13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 1:45 AM by Bellakelpie
patsifromsalamanderbay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can anyone tell me whether or not "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com is legitimate please. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    It may be legally legit, but the product is not something that one should waste money on.


    It amounts to "scamware" in the minds of many people, and what functions it does provide are done by other freewares better.


    Just google what you are asking. After I read what is in so many of the search results, I wouldn't install or buy the software even if I didn't already know better.....


    If you already installed it and are finding that you don't wish to have it, you may find that uninstalling is very difficult.

    That alone makes the software undesireable.


    Use Live Chat to get guidance on uninstalling.


  • 2. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    How to maintain a Mac


    1. Make redundant backups, keeping at least one off site at all times. One backup is not enough. Don’t back up your backups; make them independent of each other. Don’t rely completely on any single backup method, such as Time Machine.


    2. Keep your software up to date. Software Update can be set to notify you automatically of updates to OS X. Some third-party applications have a similar feature, if you don’t mind letting them phone home. Otherwise you have to check yourself on a regular basis.


    3. Don't install crapware, such as “themes,” "haxies," “add-ons,” “toolbars,” “enhancers," “optimizers,” “accelerators,” “extenders,” “cleaners,” “defragmenters,” “firewalls,” "barriers," “guardians,” “defenders,” “protectors,” most “plugins,” commercial "virus scanners,” or "utilities." With very few exceptions, this kind of material is useless, or worse than useless.


    The more actively promoted the product, the more likely it is to be garbage. The most extreme example is the “MacKeeper” scam.


    The only software you should install is that which directly enables you to do the things you use a computer for — such as creating, communicating, and playing — and does not modify the way other software works. Never install any third-party software unless you know how to uninstall it.


    The free anti-malware application ClamXav is not crap, and although it’s not routinely needed, it may be useful in some environments, such as a mixed Mac-Windows enterprise network.


    4. Beware of trojans. A trojan is malicious software (“malware”) that the user is duped into installing voluntarily. Such attacks were rare on the Mac platform until recently, but are now increasingly common, and increasingly dangerous.


    There is some built-in protection against downloading malware, but you can’t rely on it — the attackers are always at least one day ahead of the defense. You can’t rely on third-party protection either. What you can rely on is common-sense awareness — not paranoia, which only makes you more vulnerable.


    Never install software from an untrustworthy or unknown source. If in doubt, do some research. Any website that prompts you to install a “codec” or “plugin” that comes from the same site, or an unknown site, is untrustworthy. Software with a known corporate brand, such as Adobe Flash, must be acquired directly from the developer. No intermediary is acceptable, and don’t trust links unless you know how to parse them. Any file that is automatically downloaded from a web page without your having requested it should go straight into the Trash. A website that claims you have a “virus,” or that anything else is wrong with your computer, is rogue.


    Because of recurring security issues in Java, it’s best to disable it in your web browsers, if it’s installed. Few websites have Java content nowadays, so you won’t be missing much. This action is mandatory if you’re running any version of OS X older than 10.6.8 with the latest Java update. Note: Java has nothing to do with JavaScript, despite the similar names.


    5. Relax, don’t do it. Besides the above, no routine maintenance is necessary or beneficial for the vast majority of users; specifically not “cleaning caches,” “zapping the PRAM,” “rebuilding the directory,” “running periodic scripts,” “deleting log files,” “scanning for viruses,” or “repairing permissions.” Such measures are for solving problems as they arise, not for maintenance.


    The very height of futility is running an expensive third-party application called “Disk Warrior” when nothing is wrong, or even when something is wrong and you have backups, which you must have. Don’t waste money on Disk Warrior or anything like it.

  • 4. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Bellakelpie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been using it for some 18 months and have never had an issue from the time it was installed. As far as I am concerned it is completely safe and does what Zeobit says it does.

  • 5. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Your opinion might carry more weight if you hadn't registered on this site today, and if this were not your only post, and if Zeobit were not known for posting fake testimonials in discussion forums (among other unethical practices.)

  • 6. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Bellakelpie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What a "holier than thou attitude" you have Linc

    I resent you implication that I made the post on behalf of Zeobit.  I am NOT a Zeobit rep, agent or employee. Just a retired Oil Worker who switched from Windows to Apple 2 years ago.


    Now pray tell me why registering on this site today to make my 1st post makes any difference? One has to start posting somewhere at sometime Linc, or does everyones 1st post on any forum not count?


    I have other things on in my life that are more important to me than spending hours trolling through opinion forums. In this case I came across the thread and thought I would help by giving a short account of my experience. What is wrong with that? Or is it that I have not fully agreed with your opinion?

  • 7. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    hpr3 Level 5 Level 5 (5,710 points)

    Your opinion and reputation in this forum are exactly as your profile indicates. 0

  • 8. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Even if everything you say is true, and I don't question it, the fact remains that Zeobit, by its unethical conduct, has made it impossible to tell whether statements like yours on a public message board are genuine or not.


