Some of you may have been prompted either by ads on Mac websites or through other means of marketing to download a free 15 day trial of Mac Keeper.
Those in the Mac community have mixed opinions about Mac Keeper. I am not a customer of theirs, nor do I have any connection to the company which started in 2009. However, it is not a virus.
MacKeeper is a bundle of utilities aimed at helping improve your Mac. The software was developed by ZeoBit Software and is distributed by Macware. ZeoBit had a booth at this year’s MacWorld / iWorld conference out in California, which concluded a little over a week ago.
One of the voices I trust in the Mac community is Dave Hamilton. Dave is one of the co-hosts of Mac Geek Gab, a free weekly internet radio broadcast dedicated to helping people with Mac issues, and The Mac Observer, which is an online Mac newspaper, updated daily. Dave is not a spokesman for MacKeeper, but he does speak highly of the product.
MacKeeper tools are kind of quirky. You have to have a need for them, to justify paying $40 for the package (and an additional $40 per year if you want to keep the anti-virus which is NOT required). Are removing duplicate files, making sure a certain program is the DEFAULT for opening a certain type of file, and keeping all your software up to date so important that you need a program to help you with that ? I’ll leave that up to you. Though not a customer myself, the only tool out of their package that I would personally find useful is ‘Files Recovery’ – which attempts to recover files that you have already deleted and emptied from the trash.
And that’s why they offer a 15 day trial…..
They have posted instructions on how to remove MacKeeper should you not be interested in it