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redbird123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi have a 2010 mac mini 320gb and as i was surfing the web a website called mac keeper said my mac might be at risk. after seeing the website 10 times then i read what they had to say, it said that it would bring a boost to the mac by antivirus and my mac was very slow at that time so i just installed the app. do you think mac keeper is a good app? thanks in advance.

mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: mac keeper?
    corus666 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There are currently no known Viruses for mac. Unless you have noticed a significant decrease in speeds everything is most likely fine. Mac Keeper want you to buy their software, so of course they're going to say its slow. But how can they tell over the internet..?

    I'd uninstall Mac Keeper, and check your pop-up settings in Safari. Consider using the Adblock extension too.
  • 2. Re: mac keeper?
    BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
    Recommend you uninstall/trash it, as that ploy is just to get you to use their software. If you want an antivirus program, get ClamXAV from http://www.clamxav.com . I use it to scan email and downloads. If you're concerned your mini is running slowly, install OnyX and periodically run the tasks on the cleaning and maintenance menus. It at http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php
  • 3. Re: mac keeper?
    macbig Level 4 Level 4 (1,680 points)
    MacKeeper does perform other important and useful functions. While it is true that there are no known virus's effecting OS X, there are known Malware (Trojans) just coming to light (see links below) and as Apples market share increases, so will the chances of malicious attacks. Better safe than sorry. So I would keep MacKeeper. Just turn off Real Time Protection and perform regular manual scans. FYI, I use the virus protection function of MacKeeper while browsing and do not have any performance issue's.

    http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2011/02/newmac_os_xba.html;jsessionid=WWL53NMHNWJ01QE1GHRSKH4ATMY32JVN

    http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/02/26/mac-os-x-backdoor-trojan-now-in-beta/
  • 4. Re: mac keeper?
    Stacia Seaman Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I hate the MacKeeper takeover ads. I wish Apple would find a way to disable these things.

    I'll never use or buy MacKeeper. Any company that uses that kind of tactic is not a company I want anything to do with.
  • 5. Re: mac keeper?
    Star1 Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    Hi redbird,
    please do NOT use any anti-virus software on your Mac → you don't need it.
  • 6. Re: mac keeper?
    BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
    please do NOT use any anti-virus software on your Mac → you don't need it.


    Let's just look at a few reasons why you might want to use anti-virus software .... In no particular order .. you want to ensure you don't forward something with a Window's virus to your Windows friends; while there are no OS X virus's in the wild today, that's no guarantee for the future; and programs like ClamXAV can give warning to phishing emails before you open your mail.
  • 7. Re: mac keeper?
    macbig Level 4 Level 4 (1,680 points)
    Ok Star1, lets keep or heads stuck in the sand. Here is an update an additional threat:
    The author of BlackHole has now created a new Trojan, this time with versions for Mac OS X for Intel and for PowerPC machines. The alpha release includes an application the author calls Virus Configurator, which can take a snapshot of the victim’s screen, shut down the computer, display a message, ask for administrator username and password, execute commands, etc. There are configurators for Windows and OS X (on Intel).
    This new Trojan could be more dangerous because the Mac client includes a hard-disk erase feature. It also might be able to upload a file to the victim’s machine, flood the disk with random files, etc.

    I know it is a matter of pride in our Macs to say that we don't get virus', but it's time that we quit just arbitrarily assuming that because we haven't, does not mean we won't.
  • 8. MacKeeper part of Mac OS?
    lippyloggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does every new Mac come with MacKeeper already installed on the hard drive?

    Because I know I never downloaded or installed it onto my Macbook Air (which is just two months old), and yet there it is, sitting in my Applications folder. I never would have even known it existed if an update alert hadn't popped up.

    As far as I can tell it's pretty benign, but if it was downloaded and installed without my permission, that is far from okay.

    Does anyone know if the app comes preinstalled on the Macbook Air's hard drive?
  • 9. Re: mac keeper?
    redbird123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i know a good antivirus for windows it is called super anti spyware, do you think it works with mac?
  • 10. Re: mac keeper?
    macbig Level 4 Level 4 (1,680 points)
    No. Stick with software that is known to play well with OS 10. Clamx or Sophos.
    Although in a previous post I noted that I am trying MacKeeper, I would not recommend until it has proven it's value. Especially since it Cosrs around $40.
  • 11. Re: mac keeper?
    lanelane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    does anyone know how to uninstall mackeeper, I tried trashing it, and it won't let me because it says it's running, I didn't purchase, just did the free download, without checking it out first...my bad, and am concerned it may be more harmful than helpful. Thanks much
  • 12. Re: mac keeper?
    justin_case Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I had to restore after trying to delete mackeeper...I recommend staying away from Mackeeper...really bad experience.
  • 13. Re: mac keeper?
    Sana_Paul Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Lanelane, it's more than easy to uninstall MacKeeper - you should quit the app at first and then drag&drop it to the trash and it will disappear from your computer completely.It's a legit app and the reason you were unable to delete it was the fact you didn't quit it before uninstalling

  • 14. Re: mac keeper?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    Apple does NOT, repeat NOT, install Mac Keeper.

     

    If it is there, you installed. It has a habit of getting installed without being obvious about it.

     

    It is for that reason and the underhand way that it advertise plus the fact this is is a pig for resources and does absolutely nothing in return that I highly recommend its removal at every opportunity.

     

    Allan

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