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Hi have a 2010 mac mini 320gb and as i was surfing the web a website called mac keeper said my mac might be at risk. after seeing the website 10 times then i read what they had to say, it said that it would bring a boost to the mac by antivirus and my mac was very slow at that time so i just installed the app. do you think mac keeper is a good app? thanks in advance.

mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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Apple does NOT, repeat NOT, install Mac Keeper.


If it is there, you installed. It has a habit of getting installed without being obvious about it.


It is for that reason and the underhand way that it advertise plus the fact this is is a pig for resources and does absolutely nothing in return that I highly recommend its removal at every opportunity.


Allan

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May 31, 2011 10:09 AM in response to null In response to null

Lanelane, it's more than easy to uninstall MacKeeper - you should quit the app at first and then drag&drop it to the trash and it will disappear from your computer completely.It's a legit app and the reason you were unable to delete it was the fact you didn't quit it before uninstalling 🙂

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Mar 12, 2011 3:19 AM in response to redbird123 In response to redbird123

There are currently no known Viruses for mac. Unless you have noticed a significant decrease in speeds everything is most likely fine. Mac Keeper want you to buy their software, so of course they're going to say its slow. But how can they tell over the internet..?

I'd uninstall Mac Keeper, and check your pop-up settings in Safari. Consider using the Adblock extension too.

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Mar 12, 2011 10:08 AM in response to redbird123 In response to redbird123

Recommend you uninstall/trash it, as that ploy is just to get you to use their software. If you want an antivirus program, get ClamXAV from http://www.clamxav.com . I use it to scan email and downloads. If you're concerned your mini is running slowly, install OnyX and periodically run the tasks on the cleaning and maintenance menus. It at http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php

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Mar 12, 2011 1:40 PM in response to redbird123 In response to redbird123

MacKeeper does perform other important and useful functions. While it is true that there are no known virus's effecting OS X, there are known Malware (Trojans) just coming to light (see links below) and as Apples market share increases, so will the chances of malicious attacks. Better safe than sorry. So I would keep MacKeeper. Just turn off Real Time Protection and perform regular manual scans. FYI, I use the virus protection function of MacKeeper while browsing and do not have any performance issue's.

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2011/02/newmac_os_xba.html;jsessionid=WWL53NMHNWJ01QE1GHRSKH4ATMY32JVN

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/02/26/mac-os-x-backdoor-trojan-now-in-beta/

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Mar 12, 2011 5:36 PM in response to Star1 In response to Star1

please do NOT use any anti-virus software on your Mac → you don't need it.


Let's just look at a few reasons why you might want to use anti-virus software .... In no particular order .. you want to ensure you don't forward something with a Window's virus to your Windows friends; while there are no OS X virus's in the wild today, that's no guarantee for the future; and programs like ClamXAV can give warning to phishing emails before you open your mail.

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Mar 12, 2011 10:45 PM in response to Star1 In response to Star1

Ok Star1, lets keep or heads stuck in the sand. Here is an update an additional threat:
The author of BlackHole has now created a new Trojan, this time with versions for Mac OS X for Intel and for PowerPC machines. The alpha release includes an application the author calls Virus Configurator, which can take a snapshot of the victim’s screen, shut down the computer, display a message, ask for administrator username and password, execute commands, etc. There are configurators for Windows and OS X (on Intel).
This new Trojan could be more dangerous because the Mac client includes a hard-disk erase feature. It also might be able to upload a file to the victim’s machine, flood the disk with random files, etc.

I know it is a matter of pride in our Macs to say that we don't get virus', but it's time that we quit just arbitrarily assuming that because we haven't, does not mean we won't.

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Mar 14, 2011 6:53 PM in response to redbird123 In response to redbird123

Does every new Mac come with MacKeeper already installed on the hard drive?

Because I know I never downloaded or installed it onto my Macbook Air (which is just two months old), and yet there it is, sitting in my Applications folder. I never would have even known it existed if an update alert hadn't popped up.

As far as I can tell it's pretty benign, but if it was downloaded and installed without my permission, that is far from okay.

Does anyone know if the app comes preinstalled on the Macbook Air's hard drive?

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May 31, 2011 10:09 AM in response to null In response to null

Lanelane, it's more than easy to uninstall MacKeeper - you should quit the app at first and then drag&drop it to the trash and it will disappear from your computer completely.It's a legit app and the reason you were unable to delete it was the fact you didn't quit it before uninstalling 🙂

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Jun 2, 2011 8:42 AM in response to lippyloggy In response to lippyloggy

Apple does NOT, repeat NOT, install Mac Keeper.


If it is there, you installed. It has a habit of getting installed without being obvious about it.


It is for that reason and the underhand way that it advertise plus the fact this is is a pig for resources and does absolutely nothing in return that I highly recommend its removal at every opportunity.


Allan

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