

Okay, but you people doesn’t have to face this problem, because I have a solution for this problem now which I am going to discuss here with the help of some screenshots. Uninstalling the Adobe Reader is quite simple. You can use App Cleaner  which is really a beautiful application which does the work for you. Drag and drop the Adobe reader icon from the applications to the app cleaner application and give your authorization to remove the application. Other way around is, simply go to the /Applications/Adobe Reader.app and delete it. When you do this, you may cause a break in Safari’s functionality to read the pdf files as discussed above. The following screen shot shows you the message which appears when you try to view a pdf file on Safari.

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 7.58.59 PM

The solution is :

Goto /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and remove “AdobePDFViewer.plugin” and “AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin“. This does the magic.

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 8.00.02 PM Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 8.00.20 PM

Have fun 🙂




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  3. So I removed adobe using the steps mentioned and it seems like it worked for a few PDF files but then I clicked on another file and it is showing the adobe symbol next to the file and not using “Preview”. Can any one explain whats going on?

    here is a screen shot

  4. magnificent put up, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this
    sector do not notice this. You must proceed your writing.
    I am sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  5. the first part isn’t working for me
    can i please get some help ?
    i clicked on applications then the adobe reader is something i can’t access and i don’t know how to delete it

  6. Hi, thank-you for this post on punting Adobe plug-in. I did a flash update yesterday and did not really clue in to the potential after shocks. I was trying to work on a PPT, and any bloody thing I tried to open told me I had no permission. Huh? I clued in quickly to the culprit, went on a hunt and found your site. I love the AppCleaner! So awesome! You saved my day. Happy, happy face.

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