MacKeeper: Keep Your Mac Clean, Fast and Secured

MacKeeper has been a sponsor at AppStorm for quite a while now and many of you have probably seen the ads and wondered what the app is all about. Though we are in no way obligated to review the apps of our sponsors, this one is good enough that we wanted to share it with you.

Below we’ll go through the many features and utilities included in MacKeeper and discuss how you can use it to keep your Mac both safe and optimized.

The All-In-One Maintenance Solution

One of the reasons that Macs are so appealing is that they require so little maintenance. Everything “just works” on a Mac and for the most part, will continue to do so for some time to come. However, seasoned Mac users are aware of several possible ways to optimize the performance of their machines and clear off needlessly occupied storage space.

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MacKeeper

Tasks such as clearing universal binaries, stripping extra languages, removing duplicate files and dumping caches have been traditionally handled by a handful of apps, but lately a few all-in-one solutions have popped up promising to provide nearly all of your Mac maintenance needs in on convenient place.

Very few of these apps are more powerful or thorough than MacKeeper. This excellent piece of software makes complex system management tasks a breeze and even adds a few killer bonus features like security and proper app deletion.

The Gist

The primary interface of MacKeeper is shown below. It’s very basic and easy for even complete novices to understand.

On the left is a series of functions and categories that affect the content that appears in the middle area. As you can see below, the default section is the Status screen. Here you can see the status of the operations you’ve run. Once you’ve run a few of the functions available in MacKeeper you’ll quickly start to see the benefits add up here.

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MacKeeper Interface

The various tools and services are divided into four main categories: security, data control, cleaning and optimization. Within these four categories are tons of useful features but overall, these comprise the four primary functions that you will use MacKeeper to accomplish.

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The Four Primary Functions

Below we’ll take a look at each of these four categories and the various functions therein.

Security

The security component is an Anti-Theft service that comes bundled with the application (eventually, yearly fees apply). The service is a lot like that of an app I recently reviewed called Hidden.

Basically what the service does is track the location of your Mac in the event that it gets lost or stolen. Using your MacKeeper account, you can log in online from any computer and inform the service that your Mac was stolen.

After this the service will continually check to see if your Mac pops up online. When it does, you’ll receive detailed reports on its location and a phone call informing you how to present the information to the police so you can get your Mac back.

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Anti-Theft Service Rundown

Shown above is a handy graphic from the MacKeeper website that sums up the anti-theft service pretty well.

Data Control

The Data Control component contains five sections: Data Encryptor, Undelete, Shredder, Backup and ZeoDisk.

Data Encryptor

The Data Encryptor allows you secure files that you don’t want to allow just anyone to have access to. When you add a file to this section and lock it, the file becomes invisible and is only accessible by entering a user-set password in MacKeeper.

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Data Encryptor

This is excellent if you store any sensitive financial or personal data on your machine that could prove harmful if your computer were ever stolen.

Undelete

The Undelete service is an incredibly useful feature that actually allows you to recover files that may have been recently accidentally deleted from your Mac or any connected storage devices.

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Undelete

To use this feature, simply navigate to the drive you want to recover a file from and hit “Start Scan.” The scan may take awhile due to the scattered nature of the data after a delete operation but eventually you’ll see a list of recoverable files pop up.

Keep in mind that this service isn’t magic and won’t be able to recover any files that were deleted a significant amount of time ago. The more recent the deletion, the more likely MacKeeper will be able to recover the file.

Shredder

After the end of a lifelong battle with a few oversized adolescent turtles, the Shredder has a new job in the business of deleting Mac files.

As the previous feature proves, deleting a file doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gone for good. There are plenty of recovery options that allow someone to revive files from your machine even after you’ve emptied your trash.

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Shredder

Deleting files with the Shredder ensures that no data recovery software will ever be able to bring them back. To use it, simply drag in the files that you want to be rid of and say adios.

Just be careful, the point of this feature is to kill files forever so if you accidentally delete something important, you’re screwed.

