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  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,540 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:56 AM (in response to GuinCI)

    Yes, there's been a few reports like that the last few days. Funny that these so called security experts can't tell the difference between a virus and a Trojan.

  • plang12 Calculating status...
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:15 PM (in response to redbird123)

    Hi, I'm a relatively new Mac user.

     

    An ad for MacKeeper popped up on m y machine about a week back so I thought I would give it a try. I installed it (not knowing it was simply a trial version). It scanned my system and told me of all these issues and said click to fix. It fixed 100 issues and then said I had to register (pay) to fix the rest. At that point I shut it down and it's been sending me reminder emails and pop-ups since.

     

    Two days back my Mail system was hijacked and a series of a dozen spam emails was sent out to my address book. Fortunately most mail servers rejected them. Has anybody had this type of experience. Does anybody think there might be a connection between MacKeeper and this?

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (50,350 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:17 PM (in response to plang12)
  • plang12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:25 PM (in response to redbird123)

    Wow. Thanks for the link stedman1.

     

    Now I've gotta try and clean up my system.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (50,350 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:34 PM (in response to plang12)

    You're quite welcome, but I am just the messenger. Klaus1 deserves the credit for the great compilation of information.

     

    Stedman

  • fltola Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 11:20 AM (in response to mikesoderstrom)

    I just tried to follow these insturction but had a password request. I didn't download the purchased version, but I did download the "free" one. After researching here, I decided not to opt for "Mackeeper." I went to ultilities and found the "Mackeeper" application with the Michelin man ripoff (even though I didn't see it in "applications" when I first searched that folder). I tried dragging it to the trash but got a request for a password so that "finder can make changes"! Is this right??? Why would I have to give a password to drag a folder to the trash?

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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,585 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to GuinCI)

    That is not a virus but a trojan.

     

    Allan

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,845 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to fltola)

    Long thread, which instructions?

  • fltola Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    from mikeoderstrom:

     

    Go to Finder>Applications>Utilities and open Activity Monitor. In the Filter search, look for MacKeeper or Zeobit and kill any process that you find.

     

    You also might have to manually search in System folders and files and look for anything called MacKeeper or Zeobit and drag it to the trash and empty it. Then restart your mac and double check Activity Monitor again just to be sure it's gone.

  • Moms90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to fltola)

    Question:  When you are at the "activity monitor' what do you do there?  Its just a window showing you a graph.  What does one do at that point?  I know this is so basic for many of you, but not for me.  Thanks for your help in understanding what to do. 

     

    I did follow early on how to search for MacKeeper and/or Zeobit, but never was sure what I was supposed to do at the activity monitor.

     

    Moms90

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,845 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to Moms90)

    There are several tabs to choose from & you can sort the list ascending or descending by clicking on a header of a column, be sure to choose Show All Processes, highlight one & click the Quit/force quit button, if that process starts again you'll have to find it's plist & delete it.

  • tevion5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 18, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to macbig)

    Sure, only MacKeeper is widely accepted AS malware itself! I got it almost straight away when I got my MacBook Pro. It's an *** of a program and displays all the characteristics of classic Windows XP malware. To anyone who has the nasty little program, I advise you remove it asap!

  • Weesie67 Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:58 PM (in response to redbird123)

    I agree with everyone who says NOT to download this software. Though my Macbook Pro was unaffected, it's been acting sluggish lately and I thought Mackeeper would be a good program to download. It did a sweep of my HD and then wanted me to register. The funny thing is that when it swept my computer, it claimed I had no virus protection when I have Norton Antivirus installed. This was the first thing that tipped me off that Mackeeper is just a bunch of hype and doesn't really interact with your computer at all.

     

    Any suggestions on what would enhance your Mac experience? Just downloaded and am using the new Mountain Lion OS. So far, so good.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,585 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to Weesie67)

    In addition to making sure that MacKeeper is really gone, I would suggest you get rid of Norton also. IMHO it worthless and only second to MacKeeper in its ability to hose up Macs.

     

    Allan

  • Wanlingnic Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 11:05 AM (in response to redbird123)

    Hey, could someone give me a hand?

     

    I downloaded mackeeper, and opened up the file to instal it, but at the screen that displayed my user name and asked for my mac's password for the autorisation to install it, I got cold feet and decided to close the programme and read up more about mackeeper before doing so.

     

    It's horrifying to hear all your sotries and I'm so sorry you had to experience all that. I haven't installed the program yet, and immediately sent it to the Trash Bin and emptied it all. I've restarted my computer and checked my Activity Monitor. Below are pictures of it.

     

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    Please, can anyone help tell me if Mackeeper's gone for good? What else must I do?

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