Mackeeper Review 2018 – Is MacKeeper Really A Scam?

Apple MacBook is pretty reliable when it comes to performance, but that does not mean that everything runs smoothly without any flaws. Like Windows, Apple MacBook needs a refresh to boost performance. In reality, junks and files tend to build up over a period of extended computer use, thus taking up more and more space.

macOS includes several built-in settings that help you clean up your Mac to make it run faster. However, there are reasons to still switch to a third-party app. If you make a quick Google Search, you will find a ton of cleaning apps.

MacKeeper is one of the most used Mac apps out there. Kromtech has been working hard to improve the app since the launch day, expanding its usefulness just beyond being able to clean and protect your computer operating system. MacKeeper now can encrypt your data and recover files that you have removed from your hard drive.

MacKeeper was a subject of controversy for some time and received negative reviews from tech experts following reports of aggressive advertising. However, MacKeeper is getting better and better, making it a reliable Mac cleaning tool. And, I will help you discover how, in the section below. Before proceeding, let’s find out what MacKeeper can do in 2018.

  1. First, download and install the app

MacKeeper is now offering pre-paid subscriptions that start at $4, 95 per month. With a 24-month prepaid plan, you have access to full features of MacKeeper, ranging from anti-theft tracking to 24/7 expert support.

I paid $7, 95 per month for a 12-month prepaid plan and it works flawlessly. The process is pretty simple. All you need to do is to head over to its official site, select your plan and make your payment.

  1. Features

MacKeeper is now a bigger deal than you expect, allowing you to do a lot of things like cleaning memory, removing duplicate files, and un-installing files. Here’s a breakdown of some of its useful features.

  • Remove duplicate files

One of the highlights of MacKeeper lies in the ability to remove duplicate files. Files and junks build up over time and take up a large amount of your space, thus slowing down your computer. With MacKeeper, you can get rid of duplicate files with a simple click.

To do this, fire up the app, then select Duplicate Files option from the left side-bar and hit the Scan button at the bottom left corner. MacKeeper then runs a scan to find duplicate files and you simply need to hit the Trash button.

  • Recover files

With a modern version of MacKeeper, you can recover your files that have been removed from your computer’s hard drive. This comes in handy for those users who have accidentally removed files from your computer.

To recover files using MacKeeper, launch the app on your Mac, then click on Files Recovery from the sidebar and hit the Scan button. After that, the app runs a full scan of your computer and displays all files that are recoverable. Select your files you wish to recover and hit the Recover button.

  • Encrypt data

If you share your Mac with someone else, then make sure your data won’t fall into the wrong hands. MacKeeper now includes the ability to encrypt your data, so you can protect your personal files from the prying eyes. To encrypt your data, launch the app on your Mac, then select Data Encryptor and follow the instructions to hide your files.

  • Clear memory

One of the best features of MacKeeper lies in Memory Cleaner. In other words, MacKeeper acts as a cleaner that removes junk files and optimize your RAM for better performance. All you need to do is to open MacKeeper on your Mac, select Memory Cleaner under the Advanced Tools section and hit the Clean Memory Quickly.

  • Uninstall apps

Uninstalling an app is now more than just dragging it into the Trash and emptying the Trash. In reality, there are a lot of pieces scattered around after you uninstall an app. With MacKeeper, you can remove all the leftover files, mainly thanks its built-in Smart Uninstaller tool.

To uninstall a Mac app, open MacKeeper on your Mac, then select Smart Uninstaller and select an app you wish to remove.

  • Free up space

If you have been using your Mac for a long time, then it’s time to clean up the mess. There are a lot of large files you no longer need on your Mac. To free up space on your Mac, fire up MacKeeper, click Disk Usage from the left sidebar and hit the Scan button.

  1. So, is MacKeeper a scam?

MacKeeper had a tough time back in 2015, following reports of user data leaks and extensive on-line ads. Fortunately, we no longer live in those days, as MacKeeper is now a more reliable cleaning tool for your Mac. I have been using MacKeeper for six months and everything is going fine. I have not encountered any issues with MacKeeper so far.

Read more: Is MacKeeper a Scam in 2018?

  1. Un-installing MacKeeper

If you want to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac, then MacKeeper has made the uninstall process much easier than it was in the past. I have written a guide about how to remove MacKeeper from your Mac computer.

Read here: How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac

  1. Pop-up ads

While MacKeeper is getting better and better, one major drawback lies in its pop-up ads. A number of users have reported that they receive notifications in Safari and Chrome asking to install MacKeeper. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround for removing those annoying notifications.

Step one: Launch Safari’s homepage and then select Preferences from the Safari menu

Step two: Select Privacy tab and then click the Manage Data button

Step three: Click on the input field at the top and type in MacKeeper.com

Step four: Now just simply hit the Remove button.

Once you are done, quit Safari and launch the app. Safari should open without displaying any ads for MacKeeper.

If you still see ads, it’s time to use a third-party app. There are a ton of ad blockers out there that help you deal with the issue. However, not all of them are trusted, or even make the situation worse.

The ad blocker I tried is Adblock Plus, one of the best ad-blocking apps out there. The app allows you to block banners and pop-ups, and track down malware on your Mac.

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MacKeeper is not the best cleaning tool for Mac, as it still exists annoying ads. However, it is really worth your time and you should give it a try.

What do you think about MacKeeper? Let us know in the comments below.

2 Comments on "Mackeeper Review 2018 – Is MacKeeper Really A Scam?"

  1. MacKeeper is absolutely the worst plague I have ever encountered on oSX, it looks like a rootkit of some sort.

    Your company is a plague on computer users.

  2. MacKeeper and its partner in obstruction, Zoom Diagnostics, are not worth the $200+ we spent to have ‘lifetime” service. For one, they do not keep a schedule for reminding clients of cleanup, diagnostics. Add in:, it is unclear to whom you go for what. First everyone there was helpful and pleasant. Now they are rigid and curt. They shuffled me around when I tried to get their “tech” to do his number on my iMac. i never did get to the right person. Also add in: their “quick” remote cleanup often took hours. Plus: the backup kept losing the schedules I set up and wound up not backing anything up. But final blow was the colossal degree to which their apps were pinging. Along with HP’s Device Monitor, they were rendering 18mbps service effectively inoperable. I could watch it on Activity Monitor. And then just try to uninstall ALL of their files. I wound up buying three third party apps to get rid of the whole mess. And as you point out, I do not need it for back up and other apps so what it claims to do (but doesn’t)-far less expensively.) Certainly some of this may have to do with my amateur level skills with a Mac, MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad. In the end I trusted them and was clearly misled. I won’t get a cent back from them but a lot of people and sources I use will find out about how rickety I think their apps are.

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