Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. Incredible, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    So, about a week or two ago, I thought my hard drive was dying cause my computer has been running slowly for the past couple of weeks/months.

    My friend told me about this program, called MacKeeper. That it's like an antivirus, and will delete unnecessary folders, and will tell you how your hard drive is behaving, and so on, and so forth.

    I just want to know if other members here use it also? Is it any good, and worth the money?

    Its costs $40 for 1 Mac, $60 for 2, and $80 for 5. Obviously, I'm just going to buy it for just my computer, so yeah.

    Does anyone have this? Is it worth the money?
  2. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Heck no. Don't use any of those programs that claim they will delete unnecessary folders for you. They all tend to delete too much which causes problems. Download Onyx if you think something is wrong with your HDD.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    There could be other ways to test. For example have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example

    No need for an AV software:
    I don't have it and reading some threads, it is not worth the money.

    Maybe also try Disk Utility and verify/repair permission and disk.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Surely you could just delete folders yourself if you wanted. Im a bit spectacle of anything which is going through my computer deleting stuff.
  5. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I don't recommend any of those "cleaning" programs. I've used Monolingual to remove unwanted languages and architectures, but even with that, I recommend caution. If you don't know what you're doing, you can end up creating more problems than you solve. One app in particular that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    In regards to the GGJstudios link about the Mac Virus/Malware stuff.

    When I went to system preferences, network, advanced, and DNS, the servers and search domains (charter) were grayed out, preventing me from making any changes.

    He posted a link to a site, but I think that site is for PC, because I can't find a system, or systemconfiguration anywhere on my iMac.


    Edit: Also, I'm noticing that in the examples, the DNS servers are and, where as mine is just xx.x.x.x. (the x's are replacing the digits).

    So, is something wrong with my DNS server? It's only 5 digits, compared to the 11 digit examples given in the links that you provided.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    Don't delete files unless you know what they are. Most of these programs are programed to restore your mac to a standard state and don't recognize all 3rd party software. So it may say well I don't know what pro tools is or the extensions that relate to that so, there junk delete them they do not belong. And it will ask you stuff like do you want to " delete file qx34.lib"? So you say yes or yes to all. Then............... why wont my my Captain Cactus game load? It launches and always says missing file " qx34.lib" Captain Cactus will now quit.:mad:

    However there are several professional clean up programs that you may purchase that usually run $100.00 and up, but you still should know what you're deleting.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    If they are the ones that were provided by your router you can just press the [+] button at the bottom and enter a new DNS server and it will get rid of the default.

    The IP address(s) for the DNS server and other things will be made up of 4 decimal numbers, so if ours is currently something like then it's fine, as would say The first example is made up of 10, 0, 1 and 1, where the second example is made up of 208, 67, 222 and 222. The decimal numbers can range from 0 to 255.
  9. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you first click the padlock and enter your admin password, as indicated in steps 1 and 2?
    If you notice, the site is "Mac OS X Hints" and that article says 10.5 and references AppleCare. It's clearly written for Mac OS X, not for Windows. The file path is specified in that article:
    When you get to IPConfiguration.bundle, right-click it and select "Show Package Contents" to see the rest of the path.
    All DNS servers are specified by 4 groups of numbers, separated by decimal points. Each number can be 1, 2 or 3 digits, ranging from 0 to 255.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Also known as an IP Address.
  11. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2011
    You do not need those types off products they do more harm than good....

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