How to Manually Uninstall VMware Fusion 8 and Earlier

Windows users usually can rid of an unwanted software by utilizing the "Uninstall a program" feature under Control Panel. However, one of the most frequently encountered questions we found commented in several forums asked how to completely uninstall VMware Fusion on a Mac-based computer. Additionally, the worse problem, however, is most OSs have NO business cleaning leftovers.

Below is just an introductory how-to that illustrates how to manually get the work done, and how to configure your Mac OS X properly. For the sake of efficiency, this article also discusses how to clear those additional yet possibly unused VMware-related remains. Just make the best of this update, as most of the tips & tricks in this article are also applicable to Mac-based apps removal. Here’s how you could perform the uninstall of VMware Fusion manually. If however you faced some obscure error message when you attempted to do so, or you’re looking for a different solution, we kindly recommend you try our favorite app remover (see the attached tool below).


Part 1: Below’s a simple know-how of how to uninstall the latest version of VMware Fusion. You can also follow along if you’re using other version of that app, e.g., 7.x, 6.x, 5.x and/or 4.x.

Step 1: Save any of virtual machines you created. To do so, please navigate to the exact location you designed or customized. We kindly recommend you move ’em to a removable media like pen drive with enough capacity so you can reuse those data and/or free up your disk space later.

Step 2: Shut down any VM you’re still running.

Step 3: Check your Dock bar, Quit the agent properly.

Step 4: click on your desktop, head to the Go folder, open up Utilities and run Activity Monitor. Then, look closely at the Process Name, locate the running "VMware Fusion Start Menu" and then hit Cross icon to force that item to quit completely.

Step 5: This time hit the Applications folder on left side of Utilities window.

Step 6: Press the V key on your keyboard so you find the target app fast. Then, try trashing the installation directly.

Step 7: Enter your own Mac admin password correctly and press the blue OK button (or press Return) to finalize your request.

Step 8: Restart your Apple machine when ready.

Additional task: Head over to the Library folder and clear out remained junk. Depending on the version number and/or build number you used, some could not be present as the official documentation at VMware site.


Please continue reading if you were unable to erase VMware Fusion 3.x for yourself. In that case, proceed to the this Part 2:

Well, yet another lesson to be learned is that sometimes troublemakers are just the troubleshooters for themselves. We rather have no ‘better’ advice to offer other than to say you get (re-download) the original dmg package from the said company above.

Has this update helped your annoyance, once and for all? Please let us know.


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