MacKeeper

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  1. Jerry Hollands

    Jerry Hollands New Member

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    Can anyone please tell me if "MacKeeper 2012" is a legitimate and Apple-approved programme?

    I got it through a link on Speedtest.net that looked like it was a perfectly legit partner for that site.

    It seemed perfectly reasonable and genuine at the time and I very stupidly downloaded, opened and registered it. Only after that did I feel it was a bit suspect, so I checked it out and found all that trojan stuff from last year, with MacDefender and so on.

    I immediately cancelled my debit card and have trashed the programme, as advised on a very helpful website (www.reedcorner.net) and so far no ill-effects.

    Is there any need to be concerned?

    (using a MacBook Pro 8,2 Intel Core i7: new April 2011 ... Mac OS X v 10.6.8)
     
    Jerry Hollands, Mar 14, 2012
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    It isn't an Apple approved program at all but it has been advertised quite aggressively over the past 12 months.

    As for the need for concern, I can't really say other than you did the right thing in trashing the program. I wouldn't worry unless you see strange things occurring on your MacBook Pro.

    I found this thread about removing MacKeeper, over at the Apple Support Communities, just for cross-referencing purposes re: the uninstalling advice you have already followed from the link in your post.
     
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  3. Jerry Hollands

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry to start a thread, but newbie here, and to Macs, and haven't found anywhere else to ask.

    I know that Macs have a reputation for not needing anti-virus software, but to me, just because we are in the minority it doesn't mean there aren't ppl out there who won't start making life difficult for us.

    I love my Mac ;)
     
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    Welcome to Mac-Help Jerry :) Don't apologise for creating this thread because you have asked a pertinent question.

    At your link I found reference to two very good Mac Anti-Virus programs ClamXav & Sophos AV.

    There's no harm in installing either of them but for sure Mac's don't have any real threats I know of, there are some issues connected with porn sites conning users into downloading nasties but if you are smart you needn't worry.

    The only bit I'm unsure of is how much such an AV program might* slow down your Mac whilst constantly scanning for something that it may never find.
     
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    I've been using mackeeper for several months. and so far its been doing fine.i haven't encountered any problems regarding mackeeper.
     
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