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I always thought anti viral products were not required with Apple computers.  However, I recently installed MacKeeper thinking it was a Mac product. I now think this was an error on my part.  The software seems to have slowed down my system. 

 

Please could someone advise me if my asessment is correct and how I might safely remove this software from my computers?  Thanks


Mac Pro, iOS 5.1.1, Also have Apple MacBook Air
Solved by Klaus1 on May 15, 2012 3:05 AM Solved

MacKeeper, being poorly written, acts like highly invasive malware* that can de-stablize your operating system. It is also unethically marketed and a rip-off, offering nothing that is not available for free.. Positive reviews of it are known to have been paid for by the developers, Zeobit.

 

Further opinion on it and how to uninstall MacKeeper malware:

 

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

 

Do NOT download or use the ‘MacKeeper uninstaller’ from the Zeobit site, as this will cause even more damage to your operating system.

 

This is also worth reading:

 

http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=245

 

Equally phoney is iAntivirus:

 

http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/?p=341

 

* The expression ‘malware’ is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software.

Reply by Chamar on May 15, 2012 1:10 AM Helpful

Countless threads on this topic.  Try looking at the More Like This section to the right of your post.

 

As you correctly surmise MacKeeper has nothing to do with Apple and is considered by many to be malware which will adversely affect your Mac.

 

Look here for more details.

Reply by KCrow11 on Dec 10, 2012 4:18 AM Helpful

I have used MacKeeper for the last 3, maybe 4 years with all my Macs, and can truley say that it has worked fantastically and really helped to keep my Mac's (I own six Mac's, 4 PC's, and 2 Linux machines) clean. I do not use their antivirus software just the cleaning portion. Recently, I started to read these negative articles here on the Apple Forums stating that MacKeeper is Malware and a Virus so I decided to do more research and find out how quickly I needed to remove this program from my Mac. I stumbled upon this fairly current article (published a few months ago, this year) by Cult of Mac a reputable and highly recognized source in the Mac Community, "Is MacKeeper Really a Scam?"  I do not aim to use Apple forums to promote my opinions so I will simply say, read this article for yourself if in doubt and you will see what MacKeeper really is. 

 

I consider my computer knowledge to be semi-advanced as I have coded and built several web pages, built hundreds of PC's, setup several large scale Fibre, Cat5, and Cat6 Networks, and several small office networks (100 or less computers connected) over the past 20 years. I do not do any of this professionally as I work in the Alochol Sales Industry (Adult Beverages) specifically Wine and Liquor. So, needless to say, I am just a regular dude with an MBA who likes to read educated information and feels that everyone else should only be reading educated information. I hope the article I have linked above helps at least one person to form an educated opinion as to the validity of MacKeeper and ZeoBit LLC.

 

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