How 13 Million Apple Mac Owners Could Be Victims Of Identity Theft

How 13 Million Apple Mac Owners Could Be Victims Of Identity Theft
How 13 Million Apple Mac Owners Could Be Victims Of Identity Theft

Many Mac users think the popular application “Mackeeper” is recommended by Apple–but it’s not. In fact, Mackeeper is often marketed and installed using what some consider to be unethical means–even going so far as to call the application malware itself.

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably seen countless MacKeeper ads that often appear as annoying “pop-under” ads on websites, telling people to clean their Macs. Their ads push for Apple Mac owners to purchase extra protection against viruses or malware–This is not actually coming from Apple.

Recently, Mackeeper was infiltrated by a supposedly friendly hacker who was able to access a database containing some 13 million customer records without a username or password. MacKeeper is supposed to offer users extra security on their Apple Macs, but it’s now evident that it also failed to protect their personal data in more ways than one.

Mackeeper did say that it was in the process of upgrading their security protocols and they claim to have taken more precautions and safeguarded customer information. Mackeeper stated no malicious hackers were able to find the leak; however, some are concerned that we may not know if this is actually the case for some time.

While we don’t have enough information to call MacKeeper a definite and current threat, we have our concerns and we’re making sure it’s removed from our machines.

How To Uninstall MacKeeper From Your Mac

Mackeeper has made several different versions of its software and seems simple to install. The truth is that trying to remove it from your Mac operating system is not as straightforward.

Removing a Mac app should never be more than simply dragging it into the Trash and emptying it. You won’t find a Quit command on the Mackeeper menu, which might lead you to believe that it can’t be quit. Force-quitting doesn’t seem to work either. Here is quick step by step guide on how to uninstall Mackeeper from your Mac:

  1. Launch the MacKeeper app in the Applications folder and then quit it. (If this is your first time running it, you don’t have to activate MacKeeper or sign on for any of its services. Just choose Quit from the MacKeeper application menu.)
  2. Drag the MacKeeper app to the trash. (You may be prompted for your administrator’s password. Enter it and the MacKeeper app will move to the trash and a window will pop up and offer to uninstall the rest of its components.)
  3. Click the Uninstall MacKeeper button.

This should remove most of the files Mackeeper placed on your hard drive. Although the window tells you that all MacKeeper-related processes will be deleted, there may still be  traces of the software on your computer.

One Last Removal Step

To make sure Mackeeper is completely off of your operating system, you have to remove one final item that requires a bit more guidance. Follow these steps to remove the Mackeeper Helper Folder by visiting this location:

  1. Library/Application Support. (To access this Library folder hold down the Option key and, in the Finder, choose Go > Library.)
  2. Inside this MacKeeper Helper folder is a NoticeEngine.plugin file. Go ahead and toss the MacKeeper Helper folder and this file will disappear right along with it.
  3. Empty the trash, restart your Mac, and MacKeeper will be gone.

If the Mackeeper Help Folder isn’t there, that’s a good thing. It’s only bad if the folder is still there.

 

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