Well I know that I am not mixing MacKeeper up with the MacDefender Trojan.
I friend whose Mac I help take care of when it has problems called me over because his MBP had suddenly slowed down. After looking at it for a moment I could see where the various bits and pieces of MacKeeper were eating his MBP alive. In fact with him doing nothing at all the computer had heated up to the point where the fans had started to rev up.
I removed MacKeeper and all of his performance problems were gone.
I taught him how to do what he needed to do with other utilties and he has not had any problems since.
So much for your legit app.
I have had MacKeeper installed for several months and had no problems at all. Like most such programs, you can allow it to run in the background or NOT. I don't. I use it only when and if I want to do something it does. If allowed to run in the background, I can see how it would use a lot of the processor's resources. With background running turned off it uses none and causes no problems.
None of this is unique to MacKeeper. In fact, I got it because another anti-virus program I had was harder to turn off and stop from running in the background and, when it did, slowed my computer to a crawl. My guess is the "other utilities" you got your friend to use could be run in background mode also and would cause similar problems--the act of running in background necessarily uses system resources.
I really think I detect some people here who have a bee in their bonnets over MacKeeper for some reason that is utterly inexplicable to this user who has no financial connection to the sellers of Mac Keeper or any of its competitors (I'm not even in the IT business). My only guess is the name similarity to the malware and the slightly objectionable mode of advertising MacKeeper has chosen to do (yeah, their come on that there's something wrong with your computer that means you NEED MacKeeper is a mistake).
As for cache's, sometimes they certainly do speed up the machine. That's why they exist. But sometimes they are either troublesome in that they prevent reloading pages you want to reload often in order to get real-time info and/or they can simply become stuffed with old, useless information and it's helpful to empty them and start over. You don't really need MacKeeper to do this, of course, but it helps remind you to do it and/or automates the process.
ChileEater wrote: I really think I detect some people here who have a bee in their bonnets over MacKeeper for some reason that is utterly inexplicable to this user who has no financial connection to the sellers of Mac Keeper or any of its competitors (I'm not even in the IT business).
If that is the case and if you have read all the posts here and in various other threads (search using "MacKeeper site:discussions.apple.com") then you are willfully ignorant.
Would you also attempt to cross a six lane highway in the middle of the day with your eyes closed? You might get lucky or you might not. As for having no connection to MacKeeper (financial or otherwise), we have no way of verifying that. Just because you say that doesn't mean it's true.
Giving you the benefit of the doubt, perhaps you have been one of the lucky ones using this program.
Some of the unlucky:
If you (or someone using your computer) so much as clicks on an offer for MacKeeper, you are entering the gates of computer ****. "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" or "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
After the offer was clicked on, (MacKeeper was never purchased or activated) my laptop (only 6 months old) began running slower and slower, and hotter and hotter. Safari started crashing and then Firefox was not responding. And then funny things began happening to my OS. Went to an Authorized Mac Service provider and *they* were not able to trash the program, because it infiltrates and imbeds itself in so many places. They called MacKeeper malware.
I've spent two days trying to find out how to remove it and get things back to a pre-MacKeeper state. Reinstalled my OS and all of the software updates and finally, after a search and destroy mission for anything with derivatives of com.zeobit.MacKeeper, I am back to a faster and cooler running computer.
Burn in Dante's Inferno forever MacKeeper!
6VWmaclover, so why didn't you apply to their support? MacKeeper provides 24/7 support via e-mail, life-chat and phone, so in case you've faced any kind of problems,connected with MacKeepe or not, you should've asked MacKeeper to help you.
And would you please tell where exactly did you go to? What Authorized Mac Service? Cause it's really nonsense! MacKeeper's lightened version is in the Mac App Store, the app itself was checked by Apple so it's rather strange to receive such a feedback from official provider as they Should Know such facts.
As for removing the app, it's enough to drag&drop it to the trash. No need to reinstall OS, no need to use any other apps as MacKeeper has its uninstaller.
Will you STOP with this b*** already!!! Thats what i did for NINE times!! Al you people could come up with was delete it, install it again!! Nothing worked. Then you promissed a refund!! Only you never payed up!!
You people are so full of it!! You sell a program that´s worse then a virus. At the end i had to delete and format my harddisk to get rid your virus program!!
I downloaded mackeeper (never ran it) and had a few problems. not that it couldn't have been something else but, when I deleted it everything seemed to be normal UNTIL.......... I tried to use one of my email accounts. I got to my mail box page and opened a few, then it would hesitate opening them and then quit all together. I loged off and tried to reopen with no luck.......restart the computer......no luck. I went to the provider and they suggested deleting cookies among other things.I almost hit the delete all cookies button but decided to scroll thru them. I saw one from ZEROBIT so I deleted only that cookie and low and behold my mail works just fine. so this product gets two thumbs down from me and if apple is allowing this from their download page they get at least one thumb down
Glad you are having fun out here.
Don't asked me why I did it --- curiosity got the best of me with MacKeeper banner ads everywhere on legit websites. Downloaded it and dragged the app and opened it. Didn't like what I saw, then decided to bail. No uninstall apparent in the download.
Googled "uninstall MacKeeper" and download an uininstalled from Microlink FixKB.
Seemed to do the job. Can't find "MacKeeper" anythings anywhere via spotlight and finder window search.
Is there something hiding I should look for?