MacKeeper Pop-ups Adware – How to Remove It (Instructions for Mac)

MacKeeper Pop-ups Adware – How to Remove It (Instructions for Mac)

This article has been made in order to help explain what exactly is MacKeeper and how you can remove it from your Mac and stop pop-ups and other advertisements on it.

A new ad-supported program, called MacKeeper has been detected by security researchers to display various types of pop-ups, which are not malicious, but could lead to suspicious sites and may definitely be irritating. The program itself claims to optimize and improve the performance of your Mac, but the bad news is that it may also come standard with ads, because of users reporting a lot of advertisements to domains that contain MacKeeper in their name. If you see various types of MacKeeper advertisements on your Mac, read this article to learn how you can prevent them from appearing again.

Threat Summary

TypeAd-supported program for Mac OS
Short DescriptionClaims to optimize and speed up your Mac’s performance, but is often reported to be Mac-related.
SymptomsIt’s presence may be accompanied by aggressive advertising on your Mac.
Distribution MethodVia bundling, downloading the program from it’s website or via a redirec.
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss MacKeeper.

MacKeeper Adware – Update July 2019

Mac users have been complaining about a couple of persistent browser redirects that take them to MacKeeper’s official page ( These redirects are and Upon opening the Safari browser and then attempting to open another webpage, automatically a browser tab would open showing The redirect would automatically open MacKeeper.

MacKeeper Adware – How Did I Get It

The program MacKeeper is officially launched in 2010 by ZeoBIT, LLC. Two years later, the program was sold to Kromtech Alliance Crop. The ZeoBIT company has previously used a lot of aggressive marketing activities to promote it’s program, like redirects which prompt users to download the product, claiming that the victims’ Macs are full of junk, like the pop-up underneath:

The new owner of the program may have stpped some of those campaigns, but this does not mean that while browsing the web, you won’t encounter some of the old pop-ups, advertising the product.

MacKeeper – More Information

The latest version of MacKeeper has received less negative feedback, which means that the program has less annoying ads, unlike the previous version, which was related to multiple types of advertisements, like:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirects.
  • Online search results, that are ad-supported.

Furthermore, the MacKeeper program was also encountered in relation to other forms of advertisements, that in the past claimed that “Your Mac Is Infected”. These types of messages often appear in approximate looks, like the image below shows:

And while MacKeeper may or may not be a safe program, you should be advised that those web pages showing these redirects are definitely not. They may employ different types of cookies, pixels, tags, geo-locations and other trackign technologies to collect data from your Mac. This is why we strongly suggest to immediately change all your passwords and consider removing MacKeeper from your Mac if you continue to see ads popping up on it.

Remove MacKeeper Ads from Your Mac

If you do not want to see anymore MacKeeper ads on your Mac, we suggest that you try and use the removal instructions underneath. They have been created in order to show you ways via which you can try and locate the program causing those ads and then delete it. If the ads continue to appear however, we would suggest trying out an advanced cleaner for Mac, which will scan thoroughly for programs that cause such redirects and other forms of ads on your Mac and eliminate them for good.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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