Mackeeper, does it work?

LeandrodaFL

macrumors 6502a
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Apr 6, 2011
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My sytem has become slow over time. Im thinking of making a clean install, but Im lazy.

I hear of this program mackeeper that was suposed tomake macs faster "magically". Is this crap app to get fools, or does it acutally make any change?
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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My sytem has become slow over time.
If you're having performance issues, this may help:
I hear of this program mackeeper that was suposed tomake macs faster "magically". Is this crap app to get fools, or does it acutally make any change?
Yes, it's crap. 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.

 

fixmymac

macrumors regular
Avoid it!

I run a small Mac repair business in Scotland. Lots of people get in touch about their Mac feeling slow and tired. Many of them have been spammed by the MacKeeper ads through various websites and such. SOme of them make the mistake of installing it!

In my experience, this software does absolutely nothing to improve the performance. I often find that it has numerous stray processes running and produces copious pages of errors in the log files.

The best solution to a poorly performing Mac, especially one that is 4 or more years old, is to replace the hard drive, max out the RAM and install a clean copy of OS X. I call it the 'All Or Nothing' approach. EVen a clean install on the existing hard drive, along with MAX RAM will produce results.

Every customer that goes for this option will report back within a few days that their Mac feels like new again.

If anything MacKeeper does made a difference to performance, i am quite sure that Apple would incorporate these tasks into OS X.