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HT1338 I am getting a pop up recommending MacKeeper...do I need to buy this?

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Nov 7, 2012 11:42 AM

I am getting a pop up message to clean my computer of critical issues and recommending I purchase MacKeeper.  I've not heard of this and just now researching.  Is this something like an antivirus software that is really needed?  Thanks-

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)

    Absolutely not. Avoid it like the plague. You have no need for it. Here's all you need to know:

     

    Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance

     

    For disk repairs use Disk Utility.  For situations DU cannot handle the best third-party utilities are: Disk Warrior;  DW only fixes problems with the disk directory, but most disk problems are caused by directory corruption; Disk Warrior 4.x is now Intel Mac compatible. Drive Genius provides additional tools not found in Disk Warrior.  Versions 1.5.1 and later are Intel Mac compatible.

     

    OS X performs certain maintenance functions that are scheduled to occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly period. The maintenance scripts run in the early AM only if the computer is turned on 24/7 (no sleep.)

     

    If you are using a pre-Leopard version of OS X, then an excellent solution is to download and install a shareware utility such as Macaroni, JAW PseudoAnacron, or Anacron that will automate the maintenance activity regardless of whether the computer is turned off or asleep.  Dependence upon third-party utilities to run the periodic maintenance scripts was significantly reduced since Tiger.  (These utilities have limited or no functionality with Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion and should not be installed.)

     

    OS X automatically defragments files less than 20 MBs in size, so unless you have a disk full of very large files there's little need for defragmenting the hard drive. As for virus protection there are few if any such animals affecting OS X. You can protect the computer easily using the freeware Open Source virus protection software ClamXAV. Personally I would avoid most commercial anti-virus software because of their potential for causing problems. For more about malware see Macintosh Virus Guide.

     

    I would also recommend downloading a utility such as TinkerTool System, OnyX 2.4.3, or Cocktail 5.1.1 that you can use for periodic maintenance such as removing old log files and archives, clearing caches, etc.

     

    For emergency repairs install the freeware utility Applejack.  If you cannot start up in OS X, you may be able to start in single-user mode from which you can run Applejack to do a whole set of repair and maintenance routines from the command line.  Note that AppleJack 1.5 is required for Leopard. AppleJack 1.6 is compatible with Snow Leopard. (There is no confirmation that this version also works with Lion or later.)

     

    When you install any new system software or updates be sure to repair the hard drive and permissions beforehand. I also recommend booting into safe mode before doing system software updates.

     

    Get an external Firewire drive at least equal in size to the internal hard drive and make (and maintain) a bootable clone/backup. You can make a bootable clone using the Restore option of Disk Utility. You can also make and maintain clones with good backup software. My personal recommendations are (order is not significant):

     

      1. Carbon Copy Cloner.

      2. Data Backup

      3. Deja Vu

      4. SuperDuper!

      5. SyncTwoFolders

      6. Synk Pro

      7. Synk Standard

      8. Tri-Backup

     

    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQs on maintenance, optimization, virus protection, and backup and restore.

     

    Always have a current backup before performing any system updates or upgrades.

     

    Additional suggestions will be found in:    

     

          1. Mac Maintenance Quick Assist,

          2. Mac OS X speed FAQ,
         
    3. Speeding up Macs,
         
    4. Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance,
         
    5. Essential Mac Maintenance: Get set up,
         
    6. Essential Mac Maintenance: Rev up your routines,
         
    7. Maintaining OS X
         
    8. Five Mac maintenance myths,
         
    9. How to Speed up Macs, and
       
    10. Myths of required versus not required maintenance for Mac OS X.

     

    Referenced software can be found at CNet Downloads or MacUpdate.

     

    Be sure you have an adequate amount of RAM installed for the number of applications you run concurrently. Be sure you leave a minimum of 10% of the hard drive's capacity or 20 GBs, whichever is greater, as free space.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    sshannon4 wrote:

     

    I am getting a pop up message to clean my computer of critical issues and recommending I purchase MacKeeper.

    This is coming from a company that uses aggressive advertising tactics and has no idea whether your computer has issues of any kind. I have personally found all such "cleaner" apps to cause more harm than good for most users. If you have a specific problem, then be sure and come back here to tell us about it and we can advise you on what you need to do.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)

    MadMacs0 wrote:

     

    sshannon4 wrote:

     

    I am getting a pop up message to clean my computer of critical issues and recommending I purchase MacKeeper.

    This is coming from a company that uses aggressive advertising tactics and has no idea whether your computer has issues of any kind. I have personally found all such "cleaner" apps to cause more harm than good for most users. If you have a specific problem, then be sure and come back here to tell us about it and we can advise you on what you need to do.

    I see it as a bit strange that sites such as Cult of Mac and other Apple orientated sites, still advertise MacKeeper as a great troubleshooting utility. I would have thought they may be a bit more responsible than they are, knowing of the problems with installing and uninstalling it. Ah, maybe they like the advertising dollar more than they care for their own customers.

     

    Pete

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    petermac87 wrote:

     

    I see it as a bit strange that sites such as Cult of Mac and other Apple orientated sites, still advertise MacKeeper as a great troubleshooting utility.

    As I understand it such sites sign a contract with an advertsing consolidator, so they have little or no control over what gets displayed in that spot. At least that's their story when you ask them.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,090 points)

    petermac87 wrote:

     

    I see it as a bit strange that sites such as Cult of Mac and other Apple orientated sites, still advertise MacKeeper as a great troubleshooting utility.

     

    I no longer refer anyone to those sites for this very reason. They discredit themselves by permitting such advertisements. I do not consider them any less complicit by hiding behind opaque agreements with advertising aggregators. If they don't want to be associated with MacKeeper then they can fix it. No one else will care.

     

    Cult of Mac in particular has an entire area devoted to jailbreaking. It cannot be considered a respectable website. If you don't like it don't patronize its advertisers.

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