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    Mac-keeper
    I had downloaded an app from the developer site this am and just noticed now that a pop up for Mac-keep popped up saying my system needed scanning.
    I quickly stopped it...I think
    then googled and read that it is a virus.
    so I dragged it from app folder
    and deleted the folder on MPB with mac keeper backups.

    am I safe..or should I be doing something else.

    I wonder how on earth this go installed on my laptop....when I was making sure to be on a developers site.

    tho I did use an on-line file merger and that could be it also.

    any comments?

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    What app did you download? MacKeeper use ads either within apps or on websites to scare you into buying their software. In a lot of cases, the app developers can't really be blamed for what ads are served since you usually don't have that much control over the ad network. So if you are using an app that is maintained by ad-generated revenues, it's totally random what ad you might get served.
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    I guess my question is...is Mac keeper a virus or not and do I need to be concerned.

    I do not buy anything apps on line unless I am sure I know where it originated.



    I download free-audio-editor but when it installed it turned out to be audacity which I already have.
    the online site I used was: merge mp3 which worked great...in my opinion,

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    It's not a virus. It won't do any harm if you don't run the application. Delete it, then see if you still get pop-ups. That's "adware" and can be addressed.

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    Mac Keeper, in itself, isn't a virus but is also not a very useful software. They claim to do things to keep you Mac clean and work faster, but in reality do nothing of value or do harm by "faking" it. You should definitely avoid it.
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    ...Ashwin


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    MacKeeper is malicious and there has been a class law suit against the company for the harm done by those who used it - nearly always by accident.

    To give you a flavour of the difficulties in removing this potentially damaging software, have a read at these:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7569806
    https://www.macworld.com/article/286...-your-mac.html
    https://www.lifewire.com/remove-mackeeper-4150011
    https://www.imore.com/removing-mackeeper-your-mac

    Good luck.

    Ian
    Ian

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    lori nevber download anything from CNET, Softonic or MacUpdate. They include these little nasties free of charge. Download from thew developer's web site.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    well goodmorning
    now I really have done it. I was unable to get onto any sites on MBP this am tho could do so on iPad and iPhone. so am guessing it could be this Mac-keeper issue.
    ian thanks for the links. had to login on my iPad as MBP was not connecting. I checked them all links and only the first one seemingly deals with getting rid of this Mac-keeper as others show how to uninstall it...but I had already trashed it right away.
    should have used app cleaner...too late now.

    harry...I do not download from cnet, softonic nor macupdate and try to really make sure I am downloading from developer site.

    I had few issues early April where I could not get any internet...ended up rebooting modem and that solved the issue. I then made a backup...wasnt I smart? lol lol lol

    so today after removing all my history from all browsers, restarting MBP and all other normal checks....I decided to see if rebooting modem would work before I delved into the tech instructions from first link Ian provided.
    that seemed to work just fine...I now have wifi connection to all my devices.

    tho I wonder if I should not still try to rid my MPB of any Mac-keeper lingering files.

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    I wonder how on earth this go installed on my laptop....when I was making sure to be on a developers site.

    JFYI: I ended up getting hit with mackeeper a year or so ago when visiting the open source developers site. I was really surprised and that is a big understatement.

    The uninstall instructions are easily found, and I also used my friend Find Any File.app (FAF):
    http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/index.php

    Basically using FAF, a search and destroy on any file/folder with the name containing: MacKeeper, Zeobit and/or Kromtech, the latest owner I believe.


    - Patrick
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    Last edited by pm-r; 04-17-2018 at 11:57 PM.

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    thanks for info on FAF...tho I just entered Mac-keeper in search bar after I had dragged app to trash (instead of using uninstall or AppCleaner) and one file popped up so I deleted it.
    would not just using the search bar be good enough?
    I don't get into these messes very often and don't think I need to purchase FAF right now anyway.

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    would not just using the search bar be good enough?

    I'm not understanding clearly exactly what you mean. Sorry.

    PS: Don't forget to try using FAF to search on the other name I suggested that could be associated with mackeeper.


    I don't get into these messes very often and don't think I need to purchase FAF right now anyway.
    It's basically like shareware and will just send a reminder once in a while so you can keep it and use when needed. If you use it a fair bit, then do the right thing.

    And my 2 bits worth says you'll use it.




    - Patrick
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    Last edited by pm-r; 04-18-2018 at 11:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori5060 View Post
    would not just using the search bar be good enough?
    It's probably enough. That doesn't mean you'll be able to find every file associated with the app. Spotlight (search bar) is notoriously lacking. But, getting rid of the app from the Applications folder is the essential thing to do.

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    There's also the "Easyfind.app" which is free and also a 64 bit app. I actually like the Easyfind.app better than Find Any File. Lori can try that app and continue to use it without worrying about shareware.

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    If I may: +1 for EasyFind. Vastly better than Spotlight. I do concede that there is a place for Find Any File, but it's for more specialised use.

    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    If I may: +1 for EasyFind. Vastly better than Spotlight. I do concede that there is a place for Find Any File, but it's for more specialised use.

    Ian

    Hmmm…??? That's odd Ian, as I would have thought that it was the other way around.

    But, definitely room and a need for both I'd say. But I prefer FAF as it's so much faster now for finding file/folder names IMHO.




    - Patrick
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