In this article, we will discuss “How to Uninstall Mackeeper from Mac?”. First, we will know a little about what actually a Mackeeper is? MacKeeper is actually a utility software suite for Mac OS X, which provides cleaning, security, and optimization tools. It is designed to make your Apple computer run faster. It has gained notoriety through deceptive marketing tactics, sometimes being called malware. So, here are the steps for the removal of MacKeeper from the Mac menu bar.
If you click on the MacKeeper menu in Mac’s menu bar you won’t find a Quit command, which might lead you to believe that it can’t be quit. Force-quitting doesn’t seem to work either.
And here are the steps to remove the MacKeeper icon from the menu bar are as follows:
- Launch the MacKeeper app in the Applications folder.
- Click on the MacKeeper menu and then select Preferences.
- Click on the General tab.
- And uncheck the box for Show MacKeeper icon in the menu bar.
Now you can quit MacKeeper. So, just choose Quit from the MacKeeper application menu or else press Command and Q button simultaneously.
How to Uninstall MacKeeper?
Now, coming on to our main topic of the article that is “How to uninstall MacKeeper?”
So, basically uninstalling Mackeeper from MAC is in a number of parts as we have to delete the Mackeeper from the Mac laptop or computer entirely. We have divided it into four parts. So, here are the steps which you can follow for uninstalling Mackeeper on MAC. Just have a look at those steps:
- The very first step is to go to the Applications folder on your Mac.
- And then drag the MacKeeper app to the Trash.
- You may be prompted for your administrator’s password. Enter the required password and then, click OK, and the MacKeeper app will be moved to the Trash.
- Another pop-up will appear that is very similar to the previous one. It asks if you are sure you want to uninstall MacKeeper then enter your password and then click OK.
Part 1: Remove Mackeeper from the menu bar
- The very first step is to open the Finder. It is a blue face icon present in your dock, which is the row of apps typically found at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on the applications. This option is particularly in the sidebar on the left side of the Finder window.
- Now open MacKeeper. It is a white and blue robot icon in the Applications folder.
- Click on Mackeeper. It is the left-most option in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. Doing so will invoke a drop-down menu.
- Click on preferences. This option should be towards the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- Click the General tab. It is near the top of the Preferences window.
- Uncheck the “Show MacKeeper icon in menu bar” box. This box is at the bottom of the General page. The MacKeeper icon will no longer display in the menu bar of your Mac’s screen.
- Close the Preferences window. And for doing so, click the red circle in the top-left corner of the window.
Part 2: Steps to Uninstall Mackeeper
- Click on Mackeeper which is present in the top-left corner of your Mac’s screen.
- Click the quit option. And by doing so, it will quit MacKeeper.
- Then click and drag the MacKeeper icon over to the Trash. The Trash app is on the far-right side of your Mac’s dock.
- The MacKeeper icon is in the same place (the Applications folder) as when you first opened it.
- Drop the MacKeeper in the trash. Simply removing your finger from the mouse will accomplish this. You would see a pop-up window from MacKeeper appear.
- It is quite possible that you may have to enter your administrator account password and click OK before the pop-up window appears.
- Click on the uninstall Mackeeper option. And it is present in the top-right corner of the pop-up window.
- Wait for MacKeeper to finish uninstalling. And once it does, the base program will be completely gone from your Mac; unfortunately, residual MacKeeper files can still impact your Mac use, so you will need to remove those after that.
Part 3: Deleting the Residual Files from Mac
So, here are certain steps to remove residual files from Mac. Look at the steps carefully:
- Again, re-open the Finder if you closed it.
- Then click the go menu item. It is in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
- Click on go to the menu option. This option is present at the bottom of the Go drop-down menu. Clicking it will invoke a text field.
- Type in library/ application/ support and then click on go. This command will take you to the Application Support folder, which is where the residual MacKeeper folder is stored.
- Locate the “MacKeeper Helper” folder. It is located somewhere in the Application Support folder.
- If you don’t see this folder in the Application Support folder, the process of uninstalling MacKeeper also deleted the folder.
- Use two fingers to click the “MacKeeper Helper” folder. Doing so will prompt a drop-down menu.
- You can also hold down the command and then click the folder to prompt this menu.
- Click on move to trash. This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- Click on the OK button when prompted. Doing so will remove this folder from the Application Support folder.
- Look for any remaining MacKeeper files. While the uninstall process typically removes most MacKeeper files, check the following locations for the pertaining files by using the Go to Folder function you used earlier:
- Library/ caches/ Delete the “com.mackeeper.MacKeeper” and/or “com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.Helper” file(s) if either of them is here. Library/ launch agents – Delete the “com. mackeeper.MacKeeper.Helper.plist” file if it’s here.
- Open Library/ launch daemons – Delete the “com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.plugin.AntiTheft.daemon.plist” file if it is here.
- Use two fingers to click the Trash. Then suddenly a pop-up menu will appear. Then click on the empty trash option. It is an option on the pop-up menu.
- And then finally click empty trash when prompted. This will remove your Mac of all files stored in the Trash, which includes the MacKeeper folders too.
Part 4: Uninstall Mackeeper from safari
- Open Safari if it isn’t already open. This will allow you to change your Safari settings from the menu bar.
- If Safari is open but overflowing with ads, you can force-quit it by pressing “command+ option+ ESC” simultaneously and then clicking Safari in the pop-up menu and clicking the Force Quit option available. You would then hold down shift while opening Safari in order to prevent the ads from appearing on your current tab.
- And then click on safari. This menu item is there in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Click for preferences. It is there toward the top of the drop-down menu.
- Click the extension tab. This option is near the top-right side of the Preferences window.
- If you see a message that says “Extensions can be enabled in the Develop menu” here, click the Advanced tab to the right and then click the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” box. This will force your extensions to display in the Extensions tab.
- Remove any extensions you didn’t personally install. One of MacKeeper’s more nefarious alterations to your system comes in the form of extensions it adds without your permission. To remove an extension, select it by clicking it, then click Remove.
- Click the privacy tab. It is to the left of the Extensions tab you’re currently on.
- Click the search bar and type in Mac. The search bar is in the upper-right side of the Privacy tab; typing “mac” in here will scan for any cookies that start with “mac“, which will most likely comprise of MacKeeper cookies.
- Tap on remove all. It is present on the bottom-left side of the Privacy tab. Doing so will remove any MacKeeper temporary browsing files from your Safari browser, thereby preventing MacKeeper ads from disrupting your browsing experience.
- Restart your Mac. To do so, click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and then click Restart…. and when your computer restarts, you will not see any MacKeeper announcements or advertising on your Mac’s desktop or within the Safari browser.
So, after following all the steps and all those distributed parts, you will definitely get rid of the Mackeeper from your Mac laptops or Computer. And hence you have successfully uninstalled the Mackeeper from you MAC.