What is MacKeeper

MacKeeper by Kromtech is one of the most wide-spread and controversial optimisation and security applications for Mac OS. Currently it is considered legitimate and practicable program for performing Mac OS maintenance. However, due to questionable methods of distribution and obsessive behaviour when installed on Mac machines, it is determined by some reputable antivirus products as potentially unwanted application (PUA) or rogue program. For example, BitDefender Antivirus for Mac and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac detect and offer to remove MacKeeper on our test MacBook Pro. After installing MacKeeper starts showing alerts, reminders and warnings, claiming, that your Mac is “severely infected”, “has serious performance issues”, or “needs deep cleanup”. Annoying windows force some users to buy this application. The scale of the problems is exaggerated, MacKeeper is acting as “scareware”. Some users complain, that they can’t uninstall MacKeeper from Applications or it keeps coming back. This removal guide will assist you in eliminating MacKeeper and cleaning leftover files in Mac OS Mohave, High Sierra, Sierra and earlier versions of operating system.


How MacKeeper infected your Mac

MacKeeper is known for using very aggressive advertising techniques for distribution. In most cases this is unscrupulous affiliates and partners, who implement dishonest methods to get sales. MacKeeper is advertised via phishing pages in Safari (on the picture below), it is promoted via “bundled installers” along with programs like media players, archivers, fake Adobe updates. So in most cases, appearance of MacKeeper becomes a surprise for Mac users. Fortunately, we did some research and found out, that MacKeeper can be completely uninstalled manually or using great anti-malware utilities like Combo Cleaner.

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Download MacKeeper Removal Tool for Mac

Download Combo Cleaner

To remove MacKeeper completely we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of MacKeeper and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from Safari browser. Trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE. By clicking the above button, you agree to RCS LT, UAB EULA and Privacy Policy. Download will start automatically.

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

As an alternative for MacKeeper removal, we recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac. As you can see on the pictures above, it can remove MacKeeper and leftover items of this application. Basic version of Malwarebytes offers virus scan and removal for FREE. Trial version provides 14-days full-functional access to all application features.

Remove MacKeeper manually for free

Note: MacKeeper sets up to start on Mac OS startup. Therefore, before starting removal, perform these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups.
  2. Choose your account (set up as Current User).
  3. Click Login Items tab.
  4. Find “MacKeeper” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: MacKeeper won’t quit just by closing it, therefor use Force Quit to end the process.

  1. Press 3 buttons at the same time: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape). This is similar to Control-Alt-Delete on a Windows PC.
  2. Choose MacKeeper in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

MacKeeper force quit

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full MacKeeper removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of MacKeeper installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove MacKeeper from Applications

Remove MacKeeper from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. MacKeeper might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall MacKeeper or MacKeeper Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag MacKeeper from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall MacKeeper

If you can’t uninstall MacKeeper using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of MacKeeper. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag MacKeeper from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with MacKeeper.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove following files and folders of MacKeeper

~/Library/Application Support/MacKeeper/

Download AdGuard for Mac to block malicious pop-ups, that promote MacKeeper

AdGuard is the best ad-blocker, internet filtering and internet security application for MacOS. It can cut out unwanted banners from site pages, block pop-ups, stop redirects and prevent users from visiting potentially dangerous resources. Use it to stop ads promoting MacKeeper in browsers.

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How to protect Mac OSX from adware like MacKeeper

bitdefender for mac Mac OSX is known to be one of the safest operating systems, and for a long time there was no need in antivirus products for Mac. But with growing popularity of Mac computers and notebooks and evolving technology, viruses, trojans, adware, toolbars, hijackers and other malware paved the way to Mac users. We recommend you to use most advanced antivirus for Mac available – BitDefender Antivirus.

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