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Question: what is mac keeper and do i need it

My grand children have been playing on my laptop and suddenly mac keeper asks questions on cleaning up my laptop.

Do I need this program - should i use it or send it to trash?

TIA

Barbara

iMac (20-inch Early 2008), Windows XP Pro

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Apr 21, 2018 11:12 AM in response to BAS23 In response to BAS23

MacKeeper has a HORRIBLE reputation. You definitely do not need it but you also may have difficulty getting rid of it. If you have trouble getting ride of it, the following will remove it and has an excellent reputation: Free Cyber Security & Anti-Malware Software | Malwarebytes

Apr 21, 2018 11:12 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 2:06 PM in response to BAS23 In response to BAS23

MacKeeper is considered malware by experienced users. Mac OS was designed from it's very beginnings to be extremely secure, if simply kept up-to-date it will remain so. Mac OS does NOT benefit from any antivirus, cleaning, or any other third "maintenance" app. If you have any of the above installed, please locate the developers instructions to uninstall and follow them.

Apr 21, 2018 2:06 PM

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Apr 21, 2018 3:25 PM in response to BAS23 In response to BAS23

Do not install MacKeeper (and how to uninstall it if you have):

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-6221


How to uninsrall it:


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


It contains a major security flaw, recently noted:


http://www.macnn.com/articles/15/05/08/contentious.utility.ignored.apple.guideli nes.created.zero.day.exploit.128538/


There is currently a class-action against MacKeeper:


http://www.macworld.com/article/2927032/ads-for-mackeeper-refunds-will-run-on-fa cebook.html#tk.nl_mwbest


(Please note that references to the original developers, Zeobit, also now refer to Kromtech Alliance Corp, who acquired MacKeeper and PCKeeper from ZeoBit LLC in early 2013.) And in that context the foregoing also applies to their latest offerings,Advnced MacKeeper, AdwareBuster and AdvancedMacCleaner ,which were quickly found to not identify much of the adware around.

Apr 21, 2018 3:25 PM

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