Backup and ZeoDisk

MacKeeper allows you to run automated backups of your data to the destination of your choice. You can choose from a number of options including another folder on your Mac, an FTP server or a WebDAV server.

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Shredder

ZeoDisk is a backup option that gives you 3GB of online storage. However, this feature has not yet launched and will be coming sometime in the near future.

Cleaning

Even straight out of the box, your Mac can have gigs and gigs of unnecessary clutter eating up precious hard drive space. And after a few months or years of use, the clutter really starts to pile up.

One of the best features of MacKeeper is its ability to easily reclaim your lost HD space by scanning for a the following items: universal binaries, caches, duplicate files, multiple language support files, logs, and old files that you haven’t accessed in a long time.

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One-Click Scan

All of these basically work the same way. You either run one scan that looks for all the unnecessary clutter or click on an individual category to view all the storage that’s being eaten up by particular items of that type. For instance, clicking on the language category will allow you to easily strip additional language support from any or all of the apps that you want.

There’s also a utility for analyzing your overall disk usage and another for properly deleting applications (Wise Uninstaller). The latter of these is something you should use any time you want to delete an app. Simply throwing applications in the trash leaves all kinds of associated files stranded throughout your system. Tools like this automatically collect the scattered files and throw them away together.

Optimization

The three tools under the optimization category are Update Tracker, Login Items and Default Apps. The Update Tracker is similar to AppFresh in that it automatically checks for updates for installed applications and allows you to quickly and easily download them. Strangely enough though, despite the fact that AppFresh says I have 70 updates available, MacKeeper was unable to find any.

Login Items is essentially the exact functionality you find in System Preferences. Basically, you can decide which applications and services are launched automatically when your computer starts up.

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Default Apps

Default Apps is a super useful utility that allows you to quickly view and control the default application for all the file extensions on your machine. This makes it simple to perform tasks like forcing all Word documents to open in Pages or all JPGs to open in Photoshop.

Does it Work?

Aside from the bit of trouble I encountered with the Update Tracker feature, MacKeeper performed excellently. When you really dig in and start using this app it’s hard not to be impressed at just how much functionality they crammed into a single app. Repairing disk permissions is literally the only frequent maintenance-related task I can think of that MacKeeper doesn’t perform.

The data control and optimization features are extremely nice to have, but the cleaning features are really where the app shines for me. Since I work on a MacBook, GBs of storage are a precious commodity and I’m constantly looking for ways to save space.

MacKeeper single-handedly replaced the four or five other apps on my hard drive that I was using to keep caches, languages, binaries, logs, etc. under control.

The UI couldn’t be simpler and there are built-in video tutorials for literally every feature. My recommendation: download the trial and see if you can talk yourself out of spending the forty bucks to get the full version (it won’t be easy).

Conclusion

To sum up, MacKeeper is an incredibly powerful maintenance utility for OS X. The four key areas it covers are security, data control, cleaning and optimization. With it you can do everything from tracking lost Macs and password protecting files to recovering deleted files and freeing up hard drive space.

MacKeeper is really easy for anyone to use and walks you through every step of every feature. MacKeeper licenses are for life but you can optionally subscribe to the theft-protection, customer support and ZeoDisk features.

Also be sure to check out CleanMyMac, a very similar utility with a slick UI and a slightly smaller price tag.


Summary

MacKeeper is an all-in-one powerhouse for security, data control, cleaning and optimization tasks on your Mac. With it you can do everything from tracking lost Macs and password protecting files to recovering deleted files and freeing up hard drive space.

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  • Jon

    Shredder reference…….nice

  • http://www.perezfox.com Scott Perez-Fox

    Am I the only one who will never buy software with an annual license fee? It just feels like an absolute scam. Bill Gates introduced us to boxed software in the 70s, and only recently have we moved to monthly subscriptions for web-based applications. But buying “static” software and being forced to renew the license seems greedy. (Perhaps we can make an exception for software that has a sever-side component, like Quicken, or something constantly for features, updated beyond the reasonable patch-and-update system.)

    I think they should pick a price, and stick with it as a “lifetime” price. Discounts for multiple computers are a good thing, but I can’t get next to the annual pricing.

