Is getting Mac Keeper a good idea?

Neil D July 12, 2013
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I have a MacBook Pro and am wondering if I need to get Mac Keeper. I am not used to a Mac as I’ve always use PC in the past but heard that such a program is not needed. Any advice?

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  1. Dave R
    July 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I use Clean my Mac 2 - http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac
    You can try it for free.

  2. Jan F
    July 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

    There are times where certain functions may be of use but in my own opinion there are other tools then which do the same job equally or better and cost less or nothing.

    On the surface tho it probably is a decent App and you get a nice package of functions for you money.

    If you are looking for something specific I suggest taking a peak at the Best of Mac Apps page.
    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-mac-apps

  3. Oron J
    July 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

    No, it's not necessary. The Mac has all it needs to look after itself on a daily basis, and if you get any utilities for it, they should either do their job extraordinarily well, or offer something the Mac doesn't do in the first place. MacKeeper falls into neither category. It's a bundle of utilities that partly replicate what the Mac does, and partly add functionality (cleaning, security) but not particularly well. See for example this review -- http://lureofmac.com/mackeeper-review-should-you-install-this-mac-utility-software/ .
    I do suggest you get an antivirus for your Mac (e.g. Sphos which is free). If you frequently install and uninstall software, a cleaning utility may be of use (but wait until you get there, as you're a newbie you don't need it yet!), Then there are fixing utilities like Disk Warrior, but again, there's no point in getting them until something goes wrong!

  4. Hovsep A
    July 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Mac OS X: About background maintenance tasks
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2319?viewlocale=en_US#

    Make Sure Your Mac Purrs As Smoothly As It Did the First Day
    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/mac/MacKeeper-Review-138918.shtml

    it depends if you are interested in Anti-Theft service it has one. to clean mac if needed there should be some freeware on the market.

  5. Sash P
    July 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Mac Keeper is a terrible program and it's developers bribe people to write good reviews about it. It makes spam pop up in your browser and is super hard to get rid of. At least that' my experience of using the program. I recommend CCleaner - http://www.piriform.com/products and/or Magician - http://www.magicansoft.com/.

    • Tim Brookes
      July 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      I concur with this viewpoint, I'd choose something like CCleaner instead because whenever I see a misleading junky pop-up advert there's a high possibility the product is MacKeeper, and that's just non synonymous with quality software for me.

    • Andrea G
      July 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Completely agree. I would add Onyx to the list of free alternatives. They all mostly work as front-end to unix command-line tools that are already in the system, with few extras.

    • Sassah122 S
      July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I recommend it too. Onyx is a great tool.

    • Sassah122 S
      July 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      I just forgot about it when writing this comment.

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