MacKeeper is a big name in the antivirus service market, offering a full set of utilities and services that protect your Mac from malware and ransomware attacks. On the surface, MacKeeper is a great antivirus software that is willing to keep your Mac clean. However, when you look inside, it contains a number of problems.
MacKeeper has received mostly negative reviews, with most users reporting that it slows down performance and causes crashes. If you are among those users, then it’s a good idea to remove MacKeeper from your Mac. However, removing MacKeeper is not just about clicking some buttons, as it leaves traces on your Mac.
In the section below, we are going to show you the steps on how to remove MacKeeper completely from your Mac. Before we proceed, make sure you now have a modern version of macOS installed on your computer.
How to remove MacKeeper
MacKeeper is making the uninstall process much easier than it was in the past. However, it’s not straightforward to many Mac owners out there. If you have not activated MacKeeper, then you simply need to select Quit from the MacKeeper menu and drag it into the trash.
If you now use the full version of MacKeeper, then the first thing to do is to remove it from the menu bar. To do this, quit the MacKeeper menu bar, then select Preferences from the drop-down menu and hit General. After that, simply uncheck the box next to the “Show MacKeeper icon in menu bar” option. Once you are done, let’s proceed with how to remove it.
Step one: Open the Finder window on your Mac. To do this, hit the Finder icon from the Dock
Step two: Locate the MacKeeper app by heading to your /Applications folder and then drag it into the Trash
Step three: Enter your administrator password when asked (you may be asked to enter the admin password again to delete the app)
Step four: A window will appear asking why you want to remove MacKeeper. You can provide a reason and then simply hit the the Uninstall MacKeeper button
Step five: Once you do that, MacKeeper will start uninstalling all of the services and utilities from your Mac (you may be asked to provide admin password to remove some items)
Keep in mind that the above steps will not remove all of MacKeeper’s components from your Mac, as there are some leftovers that still reside on your Mac. To remove them, open Applications support folder on your Mac (you can find it by heading to /library/Application Support). Once you are in, remove any MacKeeper-related folder.
Besides, head to the ~/Library/Caches folder and then delete any file or folder with MacKeeper in the name. Once you are done, right-click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash from the drop-down menu. Finally, restart your Mac to apply the change.
Remove MacKeeper from Safari
If you downloaded MacKeeper from a third-party out there, then you have already noticed that you constantly get popup menus asking you to purchase MacKeeper. The best shot to deal with those annoying popups is to remove any suspicious Safari extensions. Here is how.
Step one: Launch the Safari homepage on your Mac (make sure you keep the Shift key pressed) and then select Preferences from the Safari menu
Step two: Once you are in, select the Extensions icon and then remove any suspicious extensions
Step three: Quit Safari, then re-launch the app and Safari no longer displays popups for MacKeeper.
If you still see ads in Safari, then try clearing out Safari caches. To do this, you first need to enable Safari’s Develop menu (launch Safari > Preferences > Advanced > Show Develop menu in menu bar). Once you are done, select Empty Caches.
Remove older versions of MacKeeper
If you now have an older version of MacKeeper, then the method used to remove it is pretty different. With that in mind, we are here to help.
Step one: First off, quit MacKeeper and then drag it into the Trash
Step two: Now locate and remove all MacKeeper-related files and folders. To do this, open Spotlight and enter the name of the folder in which you wish to look for MacKeeper files (for example, ~/Library/Preferences)
Step three: Once you do that, Spotlight will display all contents. All you need to do now is to scroll until you find one MacKeeper file. Hit the Enter key to open the Finder window and then drag the file into the Trash.
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