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MacKeeper reviewProvides: Mac system maintenance and optimization
Format: Download
Developer: ZeoBIT, LLC
Minimum System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.5 or later
Processor Compatibility: Universal
Price: $39.95 (volume license and organizational discounts available)
Availability: Now
Version Reviewed: 0.9.3

Just getting to the MacKeeper website gives you a positive feeling about this application, even if you don’t have a clear idea of what it does. MacKeeper’s website has the look-n-feel of a professionally designed site which invites you to find out more about what they’re promoting.

When it comes to applications that try to improve your Mac’s performance, execute some maintenance tasks, or free some space up, there’s a lot to talk about. There are many well-known tools, paid and free, which focus on doing this job. Each has its own strategy to implement solutions, with its own pros and cons. But there’s one thing for sure; if you want to be noticed in this field, you have to bring something new to the table.

ZeoBIT brings you MacKeeper, with an ambitious and interesting proposal for those of you who are looking for a simple way to handle all your maintenance tasks on the Mac. They claim this app will keep your Mac clean, foolproof, secured, fast, reliable, and attended. Let’s take a closer look to their plan of action.

What does it look like?

If you’ve ever used iTunes (and you probably have), you’ll feel right at home when MacKeeper opens up.

MacKeeper main window

I must say, for an application that brings so many tools in one workspace, the user interface is fairly clean and well organized. Sometimes when you get your hands on some of these tools, you get the impression that a button here or there could be better placed, or some information could be presented differently, leaving room for UI improvements on future versions.

The overall app looks are clean and uncluttered; something that is harder to accomplish than most people realize.

What does it do?

Once you’ve installed the application, you notice there are three subsets of tools: cleaning utilities, standalone tools, and online services. All these tools combined represent nothing new to the Mac community. But the way they’re implemented in an all-in-one fashion could be a deal-sealer feature, mainly for all of those who used to install many programs to accomplish the same goal.

Getting into details of every single tool MacKeeper has to offer could end up being encyclopedia material, but what I can do is give you a glimpse of each subset of routines, and leave you with my impression on some of them.

When it comes to the cleaning utilities, you get the chance to activate each one of them individually or as a group with the One-Click Scan option. This section will help you find unnecessary code (if you’re running on an Intel Mac you don’t need the PPC code sent with every universal app, and vice-versa), cache and log files, duplicated files in your computer, additional language packages installed, and old files within your system.

The One-Click Scan is a demanding operation, as it is with any intensive hard disk read action. This should probably not be used if you intend to get a general idea of how much space you can free up from some extra language packages. If that’s the case, you could use each cleaning tool separately from the others, and therefore save some time.

One-click scan

Finding duplicated files in my computer was by far the operation that took the longest time to finish, and the old files finder was the most useful for me since it located some unnecessary files I could get rid of, helping me recover some gigabytes of hard disk space.

Once you are done with your cleaning duties, you can get to the Standalone Tools of MacKeeper. Here, you’ll find incredibly useful tools you rarely get within the same apps that help you clean log files.

In the Standalone section, you can set backups, secure or encrypt files and folders (one of my favorites), configure default system apps, check your disk usage, set log-in items, securely erase and recover data, and uninstall application correctly from your operative system.

Wise uninstaller

Each one of those activities are performed in my system from different applications, installed from different websites, developed by different programmers, all of them with different user interfaces and unique ways of operating. Having them all inside one program is definitely an improvement for me.

The last subset of tools, Online Services, also incorporates interesting options for someone who wants to keep everything centralized and under control. With an anti-theft system (web-based, similar to mobile me), geek on demand (to help you solve any Mac-related problem), and the cloud-based disk storage solution (ZeoDisk), you get optional (and also paid) services to take your all-in-one experience even further.

The best way to get details on how each one of these utilities and services work is to visit the MacKeeper website and read what they have put there for you. I’d recommend watching the online video tutorials, and even trying the application using the 15-day trial demo.

How much does it cost?

You can get a MacKeeper lifetime license for US$39. [Update (8/12/10): Removed statement that online services are and additional $39.95. They are instead included in MacKeeper.] They also have different plans if you have more than one Mac, giving you the chance to save some money while getting all your computers covered.

Do I get something else?

If you are a registered use,r you can get online support 24/7. There’s a call center at your disposal, as well as my all-time favorite feature for requesting support, a built-in livechat.

I’ve tested the built-in livechat, and it works smoothly. My first attempt of getting online with a support consultant wasn’t successful; there was no one there. I wrote my question and I got no feedback whatsoever, but, when I opened the application the next day I found the answer to my question on the chat box, which was a pleasant surprise. I tried to get online again, and I had a nice experience this time from the online consultant.

If you want to get a license of MacKeeper and you don’t have the money to pay for it, you still have a chance. There’s a free license program for specific groups of customers, and some interesting promotions that show ZeoBIT is not only here for the money. If you represent an educational institution, a non-profit organization, a blog or a social account (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg etc.) with a large audience, you have the opportunity to get a MacKeeper account for free.

Is there any room for improvements?

When using the application, I found a couple of glitches when trying to removed some duplicate files, and a few improvement opportunities regarding the overall UI, as mentioned before. We shouldn’t forget this has still the BETA sticker floating on the web page header, so we have to expect updates soon, some to fix existing features and some to add new ones.

Final thoughts.

