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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by anniedax, May 2, 2014.
Mac Keeper found this ...
I quarantined it and deleted it ..... what is it ????
What you need to quarantine and delete is MacKeeper itself. It has a poor reputation and is, at best, useless software and at worst, could cause more problems than it claims to solve.
You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process. These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt. Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention. Five Mac maintenance myths
Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
Your Mac is not 100% secure, so be sensible what you allow to be installed or what websites you visit.
No amount of steps or guides can protect you completely.
Use Carbon Copy Cloner and if anything suspicious has happened, restore the clean backup image.
I have never used Mac Keeper, and wouldn't bother with it, it's too controversial for me to use. I just use Onyx for any cleaning.