Mackeeper is often promoted as one of the best tools to optimize your Macbook and make it run smoothly. While you can find positive reviews about it on the internet, the developers of the software are not someone one can trust right off the bat.
Mackeeper became available in 2010, and most users were more than happy with what the software had to offer. But as time went on, the situation began to change, and fewer people were delighted with having a Mackeeper on their computer.
While the software might have some merit, you are still better off removing it from your Macbook. And if you want to find out why, continue reading and see what makes Mackeeper not as reliable as some might think.
Reason #1 – Availability of Better Alternatives
The primary purpose of Mackeeper is to optimize the system. There is also a feature that improves safety from cybersecurity threats. Well, the reality is that you can make do with alternatives that do the work better than Mackeeper.
For starters, optimizing the Macbook is possible without any software. Deleting old files, removing startup items, scanning for viruses and malware, as well as reinstalling the OS will do as much work as Mackeeper. In some cases, it might be even better to stick to manual handling of things.
There is no need to spend money on something that is available for free. You can find plenty of excellent anti-virus software for free and have it defend you from threats like malware or adware.
As things stand, it would be better to remove Mackeeper from your Macbook (you can check out a guide on MacPaw website on how to do that) and stick with other available options.
Reason #2 – Reputation of the Company is Shady
The people behind the development of the software represent the product they make. Well, it just so happens that the reputation of Mackeeper developers is not the best in the world.
Random aggressive pop-up ads can get pretty annoying, and Mackeeper is known for forcing their agenda via ads. The message is not positive either given how they are implying that your computer is already full of various issues. Hardly any company which respects its customers and itself would attempt such behavior.
There was also a story about how a random person on YouTube neutrally reviewed Mackeeper. But since he concluded that it is better not to have the software installed, the developers threatened to take the reviewer to court unless he takes down the video or changes his stance.
Reason #3 – Hindrance to Macbook Performance
It is to be expected that pop-up ads are not great when you are trying to optimize the Macbook and have it perform to the fullest. The macOS is known for its stability. Some users have reported that installing Mackeeper caused performance issues, and removing it completely restored the status quo.
The trickiest part is that removing Mackeeper is not as easy as one would expect. Sure, the application itself is removed quite easily as any applications. You select the icon, drag it, and put the icon in the trash bin and empty the bin.
The problem is pop-ups that appear on the web browser. Whether you are using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge matters not. Each one takes time. In most cases, you will need to restore settings, remove browsing history, or even clear caches. At some point, you may think that it is too much of a hassle and will consider reinstalling the OS.
Reason #4 – Personal User Data Exposure
2015 was the year when Mackeeper really had it rough. There was a data leakage, and private information of about 13 million users became available to the public. Sure, you can argue that there are instances when companies are attacked by hackers, but in the case of Mackeeper, things were different.
It was a random person researching the topic of cybersecurity who stumbled upon the information. And since one of the features of Mackeeper is to ensure the security of their customers, failing to take care of their own does not reflect great.
Passwords, usernames, IP addresses, and licenses became available for everyone to see. Luckily, there was no information about credit card info. Nevertheless, some users were so unhappy that they decided to create a class-action lawsuit.
As you can see, it would be in your best interest to not just remove Mackeeper, but also change any passwords of devices or profiles that are identical to the one you used for Mackeeper.
As you can see, all reasons point toward how better it would be to remove Mackeeper from your computer and look for alternatives that, in some cases, offer more and do not cost you money. Given the reputation of Mackeeper developers, there is no purpose of having it on your Macbook.