Keeping your Mac running at its best should be considered as a (maybe big) concept, even though it includes many different tasks. ZeoBIT gives you the option of treating your computer’s maintenance as a whole master duty that can be accomplished from a single application.

Trying to cover so many things within one single application is not an easy task. The group behind MacKeeper is giving it a shot, and I think they may have something unique between their hands. It will depend on how they play their cards and, as usual, the user’s response to their proposal.

I can’t wait to see what they bring on within the next couple of months when important updates are announced.

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  1. Just getting to the MacKeeper website gives you a positive feeling about this application, even if you don’t have a clear idea of what it does. MacKeeper’s website has the look-n-feel of a professionally designed site which invites you to find out more about what they’re promoting.

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  6. You should visit this web site: http://themacfeed.com/2010/05/review-mackeeper/

    I’m glad I visited the themacfeed site. All the other sites I have visited gave this program rave reviews. The themacfeed site was the only site that has information about the shortcomings of MacKeeper.

    I have a feeling that many of the reviews on some sites are posted by Zeobit LLC employees. Postings with different submitter names have the same text, word for word.

    I was thinking about getting the three or more computer license — one for my MacBook Pro (MOSX 10.6), my PowerMac G4 duo (MOSX 10.5), and my PowerMac G4 single (MOSX 10.4).

    I did not notice anything on the site to indicate it would not work on MOSX 10.4 or that it was an annual fee. As always, I assumed there would be an upgrade fee in the future as with most other programs. I guess I just saved the $88.95 I was about to spend.

    I did notice on their page that they have the longest money back guarantee — 365 days. But, after reading that people are having problems getting their money back, this statement is meaningless.

    ALWAYS VISIT SEVERAL REVIEW SITES BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE — SAVES TIME AND MONEY.

    YourMacFriend
  7. Even if you have slight idea what MacKeeper can mean, this application cannot leave you indifferent.

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  9. All Mac cleaning utility programs for Mac are good, but even they can have different errors. The best one is CleanMyMac.

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  14. Just getting to the MacKeeper website gives you a positive feeling about this application, even if you don’t have a clear idea of what it does. MacKeeper’s website has the look-n-feel of a professionally designed site which invites you to find out more about what they’re promoting.

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  15. My email to the company which makes MacKeeper Software:

    I downloaded MacKeeper, but I deleted the software before running it as I prefer software downloaded from the internet to have a trial period before purchase policy.

    After that date, I notice the advertisement of MacKeeper keep appearing on my screen which was a little strange, as this was the only software showing up most frequently.

    Now that I have upgraded my OS X, I do not see anymore of your advertising. I realise your company software installed Malware, so that you can keep bombarding me with advertisement. I see this being an attack of my basic right, hence I like to say this to you: That I will only purchase a copy of your product if (1) You permit an initial trial period of a month or more (2) You remove the Malware.

    Thank you
    H K Tan

    H K Tan
  16. I had a subscription a year ago and I renewed it about 3 months ago but was unable to use it on my MACBOOK AIR AND IT WOULD never complete the job on my MACBOOK PRO please send me instructions on how to get my 2 macs clean or refund what I have paid for ?

    MYRON SOFEN
  17. it would not download on my MacBook Pro ….
    What’s up with that?

    christopher
  18. I have a MacKeeper type of clean up program now it doesn’t show on my list. Do I ran out of it? Can you help me because I need to clean up my MacBookPro I see a lot of those rainbow pop ups on the screen. Thank you for your attention.

    Luis Sandoval
  19. Does a great deal of things, but not defrag and not S.M.A.R.T check, mostly slows your machine through anti virus checking 6/10. If your hd is slow get a SMART HD checker first, your HD maybe failing and DiskWarrior (Been around for 20+ years) will speed up your machine 100% more than MacKeeper with its patented HD rebuild feature

    Martyn Ford
  20. I don’t believe any of this. MacKeeper is the most obnoxious advertiser on the web and all the positive overhype from no-name reviewers will never persuade me to allow this crap on my Mac.

    Ronni Vanvoom
  21. DO NOT FALL FOR IT.
    MacKeeper is a terrible software and should never be installed on your computer. MacKeeper is supposed to make your computer faster by cleaning up the memory, the empty space on your hard drive, getting rid of the programs you don’t use anymore and some other cool stuff.
    BUT in reality what MacKeeper really does it that it will hold on your computer power and memory to slow it down until you pay for a license.

    T412
  22. what are stats for rating for this site

    Crosbie Bourdeaux
  23. Be warned this software is a malicious Mac malware. It will destroy your browser experience on line.

    Rupert Singleton
  24. Cleverbridge prétend que ma carte de crédit Maestercard est périmée !!
    Ce n’est pas le cas “valid 09.15″
    Mon paiement est donc refusé ????? Que faire ???

    Goblet
  25. Never Never Never leave us alone.

    Bob Cooley
  26. good

    Pritam Singh
  27. XD I love how half the comments are just quotes from the review… This review was obviously sponsored by MacKeeper, as well as all of those comments.

    Choctofliatrio
    • Can’t say from whom the comments are coming, but no, we don’t do sponsored reviews here at Technology Tell. This review is from 2010, and was for the downloadable, one-time purchase version of the software, not the current subscription-based plan that’s being pushed through the annoying pop-up ad campaign.

      Kirk Hiner
  28. i thank you all.

    SIMON MANYENGO