Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
Remove MacKeeper IMMEDIATELY. It is junk and may very well be the cause.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:30 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
The problem is MacKeeper. It is a virus and screws up your computer. I highly recommend uninstalling.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:44 PM (in response to shldr2thewheel)
What!!! I thought it was it was apple approved? since I payed for it, would moving it to the trash (not emptied) would that be "unistalled" ?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:49 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
No it is certainally not Apple approved. It is a very bad program. Here is how to remove it: http://applehelpwriter.com/2011/09/21/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-malware/
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:51 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
MacKeeper is lying about it being apple approved. Moving it to the trash and emptying would uninstall the program itself, but repairing the damage it caused is a different story. You would have to search finder for anything MacKeeper related and delete that. You would also have to check your settings for anything MacKeeper changed.
I would highly recommend restoring from a Time Machine Backup. I would also like to add that you should stay away from any software that claims to speed up your mac found on the internet. Only trust software of that kind from the mac app store. I would also warn against antivirus software because that screws certain functions on your Mac, most famously dictation. That is all.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
OK I'm back--followed the instructions in the link "the wheel" provided--It did wake up faster, tommorow morning I hope aperture is closed!!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 4:10 AM (in response to bostonvaughn)
MacKeeper is definitely not a "virus," or any other kind of malware. To say that it is is extremely misleading, and causes much confusion as to what is or is not malware. It is what many here would call "crapware." It is extremely aggressively marketed, in sometimes very unethical ways, and once on your machine, it scares you into buying it to fix thousands of "critical" issues that are actually not problems at all. It is "Apple approved" in the sense that it is signed with a developer certificate issued to Zeobit by Apple, and there is a trimmed-down version (called "911 Bundle") that has been approved for the Mac App Store. None of this means that Apple actually recommends installing it.
People who have requested a refund from Zeobit have actually been successful, so it would not be a waste of your time to try to get a refund.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 6:24 AM (in response to bostonvaughn)
A computer program that is designed to replicate itself by copying itself into the other programs stored in a computer. It may be benign or have a negative effect, such as causing a program to operate incorrectly or corrupting a computer's memory. Under this definition, mackeeper can be considered a virus.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to aditya831)
A virus is NOT benign, it is always considered to be malicious. Further, the definition of a virus is that it 1) installs by itself, with no user interaction, and 2) spreads itself from one computer to another, again all by itself. MacKeeper does neither of these things.
MacKeeper is not a virus, and calling it that only creates confusion and harms your own credibility.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 12:26 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
OK....I believe I have removed MacKeeper but Aperture is still opened but in a "stalled" state after extended "sleep' periods. It does wakes up much faster. I see the thread is heading into another direction so any thoughts on why Aperture is activted.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to bostonvaughn)
Well, unfortunately, I can't help with the Aperture issue. I do use Aperture, but would not consider myself an Aperture expert. I can say that I've never observed the behavior you describe, though.
You may have more luck posting in the Aperture forum on this site, which is where all the Aperture experts hang out.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to thomas_r.)
computer virus (a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer)
That right there is the princeton.edu definition of a computer virus. MacKeeper reproduces itself and causes harm to the computer (personal experience), therefore according to Princeton definition of a computer virus, MacKeeper is a virus. You're one to talk about bad credibility with your arrogance.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 4:29 PM (in response to aditya831)
MacKeeper reproduces itself
Where did you get that idea? It certainly does NOT reproduce and spread itself like a virus.