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.
|Type||Ad-supported program for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Claims to optimize and speed up your Mac’s performance, but is often reported to be Mac-related.|
|Symptoms||It’s presence may be accompanied by aggressive advertising on your Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling, downloading the program from it’s website or via a redirec.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join 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 (https://mackeeper.com/). These redirects are app7.kromtech.net and app6.kromtech.net. Upon opening the Safari browser and then attempting to open another webpage, automatically a browser tab would open showing https://app4.kromtech.net/landings. 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:
- 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.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall MacKeeper and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MacKeeper via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove MacKeeper – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove MacKeeper files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MacKeeper, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.