Skip navigation

Accidentally downloaded MacKeeper!

354 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 3:28 PM by OGELTHORPE RSS
raw.96 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Dec 5, 2012 1:03 PM

So, as most people now know, MacKeeper is a virus, before I downloaded it, I didn't know it was a virus, so when I un-installed it, it removed many of my core applications, which are, Airport card not installed, no video card installed, no graphics card installed, no sound card installed, so I am running 10.5.8 Leopard, does anyone know where I can download these missing files as PRAM reset and SMC reset doesn't work either?!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 5, 2012 1:50 PM (in response to raw.96)

    First look at this website so that you may actually get rid of MacKeeper:



    Get your install disks out and reload your OS.  I would suggest purchasing Snow Leopard from the Apple store and instead.  Only $20.



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 5, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to raw.96)

    Archive and install from the 10.5 disk, hold c and boot off the disk



    BTW you should be on 10.6.8 now minimal, 10.5 is obsolete.


    Call Apple for the 10.6.3 white disks.


    Backup your data to a storage drive and disconnect, then follow these instructions if the upgrade goes bad.


    How to erase and install Snow Leopard 10.6

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 5, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to raw.96)

    Have you tried to repair you HDD in Disk Utility?  If unsuccessful, you will need a new HDD.  Than transfer as much data as you can and install it in your MBP and install the OS.



  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 5, 2012 3:21 PM (in response to raw.96)

    Although I have not managed (in brief testing) to duplicate this, MacKeeper is known to sometimes too-aggressively "clean" the system, destroying important parts of the system. (In fact, I'd be curious to know exactly what you did so I can see if I can duplicate it in a test system.)


    The fortunate part of this is that you can install 10.6 right on top of your existing damaged system and it should (in theory) work just fine. (That's assuming there's no underlying directory damage or something like that.) So, if your computer is capable of running Snow Leopard, get a copy of that:



    Once you've got the disc, start up the machine with the disc in the drive and with the C key pressed. Before proceeding with the install, repair the hard drive with Disk Utility. Then proceed with installing, which should leave all your data in place. (Of course, the first thing you should do once you can use your machine again is start making regular backups!)


    If your machine cannot run Snow Leopard, call Apple for replacement Leopard discs. They will send them to you for a small shipping & handling fee. However, you cannot install Leopard right on top of the existing system, so you will need to do an "Archive & Install," which will archive your user folder to allow you to get access to your data from the new user you will set up on the new system.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,550 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 5, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    Thomas A Reed, greetings:  I believe all MBPs can run Snow Leopard provided the is sufficient RAM.  viz.  My 2006 Core Duo has Snow Leopard as it primary OS.




More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.