Encounter problems when trying to uninstall VirtualBox? Have no idea how to properly delete its traces on your Mac? This removal guide could be helpful for you.
VirtualBox is a hyper-visor used to run operating systems in a virtual machine on top of the existing system. Other similar software include Parallels, VMware, and the Boot Camp which is built in macOS. If you decide to uninstall VirtualBox from your Mac, you can follow the instructions below to ensure a clean, complete uninstall.
Before uninstalling VirtualBox, make sure it is not running on the Dock or even background. To quit the app, right click on its icon on the Dock, and then choose Quit. In case that the app is frozen, you can launch the Activity Monitor (located in the /Applications/Utilities folder) to locate the background process and force quit it there. Now you have three options to uninstall VirtualBox for Mac. Take the one you like.
Option 1: launch a pro uninstall tool
There are many uninstall tools that can handle app removal on Mac, and here we take Osx Uninstaller as an example. It is a lightweight but powerful tool that could help users fully remove unwanted apps (including VirtualBox) within 3 simple steps.
So the whole process requires a few click to finish and VirtualBox can be entirely deleted from your Mac without causing any trouble. The automated utility is most suitable for those who want to save trouble/time in tackling different uninstall issues.
Option 2: running built-in uninstaller
If you still keep the installation file of VirtualBox, you may notice that it provides an uninstall script that helps users perform a standard uninstall. So do the followings:
> Locate the installation file in Finder, and double click to open it up.
> Right click on the file named VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool and choose Open.
> Click on Open in the pop-up dialog to confirm the change.
> As the Terminal window shows up, type Yes when prompted, and hit Enter key.
> Enter the current administrator’s password inside, and hit Enter key.
> When the process completes, close the window, and quit Terminal from the Dock.
Option 3: using drag-to-delete method
This method works for all third party apps in all modern versions of Mac operating system. You just need to open the Finder, locate VirtualBox in the Applications folder, then drag its icon to the Trash on the Dock, and drop it there. Then you can empty the Trash to perform the uninstall. However, in most cases it only removes the app itself, while some of app components remains on your system, occupying certain disk space.
If you adopt the second or third option to remove VirtualBox, you will need to manually detect and delete the app remnants scattering around the macOS. On the contrary, if you choose to run a reputable uninstaller to handle the task, all you need to do is just to click, click and click. No trace left, and no extra steps need to be done.