14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2014 11:22 AM by Domina1010
erickfromcastro valley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

im sorry if i posted this in the wrong section but i couldnt find it anywhere else.So my question is is mackeeper legitimate i currently and useing norton and that fufills my needs but mackeeper seems to be more mac based (hence the name) and it has specific abilities that norton doesnt have which would be very useful to me.If mackeeper is legitimate do any of you have it? and how does it work is it a monthly payement a 1 time payement and its yours?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: is mackeeper legit
    jji7skyline Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    It is supposed to be legitimate but stick with Norton. I wouldn't be suprised if Mackeeper is the successor to Macdefender!

  • 2. Re: is mackeeper legit
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    If you will do a search for it here in the community, you will find that it is best ignored. I would not let it near my machines:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/desktop_computers/search.jspa?peopleEnab led=true&userID=&containerType=&container=&spotlight=true&q=mackeeper

     

    FWIW, Norton's is second on my list of things to avoid - what needs does it fulfill for you?

  • 3. Re: is mackeeper legit
    jji7skyline Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sorry, but I have never had any troubles with Norton up my sleeve. Some people do avoid it like te plague, preferring *cough*windows defender*cough* but I see no base to this claim

  • 4. Re: is mackeeper legit
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    I have absolutely no AV software on my Macs. I don't run Windows. If there is ever a virus for Macs, I will reconsider; until then, I see no need for it.

  • 5. Re: is mackeeper legit
    erickfromcastro valley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    my needs are basic running a daily virus scan haveing firewalla normal stuff like that but i want something that will clear all of my useless files stuff that might be hidden that is just clogging up my mac. i wouldnt have a AV at all but i play alot of online games and my WOW acc got hacked and for some reasone someone convinced be it was a keylogger and that i should get a AV and scince norton is free with comcast i just downloaded it really quickly to run scans

  • 6. Re: is mackeeper legit
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    As long as it doesn't cause any problems, it should be fine. You do know that Macs have a built in firewall? And, if you have a wireless router, they have firewalls as well. You might find this interesting:

     

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/

     

    And, Mas OS does a good job in cleaning up after itself; maintenance scripts are run in the middle of the night (if the Mac is on) or after it wakes up. And the system defrags files up to 20 MB on the fly.

  • 7. Re: is mackeeper legit
    jji7skyline Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Very interesting! And yes viruses are very unlikely but why not have AV installed anyway?

  • 8. Re: is mackeeper legit
    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    Because it is an unnecessary and a waste of money.  If you are that set on a/v software, all you need is ClamXav, which is free from the app store.

  • 9. Re: is mackeeper legit
    jji7skyline Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    And Clamxav is the one I use

  • 10. Re: is mackeeper legit
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    The best AV protection lies between a user's ears: do not download anything unless you know what it is and only from reputable sites (i.e. directly from the developer); torrents are not reputable - a lot of them include "additions" in the illegal software they make available.

  • 11. Re: is mackeeper legit
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)

    MacKeeper is highly invasive malware that can de-stablize your operating system. It is also a rip-off.

     

    How to uninstall MacKeeper malware:

     

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

     

     

    Norton Antivirus has a very long and illustrious reputation for mangling Mac OS X systems, sometimes to the point where a complete reinstall is necessary. Among other things, it installs kernel extensions which are known to cause kernel panics and system freezes; it contains known and documented bugs which can silently corrupt Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign files, destroy a user's ability to authenticate as an administrator, and (on PPC systems) can cause Classic to stop functioning; and Symantec has on at least two occasions now released flawed .dat file updates which erroneously report certain critical Mac OS X files as "viruses." (Deleting these "viruses" causes damage to the system that in some cases renders it unbootable.)

     

    You may find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2435


  • 12. Re: is mackeeper legit
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    jji7skyline wrote:

    . . .

    why not have AV installed anyway?

    In addition to being unnecessary and a waste of money, as shldr2thewheel posts, many (especially the expensive ones) can busy your CPU needlessly, and/or interfere with Time Machine backups.

     

    Several very knowledgable folks recommend the free ClamXav as the least obtrusive, and as effective as the expensive ones, for those who think they really need something.

  • 13. Re: is mackeeper legit
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    erickfromcastro valley wrote:

     

    i wouldnt have a AV at all but i play alot of online games and my WOW acc got hacked and for some reasone someone convinced be it was a keylogger and that i should get a AV and scince norton is free with comcast i just downloaded it really quickly to run scans

    Since most keyloggers are legitamate software they are usually considered to be Potentially Unwanted Applictations (PUA), so most AV software doesn't look for them. I don't know how Norton treats them, but there was a time when MacScan first started up to fill that gap and that would seem to still be their specialty.

    is mackeeper legitimate i currently and useing norton and that fufills my needs but mackeeper seems to be more mac based (hence the name)

    MacKeeper was derived from PCKeeper and for several months was actually using the PC version of their AV module to provide such support. See Beware MacKeeper for why you should not use it and alternative free / low cost software.

  • 14. Re: is mackeeper legit
    Domina1010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wasn't sure about MacKeeper, it popped up on my screen, after reading the information everyone has provided, I won't be installing this. 

    thanks for bringing the topic up!