NordVPN is a popular option for people looking for a free VPN service to secure their internet connection and protect their personal details while online. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and it is very easy to use with its streamlined interface and simple installation process.
While NordVPN is a fantastic option for people who want to use it, it is always best to take the extra step and double check that you truly want to remove an app before you decide to do so. This is why we have compiled a quick guide on how to uninstall NordVPN from Mac. We’ll discuss both the steps involved with the app store, as well as the manual process that you can use if you decide the app is still on your computer after you’ve tried the first method.
Uninstall from App Store
The best and easiest way to uninstall NordVPN from your Mac is through the app store. All you need to do is open the App Store, search for the VPN app, and delete it. You will no longer be able to download or use the app once it has been removed from your device.
This is because Apple takes care of removing apps that it feels aren’t suitable for their users any longer. In the case of NordVPN, this means that you can delete it from any device that is running iOS 12 or higher. For those running older versions of iOS, you can still use some other method described in this guide to remove the app.
Uninstall from Recovery Disk
If the first method didn’t work for whatever reason and you’re still finding yourself plagued by the app when trying to use your Mac, you can use a recovery disk to remove it. This method might require you to restore your Mac from scratch, but it’s a worthwhile effort if you want to be rid of the app once and for all.
To use this method, first you will need to create a bootable macOS recovery disk using the instructions that Apple provides. After you’ve done that, you can use the disk to remove NordVPN from your Mac.
When you boot into the recovery disk, you will be greeted with a graphical menu where you can select the option to restore your Mac or to install the VPN app. To remove the app, simply choose the first option, and let the boot process take care of the rest.
If neither of the methods above worked for you and you’re still finding yourself plagued by the app, it would be wise to manually remove it from your Mac. This is a time-consuming process, but it can be worth it if you want to be sure that you’ve removed the app completely. There are a few steps that you will need to follow to successfully remove NordVPN from your device, and we have compiled them below for your convenience.
Launch Terminal app
You can start by launching the Terminal app from your Mac’s menu bar. This will open a window where you can enter commands. Once you’re in the Terminal app, type the following command and press enter:
sudo rm -rf /Applications/NordVPN.app
This will ask you for your Mac’s administrative password. Once you’ve typed it and pressed enter, the Terminal app will ask you to confirm the removal. Press enter again to continue.
Restart the Mac
Now that the NordVPN app has been removed from your Mac, you can restart it by holding down the power button on the device for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo and screen that says “Shutting Down”. Then follow the steps listed below.
Go to Settings App
Open the Settings app and click on “General”. Here you will see the option to Reset Apple’s VPN settings. Select this, and then enter your password when prompted. Once you’ve done that, click on “Reset” and your VPN settings will be restored to their original state.
Clear the App Store Cache
The next step is to clear the App Store cache. This is a temporary cache that is used by the App Store to improve your experience by storing apps that you’ve previously purchased. It can also help the App Store determine what other apps you might like based on what you’ve already bought. To clear the cache for all apps, open the App Store and click on “Store” at the top of the screen. Then, in the search bar, type “app cache” and press enter.
Now you will see a pop-up warning mentioning that some apps might require new software updates that can “improve your experience”. To clear the cache, simply click on “Update All” to download and install any available updates. Once the updates have finished installing, close the App Store and reopen it to see the cache has been cleared.
Disable System Integrity Protection
Now that you’ve updated App Store and cleared its cache, it’s time to turn System Integrity Protection (SIP) off. SIP is used by Apple to protect your Mac against malware and malicious apps. You can find the setting in your Mac’s System Overview screen (in the About section). Simply go to System Preferences, click on Security, and then toggle the “Enable SIP” option to off. You might want to save your changes and restart your Mac to ensure everything has been set correctly.
After you’ve turned SIP off, you can attempt to use the app store to remove NordVPN again. If it still doesn’t work, try deleting the app from your computer manually. Remember, the manual method is always the best way to ensure you’re removing an app completely.
If none of the above methods worked for you and you’re still finding yourself plagued by the app, we recommend trying out a different VPN service. There are several reputable companies out there that offer great service for free, and for those looking for a traditional route, there are many solid VPN providers that offer affordable prices. If you’ve tried the steps above and the app still persists on your Mac, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team for help.