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Uninstall Google Chrome

by jfeeney2 / April 2, 2011 11:10 PM PDT

When I try to uninstall Google Chrome, I get a message saying I can't due to a System Error-61 (Write permission error)

Can you advise me on how to deal with this problem?

Thank you.
John

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Just so we're all on the same page
by Jimmy Greystone / April 2, 2011 11:57 PM PDT

Just so we're all on the same page, humor us and tell us exactly how you're trying to uninstall Chrome.

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Uninstall Google Chrome
by jfeeney2 / April 3, 2011 2:33 AM PDT

I find the Google Chrome application in Finder, then drag the Chrome icon to the trash. I'm then asked if I really want to delete it---I click delete and the error message appears, saying I can't due to the system Error-61.

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Uninstall Google Chrome
by jfeeney2 / April 4, 2011 1:56 AM PDT

Am I trying to uninstall it correctly?

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Yes
by Jimmy Greystone / April 4, 2011 11:00 AM PDT

Yes, sorry, been a little busy.

These things happen every couple of blue moons, and usually the quickest solution is to use the Unix layer to delete the file.

You'll have to adapt this a little for your system but a command along the lines of: sudo rm -f "~/.Trashes/Google Chrome.app" should do the trick after you put in your password. If you don't have a password on your account, you'll need to add one temporarily. The sudo command doesn't like it when you have no password.

Might also be time to run a repair permissions operation from Disk Utility. In fact, you can try that before the Unix method I just mentioned, though not sure it'll help.

Despite probably the best effort of anyone thus far, it's still a good idea for Mac users to have a rudimentary understanding of the Unix OS that makes up the core of Mac OS X. Just enough to do some basic operations like navigate the file system and delete files when things like this happen.

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