Stay away from All2MP3 - comes bundled with MacKeeper

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kylera, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    All2MP3 was my go-to for converting most audio files to MP3. Was.

    In the past, when I downloaded it, it was just an app in a DMG file. This time, it's in a DMG file that also bundles MacKeeper and some survey nonsense.

    Stay away.
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    Where did you download it from? Did you download it directly from the manufacturer: or from a third party software supplier, like CNET? Things like MacKeeper are often added by third party software suppliers but not usually by the manufacturer.
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    The download from that website does seem suspicious at first glance. It is a custom downloader/installer with lots of scrambled JavaScript. A couple of relevant search results as well.
  4. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    I rather use established and well known companies to convert any media into any output media, and nothing like any2mp3 things that are made for one reason: advertising income.
  5. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    All2MP3 was a legitimate piece of software. Not well-established, but one of those freeware obscure apps.
  6. Mr. 123, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018

    Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    I download this today. I accidentally installed Mackeeper, Chromium and Yahoo Search... I uninstaller everything and am going to get these kinds of Apps from the App Store in the future.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 5, 2018 ---
    I ran Malwarebytes Anti Malware app and it found 4 bad files (they were launch agents). I removed the files from using the Malwarebytes app and then used an uninstall software to delete Mackeeper and the other things that had been installer by All2MP3.

    I don't know if these 4 bad files came from All2MP3 or if they were on my computer before that but I was wondering, am I safe now? I am getting a new computer soon and want to manually transfer my files from my current computer to the new one. Would I bring over any bad files and malware by bringing over say my iTunes library, photos, documents and a few apps etc? Malwarebytes now says the system is clean btw.

    I also use Time Machine so I guess, if these 4 files didn't come from all2mp3, the bad files should be on the time machine backup as well right?

    Any help would be appreciated! I've never dealt with anything like this so I don't really know how this works.
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    More importantly, stay clear of MacKeeper.

  8. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    Yes! I managed to uninstall it completely.

    Still unsure wether to just trust that the system is fine (malware bytes says it is).
  9. smirking, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018

    smirking macrumors 65816


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I was going to suggest that you try also running Adware Medic, but then I went to its website and it said that it's now MalwareBytes for Mac. I accidentally installed some Adware once and Adware Medic was what I used.

    You could also try running ClamXAV if you want a second opinion.

    In my case, I was trying to download something else, but there was a display ad next to the download button that was masquerading as the actual download button. I clicked the fake download button... and guess what? It appears like the fake download button trick is alive and well because one of the banner ads I'm seeing with this thread is for a software install. If it were on a different page, it would be real easy to get it confused with the actual download button.

  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    All2MP3 remains a very good utility app.


    For some reason that is theirs alone, the software developers for All2MP3 have chosen to "package it" into some kind of "dmg-based installer" that will install not only the All2MP3 utility, but a bunch of other garbage as well -- adware, malware, etc.

    I found that the website from which this is downloading is

    Again, DO NOT download All2MP3 from this site.

    Alternative way to get All2MP3:
    If you download ALL2MP3 from Tucows, however, all you get is the "ALL2MP3" app itself, and NONE of the MacKeeper garbage. The URL I verified this with a few minutes ago is:
    This downloads a ".zip" file, which when un-archived, yields only the All2MP3 app itself, ready-to-use.
  11. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    I still use the 2010 version of all2MP3. I managed to remove Mackeeper and the other crap that was installed so I won't risk downloading the new version though I'm sure it's safe.
  12. DavoteK macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2012
    Nice one, was trying to find a version that doesn't come with all the baggage the installer brings. Thanks.
  13. watakoola, Sep 9, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2018

    watakoola macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2010
    Ugh. Just tried to update my ancient All2MP3 and was suspicious of all the crap included. Just as I was about to click 'install' good ol' ClamXAV chimed in with:
    File Name: All2MP3.pkg
    Infection Name: Trojan.OSX.OpinionSpy

    So, straight to the trash bin!
    Any recommendations for a good free/cheap MP3 converter to replace this naughty software?

    Update: I decided to run a full ClamXAV scan - glad I did! - and it found the following extra files...
    File Name-->Infection Name

    Of concern is the fact I rejected/cancelled the "Survey" component when it 'asked' to be installed.
  14. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    This happened to me as well. I would reccomend XLD which also can convert to Apple lossless was and other formats!
  15. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    watakoola wrote:
    "Ugh. Just tried to update my ancient All2MP3"

    Follow my advice in reply #10 above.
    It will get you a "clean copy" of a recent version of ALL2MP3 that still works.
    Keep using the copy "that works" until it no longer works, then think about a replacement.

    Not much more to say...
  16. GGJstudios, Sep 10, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    All2MP3 is good software, and is the developer's site. Their install process gives you a choice to install the survey software or not. Simply choose "I Disagree" and it won't install anything except All2MP3.


    If you run an antivirus scan on the installer, it will detect the survey junk, since it's part of the installer. However, if you select "I Disagree", the survey stuff will not be installed on your system. I just did this again to confirm, and ran a scan afterwards... all clean.
    That is the developer's site, and it is safe to download it from there.
    This is an older version of All2MP3.

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