MacKeeper: Is it worth buying?

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MacKeeper

Editors note: this post was originally published in May 2015 and was updated in January 2017 to reflect new reviews and experiences. We now recommend purchasing MacPaw’s Clean My Mac 3 instead of MacKeeper.

Mackeeper is a software suite from Kromtech that claims the ability to speed up your computer, remove worthless files, and provide a connection to real-life humans for all of your Mac-related needs. Is all of this actually included? So without further ado, here’s our review on MacKeeper.

Human

Mackeeper provides a connection to tech experts 24/7 through an integrated live chat system. They can provide you with assistance no matter the time your computer starts to give you issues.

The program also supports a Find & Fix module that allows a remote Apple professional to scan and repair any issues that your Mac might have.

Geek On Demand is a way for an Apple certified professional to answer any questions you might have about your computer. You don’t need any technical knowledge, and MacKeeper claims that you’ll have an answer within 48 hours, no matter how difficult the question.

Cleaning

Our review on MacKeeper shows that MacKeeper provides a multitude of ways to clean and delete worthless files from you Mac. The software provides multiple ways to free up hard disk space.

The Fast Cleanup feature does a quick scan of your system and removes unnecessary files. This includes the Binaries Cutter module, removing files that weren’t designed for use on a Mac. The Languages Cutter also removes unnecessary languages from your system– there’s not much of a need for Russian or Chinese language files when all you know how to speak is English.

Smart Uninstaller will uninstall files more completely than the default Yosemite uninstall process. The Smart Uninstaller removes preferences and hidden widgets, allowing you to gain even more hard drive space.

The Duplicates Finder will remove duplicate files on your system, even if they have different names. No need to waste that space. The Disk Usage module will show you a visualization of how much space each file on your system is taking up.

MacKeeper review disk usage

These cleaning features are similar in capabilities to MacPaw’s CleanMyMac 3. When we reviewed CleanMyMac 3 we noted,

A basic CleanMyMac 3 scan runs through the following items: system junk, photo junk, mail attachments, iTunes junk,  and trash bins. It cleans up each of these areas creating more space on your hard drive and speeding up your Mac. It also identifies files on your hard drive that are particularly large and/or old, allowing you to make cleaning decisions on these individual items.

Performance

Our review on MacKeeper shows that the software gives a simple and easy to use way to control what programs start when you launch your computer– the Login Items module.

The software works to keep your computer up to date with the Update Tracker module. Update tracker scans for potentially out-of-date applications and provides you an easy way to keep the rest of your software up to date.

We also found those awesome performance capabilities in CleanMyMac 3, and we noted we loved that you could schedule cleaning reminders.

Data Control

MacKeeper provides the tools for you to keep a handle on all of your data. The Default Apps module gives you a place to set the default programs for different file types.

The Backup tool creates a fast backup of your system on an external hard drive or USB stick. You can also create a schedule for your computer to follow to ensure regular data backups.

Security

MacKeeper provides online and offline security features. The Safe Browsing module works to block malicious websites and keep you from downloading potentially unsafe files.  Contrary to popular belief, an antivirus is always a good idea on a Mac. MacKeeper comes with an included antivirus suite that will block and remove potential threats.

The software also allows you to locate your computer in the event of theft. The Location Report feature will activate if you report your Mac as missing, and you can check your computer’s location on the MacKeeper website. Furthermore, the software can use your Mac’s built in webcam to take a snapshot of the thief. Criminals beware– you’re not going to hold on to the computer for long with MacKeeper installed.MacKeeper antitheft

Privacy

MacKeeper helps keep your private information private. The software offers the ability to encrypt sensitive files with a password through the Data Encrypter module.

Deleting files doesn’t make them go away for good. The Shredder function makes multiple passes over whatever you want to delete and completely removes it from your system.

Conclusion

MacKeeper is a software suite that provides a ton of value for your computer. The company is offering the software as a paid subscription model, starting at $5.95/month for 24 months. It’s a decent product, but there are many recent complaints against MacKeeper. And our latest recommendation is to consider a different Mac cleaning product.

We recommend checking out MacPaw’s CleanMyMac3. An alternative to MacKeeper, it features many of the same highlights, but with a much happier customer base (and a one time price instead of a subscription!). 

You can check out our recent reviews of CleanMyMac 3 to see if it’s a fit for you:

 


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