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  • 15. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    Martin Williams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,

    i bought a macbook pro about a year ago now, id been using and building computers for quite a few years so knew a good amount about them, but when it came to the mac operating system my knowledge base was woefully inadequate, i was actually recommended mackeep by one of my friends whod had a mac for about 5 years. now at the time i trusted hat persons judgement and went on to download this program onto my brand new, shiny perfect and relatively empty macbook. id had this mac for 2 weeks and had just managed to download nearly 80 GB of music and just under 200 GB of film onto it, organised all the media files alphabetically and got my internet and system programs personalised just for me. then mac keeper coems along. apple had to take away my shiny new mac , thank god for applecare is all i can say haha. turns out that when i got it back 2 weeks later, they had had to put a whole new harddrive inside, there was a lovely sticky note on the top that read (in capitals), and i quote - "WHAT DID YOU DOWNLOAD!!".

     

    now after id calmed down about losing nearly 300 GB of data i had a little laugh about it, then it got my thinking, what did i download, and the only conclcusion that i came to was mackeeper must have had something to do with it, the only other things id downloaded were apple software and im pretty sure that they wont try and break their own hardware (not unless theres a new model on the way .)

     

    i now warn everyone to steer clear of mackeeper

     

    hope this has helped,

    martin

  • 16. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    Marykch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I JUST GOT THIS POP UP AND STUPIDLY CLICKED ON IT. I stopped it in the midle of downloading - realizing it was not sent from Apple.  I went to my downloads & found 2 mackeepers - threw them in the trash & emptied the trash.  Am I OK now??

  • 17. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    korkyk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    MacKeeper is a genuinely good program for lots of situations. It does have it's own anti-virus, along with several utilitities that allow the cleaning of the system safely. It's much like Onyx, except with more functionality and the capability for online chat to a reputable person that can help with particularly difficult situations.

     

    I've never had a problem with MacKeeper OR Onyx. The virus checker, like all virus checkers, does slow the system a little but not to any great extent as people might think.

     

    Most Mac slowness can be caused by a lot of conditions such as large log files, console logs, duplicate files and fonts, and other issues that MacKeeper and Onyx can fix readily.

  • 18. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    I think nearly everyone would disagree with you.  I'm just posting this as anyone glancing at your comment may feel that MacKeeper is actually a good product.  I'm not going to comment one way or the other as you seem to have your opinion on it.  I would just suggest that anyone that is considering installing it should read through this thread and browse the many other threads on this topic.

  • 19. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    korkyk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Joey,

     

    I believe that there is a lot of ignorance going around about this also. Whether people disagree or not, matters little. If you are so inclined to believe that the program is a virus, then so be it. It is not. The program has been highly ranked by MacWorld and other reputable publications, so it's an education thing I believe.

     

    There have been many instances (Google them) that some malware has infiltrated a system masquerading as MacKeeper. That's a time tested technique that, of course, plays again on the educated and ignorant.  People are always trying to get something for nothing. When they do, they fall into a susceptibilty that can lead to being taken in.

     

    All I am saying is that I've got over a a third of a century invested in systems, and no number of forums will ever take the place of experience.  MacKeeper, if purchased from Zeobit, is a solid program, not a virus, not malware. If you have issues with something masquerading as MacKeeper, then your warnings are certainly valid.

  • 20. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    Airborn1980 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    MacKeeper is a kind of cheating / virus which is only out to get money out of you and to get you to buy MacKeeper. MacKeeper claim that you have different issues that are critical.

     

    I have experienced MacKeeper claim implausible many viruses on my NEW Imac,1577 virus problems, to be precise, with red warning

     

    I have now bought another virus program F-Secure and it found no virus on my new IMac

     

    MacKeeper is a kind of cheating / virus which is only out to get money out of you and to get you to buy MacKeeper, MacKeeper claim that you have different issues that are critical.

     

    MacKeeper do not allow criticism on their Facebook page and your criticism will not be visible to others.

     

    I do not trust MacKeeper and I'm happy to delete MacKeeper

  • 21. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    Quentin Ulysse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    MacDefender is a trojan. NOT, strictly speaking, a virus. A virus is a type of malware that propagates by inserting a copy of itself into and becoming part of a program. It spreads from one computer to another, leaving infections.

    A trojan, however, is a harmful piece of software that seems legitimate and tricks the user into downloading a excecuting it. However, trojans can not infect other files; it has to be directly downloaded. (email attachment, for example)

  • 22. Re: Mackeeper a virus!
    dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)

    I agree with you JoeyR. MacKeeper is poison.

     

    Klaus has a great overview that everyone concerned might wish to read.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3691

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