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MacKeeper Review – Do You Need a Mac AntiVirus

Reviews • Feb. 28, 2022

Macs are really secure, even so then Windows. However, attacks still go through and can harm your Mac in the process. So, keeping your device protected should be your primary concern. One way to protect your device from malicious attacks is MacKeeper.

It includes many features that make your Mac experience much more refined and secure. You have access to a full-on antivirus tool, malware protection, a VPN, and more. This makes it one of the best security apps for macOS and probably the best protection tool.

Though back in 2014, MacKeeper was involved in a lawsuit over fake problems to scare users into paying for a fix. However, MacKeeper was then sold to a different company, Clario, which helped get certifications from AppEsteem, a platform dedicated to eliminating deceptive practices by apps.

So, with all that in mind. Should you be using MacKeeper for your Mac or stick with the regular old macOS security measures? Well, let’s find out, shall we?

Getting started with MacKeeper

Installing MacKeeper on my device was super simple. The process just took me 10 minutes to get everything up and running.

  • Head on to the MacKeeper webpage
  • Download the app by clicking on the blue “Download” button
  • Get a registration key by subscribing to a plan
  • Enter the registration key and enjoy the app

Note: You can also use the trial version of the app by skipping the registration step. However, you’ll only be able to use it for 30 days, and it only allows one cleaning cycle.

The first screen that you will encounter will be the registration page, and once you register the app, you’ll see a request popup for the folder permissions.

Once you grant the permission, you can run a scan on the “Find & Fix” tool, and it will help determine all the errors and trash files on your macOS device.

The UI is clean and has all the tools listed on the left panel. It is great for beginners as they won’t need to do a lot of digging to get the tools you need.

The tool scans through all your files and can take more than 10-20 minutes to complete depending on the total storage space used on your device.

My scan took around 24 minutes to fully complete, and it showed me that I had a lot of duplicate files to remove and performance to optimize. However, you might have a different experience.

What insider Mackeeper

MacKeeper is not your average antivirus app. It brings along a tonne of features that would just blow your mind. So, let’s take an in-depth look at all the tools you get with MacKeeper.

1. Antivirus

Well, MacKeeper was designed as an antivirus. So, it’s a given that the antivirus part of the app will be good. While the full scan took a lot of time, and I mean around 30-40 minutes, it did ensure me that my Mac was safe.

However, it will be perfect for anyone who is facing random bugs or errors on their Mac. While it is rare for viruses to infect macOS, if one does manage to get through, then MacKeeper would help you kill it.

2. Adware Cleaner

One of the best tools that I’ve found on MacKeeper. It helps you remove all ad files on your Mac. Hence, making it much more premium than ever.

I removed all the ad files from my Mac, and I instantly noticed a difference. Many apps didn’t pop up ads, and the browser experience also felt comparatively better. So, I highly recommend using the adware cleaner tool for the best Mac experience.

3. Duplicates Finder

While it wasn’t a prominent feature for me, I see why some people are obsessed with it. If you are a person that keeps everything organized and backups, then this “Duplicates Finder” will not work for you.

As you can see, it found 15 duplicate files on my Mac. However, all these were copies that I made as backups. You can expect around 150 MB to GBs of data to be freed up so that you can use it to store something else.

So, if you’re someone that has a very cluttered computer, then Duplicates Finder would work as an awesome tool for the job.

4. ID Theft Guard

Another feature that would make your life a whole lot easier. ID Theft Guard does exactly what its name suggests, and it protects your IDs, credit card number, passwords, and more.

It works with all the browsers, so you just need to run the app and open the ID Theft Guard tool. Once that starts running in the background, you can securely browse the internet without fearing about data theft.

5. Login Items

You can easily configure startup items on Windows. However, doing the same on macOS can get challenging. So, an easy way to configure all the startup items on your Mac is through using the “Login Items” tool on MacKeeper.

Disabling startup apps can help improve performance and even allow you to boot faster. As you can see from the screenshot above, I can clean 21 startup items, and I’m sure that I’ll have faster boot times after doing so.

So, what are you waiting for? Get MacKeeper, go to “Login Items” and clean all the startup items to improve performance.

6. Memory Cleaner

Another important tool for people who have older Macs. Every PC or Mac degrade their performance with time. So, an older Mac would always feel slower than it ever was before.

However, you can counter this by maintaining your storage space, optimizing the CPU and GPU, running scheduled checkups, and cleaning the RAM.

Memory cleaner helps you do just that. It cleans all the intensive apps and processes and clears any background running apps for maximum performance gain.

