6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2012 10:03 AM by cdh0127
cdh0127 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello! I've been informed that "MacKeeper" is actually a scam and has malware embeded in the software, by an SysAdmin (a friend of mine).

And thinking about it, It does seem like me RAM is dissapearing, dropping to 10MB free with running just some browsers and maybe Minecraft. Nothing very resource-demanding like Final Cut. Does anyone know is MacKeeper is causing this or is it something else?

I just want to best for my Macbook Pro (late 2011, 4GB of RAM) possible.




MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • victoryhat Level 3 Level 3 (665 points)

    I don't know about mackeeper, but I need an antivirus program installed on my laptop so I can access my college's wifi; I use sophos, and have never had any problems.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (94,020 points)

    Get rid of it now:


    http://applehelpwriter.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-malwa re/


    It will do nothing but hose your system.

  • cdh0127 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, In the process of removing it now!

  • MacDrFresh Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    I also fell for the MacKeeper scam.  The fact that it is off of a website and not from the app store really made it sketchy to me.  I deleted it as soon as I opened it because it said I had over 100,000 system problems and the only way I could fix it was by buying the premium software.  If I were you I would delete it and browse the app store for an antivirus.  I have 2 antivirus programs that work amazingly.  "iantivirus" and "virusbarrier express".  You can also speed up your system with programs like "Ccleaner" and "Disk Doctor". Those programs delete all the temporary files and uneeded stuff that is hogging up space on your drive.  They are also available in the app store.  Hope this helped!


  • cdh0127 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Uh oh..While removing it, I am prompted to uninstall it using MacKeepers uninstaller...I have and am using AppCleaner to remove it, but I cannot close this window...

  • cdh0127 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, I restarted my computer to get rid of the window, because I read that using their uninstaller would make matters WORSE. So I did that, then I continued deleting everything and following those steps. & steps from another post on the Apple community forums. I now beleive that MacKeeper is completely removed from my system.

    Thank you all so much.