MacKeeper has been the most controversial cleaning tool out there in recent years, with most claiming that it is just a scam. However, MacKeeper has received mostly positive reviews from tech experts, mainly because of its intuitive and easy-to-use design. Many Mac users are wondering if their Macs really need tools like MacKeeper to improve the performance.
However, keep in mind that Apple Macs don’t tend to get slower after a period of use thanks to their optimized hardware and macOS. Therefore, an antivirus is not really necessary on a Mac. If you are desperately looking for an antivirus software to protect your Mac, there are tons of others out there that worth paying for.
In this post, we will show you four reasons why your Macs don’t really need MacKeeper. Before we proceed, let’s briefly look at what MacKeeper is and what it actually does.
First, what is MacKeeper?
MacKeeper is an anti-virus software for Macs with millions of users worldwide. Like any other software, MacKeeper offers a free trial, followed by a subscription that costs users $9.99 per month.
MacKeeper offers multiple security services for your Mac, including cleaning, security, and optimization. On the face of it, MacKeeper might seem like a perfect tool for Mac, thanks to its lower price tag and advanced features, but when you look inside, there are a lot of things that worth staying far away.
We have heard a lot of problems Mac owners are facing with MacKeeper, with most of them claiming that MacKeeper cannot detect threats at all, instead slowing down their computers. If you regret installing MacKeeper, but you cannot figure out how to un-install it, jump over this article to remove MacKeeper from your Mac.
So, why we don’t need MacKeeper?
MacKeeper exposed user information
Back in 2015, MacKeeper, an anti-virus tool for Mac, exposed details of over 13 million users worldwide. According to sources, the details included names, phone numbers, usernames, passwords, and even more. However, the company then claimed that no personal details had been leaked and all users ‘information was secure.
Tech analysts said that they had discovered a vulnerability in MacKeeper’s data storage system that allowed hackers to access users’ details. MacKeeper then fixed the issue, but there is no guarantee that you are now safe.
MacKeeper slows down your Mac’s performance
Apple Macs offer a stable and smooth performance, ranging from playing high-res videos to handling heavy-graphics tasks. Macs don’t intend to get sluggish over time, which is one of their selling points. However, if you find out that your Mac is getting slower, there is a good chance that MacKeeper is causing the problem.
MacKeeper offers multiple tools for cleaning and optimizing your system, but not all of them are worth your time. When it comes to cleaning, MacKeeper includes a wide range of cleaning tools for removing junk files, un-installing unnecessary files, and boosting RAM.
However, in reality, Apple Macs offer a free tool that allows you to un-install software, eliminating the need for a third-party app to be installed on your computer. All you need to do is to head to the Applications folder, locate the app you wish to remove, and drag it to the Trash.
Besides, MacKeeper also allows users to stop apps from running when their Macs boot up. In reality, you can do this on your Mac without the need for an additional tool or program. To remove a startup item, head to Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups. After that, select your user account and hit Login Items.
Another useless feature of MacKeeper is its ability to recover lost files and back up your data. On the surface, this is a great feature, but macOS now includes built-in tools (Spotlight and Time Machine) for locating files and backing up your machine.
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