How to completely remove the Zoom client from MacOS
How to completely remove Zoom from your Mac, including some of the stuff it leaves behind
This morning I read about a remote webcam execution vulnerability with Zoom. I don’t need to use Zoom day-to-day so opted for completely removing it from my machine.
Update: Apple has released a silent update for Mac users removing the vulnerable component in Zoom.
This article is a quick summary of what I checked to make sure Zoom was off my machine for good.
There are four things to do in order to remove Zoom from your Mac:
- Uninstall the app. I use CleanMyMac to remove things I don’t want; it does an excellent job of cleaning up unused related files after an uninstall.
- Checked that there were no Library files left. I looked in
~/Library/Preferencesfor anything that had “zoom” in the name.
- Made sure the web server Zoom installs wasn’t running. I ran
lsof -i :19421if this came back with a PID I would kill it with
kill -9 PROCESS_ID.
- Removed the web server.
rm -rf ~/.zoomus
What is Zoom
Zoom is video conferencing software, used by a lot of places because it has a pretty good free tier and typically handles spotty connections better than most.