un·​in·​stall | \ ˌən-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce uninstall (audio) \
uninstalled; uninstalling; uninstalls

Definition of uninstall

transitive verb

: to remove (software) from a computer system especially by using a specially designed program

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Apple’s intervention was likely necessary because without it, users who had uninstalled the Zoom app would never have received Zoom’s update that removes the leftover daemon. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Zoom’s video conferencing security flaw also applies to RingCentral and Zhumu," 15 July 2019 The server continues to run even when a Mac user uninstalls Zoom. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Silent Mac update nukes dangerous webserver installed by Zoom," 10 July 2019 The server was lurking in the background on Mac devices, and stayed there even when the user had uninstalled Zoom. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Zoom has reconsidered its response to a security flaw and is promising new fixes," 9 July 2019 Symantec, which distributed pcAnywhere, knew vaguely of the theft back in 2006 but only spoke up about it after the code leaked, along with the warning that users should disable or uninstall the software. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "A major election software maker allowed remote access on its systems for years," 17 July 2018 Now both apps can be uninstalled, right from the Start menu. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, Microsoft suggests that concerned parties should uninstall the update. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Recent Windows 10 patch brings good, bad performance news for PC gamers," 7 Mar. 2019 Also significant, uninstalling the app didn’t remove the root certificates that made users vulnerable. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 Over the past few years, security practitioners have increasingly advised that people uninstall the stand-alone Flash app and use a browser that blocks Flash content by default. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Stymied by browsers, attackers embed Flash 0-day inside MS Office document," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of uninstall

1981, in the meaning defined above

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