Is MacKeeper Safe for Your Mac and Why There are So Many Negative Reviews?
MacKeeper is a set of utilities that are supposed to deal with security, optimization, and cleaning issues. Generally, such apps should make your Mac’s productivity better. The question is why Mac community doesn’t consider this kind of tool legitimate?
Since MacKeeper is greatly promoted and irritates users with advertising messages, there are many negative reviews towards its claimed features.
Being a brainchild of Zeobit company, it was sold to Kromtech company later. However, the marketing strategies haven’t changed and many users still argue the necessity of this app. Some reviewers bluntly call MacKeeper a scam. They confirm it with the fact that many Macs begin functioning better after the tool is removed.
However, it’s not that easy to delete an app since it embeds in the operating system and the removal can take you a good deal of efforts and time.
So, do you actually need MacKeeper? And how not to end up with protecting your Mac from the offers to buy more premium services?
To understand whether the tool is safe to use I checked on the Apple community discussions. I found out that it is actually safe, yet useless for the cost you purchase it. Besides, you’ll have to block all the advertising ads in a browser and suffer from the difficult uninstalling process.
How to uninstall Mackeeper?
The same community of Mac users shared some valuable tips on how to completely uninstall MacKeeper. Many of Mac novices place similar queries “How do I get rid of MacKeeper forever?” or “Why can’t I eliminate all the pop-up ads?”.
Unlike many customer-oriented apps which allow you easily remove their product, Mackeeper downloads in seconds to your computer but takes hours to trash it. Usually, a three-step deletion process ends up with too many unspoken measures that you have to take.
Generally, it’s not enough to trash the program because you should also visit a list of folders before you finish this nightmare.
How to remove Mackeeper with all its components?
- First, quit the program so that it’s not running on your Mac.
- Drag it to the Trash and enter the required admin password.
- Don’t trust a notification saying all its components have been deleted too. It behaves like a malware or virus requiring a total removal of its traces.
- There is still MacKeeper Helper folder you should enter. It is located in /Library/Application Support. If you can’t find it, then it is most likely has been deleted. So, you should remove the whole folder.
- Visit a few more folders in the library to completely delete the MacKeeper app – Cache for MacKeeper and MacKeeper Helper, LaunchAgents and Application Support for MacKeeper Helper and LaunchDaemons by the next route: /com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.plugin.AntiTheft.daemon.plist.
- To get rid of annoying pop-ups and their intrusive adds you should go to your browser’s preferences and remove all the extensions for MacKeeper.
- It is also crucial to check the Privacy tab, turn to managing website data mode and remove all MacKeeper’s cache and cookies.
Why MacKeeper Helper is tricky?
What is the main purpose of MacKeeper Helper? Being a background process and a part of antivirus utility it requires a lot of CPU and memory. Thus, it slows down your Mac instead of optimizing and speeding up its main functions. The only way to solve this issue is to delete MacKeeper Helper from all possible locations in your system. Hence, after you go to the library, you should check all the folders and clean out files that contain the words “MackKeeper” or “MacKeeper Helper”.
Go to the Finder and then proceed to the Library. There you will have to delete all separate MacKeeper files manually. First, find LaunchDaemons or LaunchAgents where MacKeeper Helper files are usually stored. Then ascertain that you have also removed Caches, Logs, Application Support, and Preferences.
So, is MacKeeper worth the money? Sure, it’s not if it slows down your Mac and takes so much time and nerves to simply uninstall it. However, this issue will be poignant for all new Mac users who are usually confused with an app’s origin. What they should ask first – “Is MacKeeper an Apple product?”. After that, they will certainly question the necessity of this app.
If your Mac works fine and doesn’t require any anti-virus programs, you can only harm it downloading such apps as MacKeeper. Besides, OS X is already perfect and doesn’t need to be protected or cleaned from temp files by special external tools. The system has a self-cleaning capacity deleting all the junk files during its sleeping mode.