is mackeeper a virus

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danb93, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. danb93 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012
    i am new to macs and have recently purchased a pro. when i go on the internet a mackeeper window always opens saying that i should download it as it will keep my mac safe. should i download it or is it a virus or trojan.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it's not a virus. No, you shouldn't download it. 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. Some 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. Some of these apps delete caches, which 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.

    Mac 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.

  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    the advertisements are nothing but scareware. I would never buy anything from a company that uses such shady marketing tactics.

    MacKeeper will not protect your mac; it's a waste of money, and hard to remove after you install.

    common sense is better for protecting yours system.

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