“Is MacKeeper a malware? Should I install MacKeeper?” are the two common questions asked on the Apple support community. Most Mac users are confused about using the third-party software claimed to be potentially dangerous to their computer. The annoying MacKeeper browser pop-ups make users question the necessity of installing the app. The application seems to be quite expensive as for the scope of features it offers. What’s even more disappointing – sometimes the app installs itself without a user’s consent and turns out quite difficult to remove.
Different websites describe MacKeeper as malware which is highly dangerous to the operating system. Advertised by Zeobit (MacKeeper’s development company) as a useful app, in reality, it is perceived by many users as a rip-off. In case you come across any positive reviews of MacKeeper, the chances are rather high they have been paid for by Zeobit.
How to Prepare Your Mac for MacKeeper Uninstallation?
If you have fallen for the MacKeeper and did install this application, you might be interested in finding ways to remove it. Mac users have reported receiving the following message from console: “This service is defined to be constantly running and is inherently inefficient.” To uninstall MacKeeper malware, do the following:
- Before running the uninstallation procedure, you need to prepare your Mac. First of all, unencrypt your Apple device in the event you have used MacKeeper’s encryption functionality. Also, check the /Documents/MacKeeper Backups for any of your files.
- Next, in case you have disks plugged into your Mac, unplug them before starting the uninstallation process.
- Empty the Trash before you proceed to app removal.
How to fully Uninstall MacKeeper?
To uninstall MacKeeper, you can either use a third-party application with app removal functionality. Or, you can get rid of MacKeeper manually. If you select the ‘manual’ option, here’s what to do:
- Quit MacKeeper if it’s running. Next, in the Finder sidebar, select the hard disk icon. Navigate to Library → Application Support → MacKeeper and drag the app folder to the Trash.
- While in the Library folder, go to the LaunchDaemons subfolder and remove the files named ‘com.zeobit.MacKeeper.AntiVirus’ and ‘com.zeobit.MacKeeper.plugin.AntiTheft.daemon’
- Using the Go to… the menu, locate and remove the files having ‘zeobit,’ ‘MacKeeper,’ ‘911’ or ‘911bundle’ in their names. Also, access the Preferences subfolder for the file .3FAD0F65-FC6E-4889-B975-B96CBF807B78 and remove it.
Note: removing this file and revealing the invisible MacKeeper related files, will require using the Terminal app.
- Navigate to Applications → Utilities → Keychain Access.app and double-click on it. Click on the padlock in the bottom-left corner of the window, and authenticate as an administrator. Check all the items on the Keychains list (Login, System, Root) and All items in the Category Find anything containing the words ‘MacKeeper’ or ‘zeobit,’ and choose Edit → Delete from the menu.
- Quit all MacKeeper related processes in the Activity Monitor utility (Applications → Utilities → Activity Monitor.app).
- Remove MacKeeper from the Applications folder using the Command-Delete keys
- Empty the Trash.
- In the Apple menu, go to System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items to remove MacKeeper from the boot-up list.
- Finally, reboot your Mac.
Note: In case the MacKeeper pop-up still appears while using Safari, clear up the browsing history by choosing Safari → Reset Safari in the main browser menu.