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Is MacKeeper for real?

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imacfromfountain hills Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 27, 2011 8:51 AM

Is this program beneficial or a scam?

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  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:11 AM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    There seems to be mixed opinions about it. Probably safest to avoid.

     

    If you want software to do disk/system maintenance, you might consider OnyX, which is available from http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php . I've used this for years, and can recommend it.

     

    If you want an anti-virus, use ClamXav from http://www.clamxav.com . Another program I've used for years and can recommend. I use it to scan incoming mail and downloads, with no issues.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:14 AM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    Only if you want problems should you even consider MacKeeper because that is all it is good for.

     

    Allan

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:14 PM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    imacfromfountain hills wrote:

     

    Is this program beneficial or a scam?

    Take a look at this article Beware MacKeeper and decide for yourself.  Also contains some free/low cost alternatives.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:23 PM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    Avoid it at all costs.

  • missbreck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:00 PM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    I saw this download and did the quick free trial and then saw that there was a highly discounted offer.  I called the number and talked to a man with an accent.  He was very convincing but then I asked him if he was in the US and he said no.  I asked where he was from and he said, Ukraine.  After instant disconnect I was wondering if I may have been talking to Peggy......

     

    This is a scam, Ukraine is famous for being the best at identity theft.  Apple should put a huge warning out there on these guys...

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:06 PM (in response to missbreck)

    How is Peggy doing?

     

    Now that you have me thinking about it, I wonder if that advertisement with Peggy was taken at MacKeeper's support office?

     

    Allan

  • Lizzy8811 Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:23 PM (in response to Allan Eckert)

    Oh man, too late I'm seeing this advice about avoiding MacKeeper. I downloaded it this morning, how do I delete the application from my hardware? Please help, I have no clue how to do it.

     

    THanks,

    Liz

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:50 PM (in response to Lizzy8811)

    Here is a site with direction on how to uninstall Mac Keeper.

     

    http://applehelpwriter.com/2011/09/21/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-malware/

     

    Be sure to heed the warning about not ising the uninstaller from ZeoBit. It will only make things worst on your Mac.

     

    Allan

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 3:13 PM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    There is a proven method for increasing your computers performance.

     

     

    1: Download the free MacTracker and find your machine, determine it's true RAM potential and maximize the RAM to what your budget will allow.

     

    2: If you have a hard drive and a blank external self powered (not BUS powered) HFS+ Journaled formatted drive (Disk Utility), download the free Carbon Copy Cloner and clone the internal to the external. Hold option key and boot from the external clone to check it out well before reverse cloning.

     

    Then erase the OS X internal partition (Disk Utility) in Lion (or optional whole drive in Snow Leopard) and reverse clone. (if you erase the whole drive on Lion, it deletes the Lion Recovery Partition as well, but doing so may actually result in the best performance, although a alternative fresh install method of Lion will be required one day, either by Lion USB or 10.6 MacAppStore  upgrade method. Clones must be maintained)

     

    Doing the clone, boot, reverse clone procedure defragments and optimizes the drive data according to the  alphabetical order of the items on the root directly, so Applications gets written to the fastest part of the drive first, the the others and finally Users (which changes more often) last where it can expand and contract into the more slower parts of a hard drive, the latter 50%. This also keep your drive optimized longer as User changes the most usually.

     

    3: Run ALL the of the free OnyX for OS X, cleaning and maintainence aspects and reboot (especially after a reverse clone)

     

    4: Uninstall any programs that slowing your machine down, if you can't simply reinstall OS X (without erasing the disk) over the installed version and then software updating. This will clear whatever out of OS X itself, still need to uninstall the applications and clear out the log in items.

     

    5: Finally create a new user and transfer the files via the Shared Drop Box, when up on the second user, delete the first.

     

    6: Accept your computer can only do what it can do or consider installing a 7,200 RPM hard drive or a SSD drive if it's not too expensive. Keep in mind, all parts of a computer must be fast, so a SSD alone doesn't always cut it as it just gets the data to the processors faster, if the processors are slow and the RAM isn't much, a inferior integrated Intel HD graphics, there really isn't much one can do and a expensive SSD might make little difference.

     

    7: If you have a hard drive, consider keeping it's storage capacity below 50% and not more that 75% filled.

  • Lizzy8811 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 3:13 PM (in response to Allan Eckert)

    I did what you suggested Allan, thanks for your help.

     

    Cheers.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 3:21 PM (in response to Lizzy8811)

    I think uninstalling per my directions here may be more comprehensive.

  • missbreck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 1:26 AM (in response to imacfromfountain hills)

    Well Allen I think Peggy is doing just fine with all the credit cards he is using in the great Ukraine. 

     

    Hope this gets shut down really quick...

     

    MB

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 4:08 AM (in response to missbreck)

    MacKeeper is running ads on the SpeedTest, hoping to catch all the Mac users testing their internet connection speed.

     

    It seems to me whoever is behind MacKeeper has a lot of money to infect a lot of Mac's.

     

     

    So far I've heard whining from a lot of folks in the Mac community, however I haven't seen anyone actually examine the code of MacKeeper yet.

     

    Any takers?

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 6:30 AM (in response to ds store)

    Who in their right mind would want to enter that cesspool anyway? The simpliest solution is to avoid it at all cost like the plague.

     

    Allan

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