    MacKeeper, in detail please: Apple Support Communities

    MacKeeper swindling its customers. Alternatives readily available.

    MacKeeper is not a keeper | Ashmug Site

  • 9. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    and thought I would help by giving a short account of my experience. What is wrong with that?


    There is nothing wrong with that. But since you have no other posts, questions or answers, your authority to make the statement you did is yet to be determined.


    Linc Davis, on the other hand, helped so many people here that they freely gave him over 35,800 helpful points. He has authority that you do not (yet), but may have one day.


    That's how the "reputation" system here works.

  • 10. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    Zeobit posts fake reviews. If you are a legit user who would install software from such a company, that's one thing. But we have no idea who you are, this is the first time we've seen you on the forums, and given Zeobit's tactics, we don't know what to make of your posts.

  • 11. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Ginger-Ben Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The functionality of the software is nothing you should spend money on. All of its functions are already handled by the operating system or can be triggered manually via the terminal or by other freeware.


    Smart Uninstaller = Removing the App Package and its associated preference files - you can do this manually or use freeware such as AppCleaner to do it for you.


    Fast Cleanup = This is supposed to remove junk, but it actually clears important cache files on your computer and can be detrimental to performance. It may also cause some more performance woes by conflicting with the automated UNIX tools that run silently in the background on every Mac.


    Disk Usage = Right Click > Get Info on a folder does the same thing - as does Switching Finder into list view. In Lion and Mountain Lion click Apple > About this Mac > Storage, it will tell you how much space is utilised anyway by different media types.


    Duplicates Finder = Glorified global search that picks out if two files have the same name. Just use Spotlight or even Automator if you know how to use it.


    Data Encryptor = Disk encryption is built into OSX. But for individual files, you can create an encrypted virtual disk using disk utility and password protecting it.


    Backup = Use Time Machine or rsync if you're handy with UNIX commands and a terminal.


    Files Recovery = Could be useful, but if you have an SSD its useless as TRIM on SSDs render all data blocks for a deleted file to null.


    Shredder = If you use a mechanical hard disk, put the items in the trash, right click the trash and hold command (or it may be option, not infront of a mac right now to check) and click "Secure Empty Trash". Does exactly the same thing as shredder. If you use an SSD this is not required. Once its gone, its gone. TRIM on an SSD completely nulls out the data.


    AntiVirus = Viruses do not exist for modern Macintosh systems. Trojens, however, do - use Gatekeeper on Lion or Mountain Lion with stricter settings and don't download anything from untrusted or unsure sources. If you require AV for a corporate network, download Sophos AV for Mac (it picks out both Mac and Windows Malware to avoid spreading).


    Anti-Theft = Find my Mac.


    Update Tracker = Apps notify you of updates anyway, so its not required. If its from the AppStore it flat out shoves a notification in your face that you've got updates even when the app isn't open.


    Login Items = System Preferences > Users > Login Items


    Default Apps = Want to open a file with a different program? Right click the file, click get info, click on "Change Default" and choose an Application to always open it with. Make sure to check "Always open this type of file with this application"  (or something along those lines).


    Geek on Demand = Apple Support



    MacKeeper is a waste of money and because Mac OS X is a fully-fledged UNIX operating system, all the important maintainance is performed behind the scenes as with any BSD UNIX OS without needing such gimmicky software. Everything from database cleanup to defragmenting is done without you knowing. (on a side note, NEVER use disk defragmenting software on a Mac - it actually makes your system worse).


    The best thing you can do is to simply check and fix the permissions and verify your startup disk once a month in Disk Utility. When your Mac is not in use, just put it to sleep. Restart it once a month to clear all the temporary rubbish out of the system and only shutdown if you're adding new internal hardware. The OS will do the rest.

  • 12. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    bentkitty100 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Bellakelpie, I promise that the members of the community here have NOTHING against you personally. The issue is that ZeoBIT is known for using shills to make good reviews. You may not be, but nobody can be sure.


    Stay safe, and if you need to get rid of MK, there's plenty of help out there.

  • 13. Re: Is "MacKeeper 2012" from mackeeper.zeobit.com legit?
    Bellakelpie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello bentkitty100. I had to go back and see what this was about it was that long ago. I have moved on, but thanks for your kind words. I have no issue with most of the contributors to this site really. (There is one exception and it is not Linc Davis)


    At the time I was a little ****** with the inital reaction to my one and only post, having never come across that reception before. I'm sure that Linc is an honourable person and is to be thanked for the assistance he has given to others.


    In the 3 years I have had my iMac, I have not encountered a problem that I could not solve, so have not had the need to come back to this forum.


    I deleted Zeobit when I upgraded to "Mountain Lion" late 2012.


    To hpr3. I note your reply. Have a nice day!