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    Default MacKeeper: Kill it!

    Most should hopefully know by now, but for anybody digging around, wondering what MacKeeper is, and how to get rid of it, great write up here.

    And if there is any question as why you should never install it, and need to remove it immediately should you be tricked into it, check this out.
    "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jef Raskin

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    MacKeeper is Malware.

    I tend to prejudge a website based on whether it has a MacKeeper ad on it or not. I assume/presume that anyone who accepts an ad from Zeobit, MacKeepers developer, is just as crooked.
    molṑn labe'
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    Yeah, red flags for sure. I do wonder about all of those google placed ads.....that the sites don't control though.

    I would be really impressed if any of the AV software our there for Macs would catch, delete, or prohibit MacKeeper from being installed. So ironic that the single most prolific Mac threat ever created does not trigger any bells on any security software (that I am aware of).
    "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jef Raskin

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    Never touched it... I think my neighbor friend did and that's why we had to wipe his hard drive.

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    I haven't used any utility for years. If Disk Utility can't fix it I format it. If that doesn't do it I buy a new drive.
    Damien,

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    Last year I had to buy a upgrade for Disk Warrior. I attached a SAS Card to my new MacPro Cylinder and when I hooked up drives to it ever other drive attached to that computer became corrupted and couldn't mount. Instantly.

    It was somewhat harrowing.


    However, Disk Warrior rescued all of them, and my couple week old backup was sitting elsewhere. Only third party utility I ever run.

    Rick
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricks View Post
    It was somewhat harrowing.
    Rick
    It sounds terrifying, I think I've been there before, everything gone. Nice to know Disk Warrior can save the day. I think I need to upgrade mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeungfeng View Post
    It sounds terrifying, I think I've been there before, everything gone. Nice to know Disk Warrior can save the day. I think I need to upgrade mine.

    Only reason to have Disk Warrior is to fix something that isn't backed up. Just like Damien said. Nice to know DW is out there if you ever need it.


    Rick
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    Given the hundreds of Macs that I get to see and have to deal with, DW is an absolute must. I would either go broke through not being able to get through the work or have to be way more expensive if I had to format a drive and reinstall every time DU couldn't fix a problem! DU is nowhere near good enough to save unnecessary pain.
    The other one that I use to check a suspected slowly failing drive is Drive Genius on a block scan and spare routine. If there's just a couple of blocks that are causing a problem then no big deal, but if there are a few more, in some cases hundreds, then it's time for a new drive, even if the overrated DU tells me that the drive is okay.
    The opposite of what you automatically assume to be the truth is the answer you're looking for!

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