    • http://www.designshack.co.uk Joshua Johnson

      The software is a once-per lifetime flat fee. Only the service portion requires a subscription.

  • http://www.libelcom.com/ Libelcom

    The apps sounds nice but buying software with an annual license is not something that I would do:-)

  • http://mackeeper.zeobit.com/ OlgaZeobit

    Hello, I’m Olga Antoniuk from ZeoBIT LLC and I’d like to say I greatly appreciate your feedback! The main reason why MacKeeper is not sold as a one-off download is that it is being constantly updated. Subscription helps to increase MacKeeper’s functionality quickly and qualitatively. Our customers tell us that they appreciate the customer service option and online services, and we feel that it is important that all of our customers have these abilities.

    Olga Antoniuk
    Social Media Evangelist
    ZeoBIT LLC

    • joe

      I went to your website and clicked on a SCREEN-SHOT PICTURE of your product and it started to download the DMG file.

      I was able to stop it, and I have my Mac set to NOT auto-open downloaded software. If it had auto-opened into my computer and damaged my HD with repeated warnings and demands for subscriptions I would track you down to the ends of the earth.

      Also, almost EVERY website search result on “is mackeeper a scam?” is an ADVERTISEMENT SITE for your “product”.

      Time for you to quit now and move on before interpol catches up with you.

      NO ONE SHOULD DOWNLOAD MACKEEPER.

      (it should be renamed “MacSheeper”.)

    • Jane

      Can you please confirm how I get my EXCEL and Word back working. Activated your anti-virus last night and no attachments will open today. Seems like I am not the only one with this problem but I have been unable to find a solution

  • http://carterphotodesign.com bcarter

    I have to agree that software with an annual fee is a scam. Charge for major upgrades and give the user the option to maintain their current version for life. Reconsider your business model. When dealing with Mac users, annual fees are not realistic.

  • AT

    That is seriously kick ass… Whow! I’m so gonna get that app.

  • Dan

    Most of this is unnecessary. Just download Onyx for free and skip the rest. Annual fees? Yikes! That’s so 90s…

  • jose

    It seems too complicated for me. I don’t know which duplicated files I can delete. The app considers them “duplicated” but I have seen they are not. It’s very boring marking one by one and it takes a loooong time. Very complete but too many things I don’t need.
    I prefer CLEAN MY MAC by far. Much simpler and effective. By the way, they are about to release version 2.
    The annual fee is a complete scam. Maybe I am wrong but I don’t see a happy future for this app if an annual fee is mandatory.
    Regards

  • http://www.studioccollective.com Prevayl

    Subscription fee is only for the service portion. I dont believe anybody is reading to first reply to that concern. Wake up people. one flat cost then if you want the service feature, that will include a subscription fee.

  • Joseph

    Morons. Thanks for the captive pop up advertisement that I had to force quit out of Safari… I will NEVER buy this tripe thanks to your stupid hostile advertisement.

  • Roderick

    It’s a SCAM.
    I ran it on a G4 laptop with Terminal on.
    While it’s running, it keeps hitting on the COMM — why?
    Supposed to be a standalone app- and they advertise “FREE” (click thrus on many on-line sources.)
    It’s anything BUT free.

    Run it, grinds away, then STOPS abruptly – sending you to the subscription site.
    Want to finish the job? YOU GOTTA PAY.

    If it sounds too good to be true— it’s a LIE.

    This appstorm site is probably just a troll set up for zeoBIT.
    Trust no-one, then you don’t get burned.
    TOO MANY QUESTION MARKS WITH THIS MacKeeper junk.

    STAND CLEAR.

