How to Fully Uninstall Zoom from your Mac

Tired of Zoom's security issues? Get rid of it.
Zach Zach (249)
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Apparently, the Zoom video-conferencing app for Mac creates a hidden web server to allow for auto-join video conferencing, presenting a massive security and privacy flaw. Zoom's blog post on the matter has been updated continuously with patch information, albeit in an increasingly confusing and concering manner.

This flaw was originally reported by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh in his Medium post.

In any case, this guide will show you how to safely and completely uninstall Zoom from your Mac, in both macOS and OS X.

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Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Kill Zoom process on Mac

Run the following command to get Zoom's process ID (PID):

lsof -i :19421

Then, stop the process, replacing 14625 with your PID:

kill -9 14625
Remove Zoom application files on Mac

Next, run the following command to remove the ~/.zoomus directory:

rm -rf ~/.zoomus

Finally, drag the Zoom application from the Applications directory into the trash can.

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