So, if you’re ever stuck with some slow performance and want a quick boost, I suggest using Memory Cleaner for the job.

7. Safe Cleanup

Safe Cleanup is a trash cleaner on steroids. I was surprised when I ran the tool as I was pretty sure that I didn’t have many trash files.

However, it still managed to find 3G GB of trash, logs, caches, and more. So, I did what one has to, and I cleaned all the junk files and managed to get 3+ GBs of free space.

So, it’s definitely a strong pickup for your Mac. However, I would suggest you check all the files that you’re clearing as it will also find all the mail attachments that it can remove and so if you don’t want to delete those, then don’t select it while cleaning,

8. Smart Uninstaller

Smart Uninstaller is an uninstaller tool that removes plugins, junk, leftover files, widgets, settings, and obviously applications.

While I didn’t use it much as I didn’t have much to remove, it can be a godsend for anyone stuck with a pesky widget or plugin that they can’t remove.

So, if you’re someone who is struggling with removing those plugins or extensions, then go ahead and give Smart Uninstaller a shot.

9. Stop Ads

StopAd works in tandem with the Adware Cleaner. While the Adware Cleaner cleans all the unnecessary ad files on your device, StopAd does what its name suggests.

It stops all ads by blocking them. So, imagine you’re accessing a website, and there’s supposed to be a banner ad. Well, there won’t be any once you start using StopAd, which makes the overall experience much more cleaner and smoother.

However, I did face some compatibility issues with some websites blocking my access because they knew that I had an adblocker running. So, be mindful of that once you start using StopAd.

10. Update Tracker

Another great tool that can help you track all the new updates available for your apps. I’m not keen on updating every day because it takes up a lot of data and time. So, I just installed essential updates for all the apps that I have.

However, MacKeeper’s “Update Tracker” helps me get around that by making the process a whole lot smoother. It shows all the apps that you can update right on one page and allows you to update them with just a single click. So, do give it a shot.

11. VPN

Finally, one of the essential tools to keep yourself protected while browsing online is the VPN it comes with. Yes, you heard it right. It has a full-fledged VPN built-in straight into the app. So, you can easily change servers and get access to geo-blocked content with ease.

While it doesn’t have a lot of servers that you can rely on, they all are great at security and performance. I ran many speed tests and IP leak tests, and to my surprise, everything looked great. I had an average of 80 Mbps on the best server, and I didn’t experience any connection drops.

What could be better

The one major thing that I hate about the app is the “Premium Services” button right at the top. Yes, I know that it’s meant to help you get instant access to their customer service, but you can already do that from the chatbox on the right.

It basically looks like an ad, and I don’t want to see it when I paid full price for the premium subscription. The worse part is that you can’t even disable by any means. So, I really hope they shift this to someplace less noticeable.

How much does MacKeeper cost

MacKeeper is compatible with all Macs running macOS 10.11 or later. So, if you have an older Mac, then you’re out of luck. It has three different pricing options to choose from, and they are:

  • $4.15 per month (12-month plan for 4 licenses)
  • $3.35 per month (12-month plan for 1 license)
  • $14.95 per month (1-month plan for 1 license)

It also comes with a free 30-day trial app that you can use. However, it will only clean your Mac once and then stop working.

MacKeeper alternatives

So MacKeeper is not the cheapest performance package out there. But it’s definitely not the most expensive one either.

Is MacKeeper safe to use

Yes, MacKeeper is safe to use. While the app has a shady past, it has now been owned by a different company with certifications showing that the app is completely secure.

I tested MacKeeper for an entire week, getting into all the nooks and crannies to ensure that the app was safe. To my surprise, I didn’t find any issues, errors, or bugs while using it.

I even ran leak tests to see if it was leaking my data. But that too showed me that the app was secure and wasn’t leaking any data.

So, you can rest easy that the app is 100% safe to use and won’t cause an issue with your Mac.

Is MacKeeper worth it

With all the features that MacKeeper comes with and comparing all the app’s pros and cons, I think MacKeeper is a keeper for you, and it is definitely worth it.

It comes with many features and tools that make it one of a kind, and most of the tools that I used were super valuable. They helped me optimize my Mac’s performance, storage space, security, and overall privacy.

However, it does have some negatives, but the positives outweigh them. So, I would advise you to download a free trial version for an all-out take on all the tools and features you get with MacKeeper.

Pros

  • Amazing security features and tools
  • A built-in VPN
  • Malware and Adware protection

Cons

  • The premium services page is annoying to look at
  • Scanning your Mac can take a lot of time