  • Gary Baelzman

    I’m very pleased with MacKeeper. It’s easy to use and works great. My iMAC is running so much quicker and today I installed the Anti Virus feature and it found 2 trojans! (Who says Mac’s can’t get viruses?) I paid around $20.00 for the promotional buy of it from ZeroBit and I’m pleased with the performance, speed and quality of the product. I would have easily paid more for this utility. With Mac’s gaining popularity, viruses are around the corner for Mac. Actually there already here!
    you should take a look at what protection and clean up utilities are out there and invest in “MacKeeper”

  • redteddy

    Totally, totally worth it. I purchased the package, ran it through and my mac is working faster than ever. Had one malware removed and increased mac space. Love the idea of the Anti-theft feature though I doubt I would ever have to use it. I’m glad I downloaded this product. Its true the download does stop to a grind demanding that you subscribe to finish the job but I’m glad I did. Hey everyone has to make money right? I used their online chat for support and there was someone there right away who walked me through an issue; the customer service was stellar.

  • redteddy

    Oh yeah and best of all not only is the speed enhanced, no more pesky pop-ups. Yay!

  • Jeff B

    I have to say: I absolutely DETEST AND HATE this application due to all the random ass popups all the time. It seems like the app itself is malware. Screw you guys: I hate you.

  • Gypsy Davey

    I agree about the popups. I haven’t bought this software and because of the popups after downloading it I never will.

  • Brian

    I hate this app too. It will not allow you to uninstall. I do not trust this sort of thing. Malware is not a problem on the Mac (even with Mac defender). However, I did install MacKeeper, and it’s the closest thing to Malware I have ever encountered.

    Can’t recommend enough NOT installing this garbage which obviously roots itself deep in the system. Popups are NOT WELCOME.

    I am going to have to completely reinstall from scratch. This product gives me the creeps. And it’s only touted on WORTHLESS sites like ‘appstorm’.

    • Jim

      Yupp, that ol’ a.tribalfusion.com popup, ARRRRGHH! Stay away from this s**t:(
      - Someone is in complete control of my Mac after I gave MacKeeper a try.

    • linda epstein

      Here is what i did: right click the icon in the dock, click on quit and then follow the instructions on their screen, will take a few clicks as you have to answer a few questions then you will see: Uninstall. So far haven’t seen it pop up again.
      Good Luck
      linda

  • Calidris

    I’ve been running MacKeeper for about a month now. I couldn’t tell if anything was running better, but nothing seemed worse after a couple of cleanup.

    Then I tried “Wise Uninstall”. Virtually ALL my apps were uninstalled. Fortunately I have TimeMachine working. But that’s an afternoon I’ll never get back.

    What’s up with that?

  • Sana Paul

    Stay away from Mackeeper. It is worthless crap that infects and slows down your mac.It is like a cancer on your your OS.

    The company Zeobit pollutes the Internet with it’s barrage of annoying banner and pop-up ads.

    AVOID Zeobit and Mackeeper!

  • Louie

    I installed MacKeeper and immediately had a problem with Photoshop. When attempting to print the app crashed. After looking deeper into the log, MacKeeper had deleted some library files that Photoshop was dependent on. There went a half day reinstalling the system software. It also removed a vital file from my FTP app, killing it. MacKeeper is a very very big mistake to use.

  • JakeBenzing

    Try Appzapper

  • Tarzan

    i installed MacKeeper and now I can’t open my word or excel files. Not good!

  • Eddie

    A pretty interface to do things that can be done better with other applications and often for free.
    Add the disgusting marketing tactics they use, such as browser pop-ups and fake reviews, and it becomes clear that this garbage is not worth even the download time, not to mention the price.
    Some sites do include a disclaimer:
    “…the website owners get paid for purchases of these products resulting from the affiliate links followed from our website…”

    Recent switchers might be tempted by this software. BEWARE!

  • http://www.4min.net/ Susan

    Mac os have icon so cute :) i like it

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  • Tony T.

    I have just spent over an hour researching your product and I could not find one good word about your product. Not even ONE good word. Your product is B.S. and
    I feel sorry for anybody you guys sucker into using your product. Your product causes machines to delete files, software not running smooth amongst other
    problems as well.

  • Mick

    Mackeeper is great, and that security function is interesting. But the price is too high.. Especially I can find the free software CleanGenius Free to clean my mac as well. I really hesitate to buy Mackeeper.

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