Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 42 42 people found this article helpful How to Remove MacKeeper Sometimes antivirus software does more harm than good by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on July 18, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email MacKeeper has been around, in various forms, for quite a while. It's marketed as a collection of utilities, apps, and services that keep your Mac clean, protected from viruses, and in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, many users find that MacKeeper causes more problems than it fixes. The product also came under fire for aggressive advertising and affiliate marketing. To make matters worse, the product was notorious for being difficult to uninstall. If you've decided it's time to uninstall MacKeeper, here's what you need to do. MacKeeper's reputation has improved significantly in recent years, adding more functionality to its software, offering a 14-day money-back guarantee, and backing off the aggressive marketing tactics. Prykhodov/iStockEditorial/GettyImagesPlus How to Remove MacKeeper Earlier versions of MacKeeper had a reputation for being difficult to uninstall, but uninstalling more recent versions is a straightforward process. If you're uninstalling an older version (before version 3.x), we offer some tips, as well. If you've used any of MacKeeper's encryption options to protect any files, be sure to use MacKeeper's Data Encryptor to decrypt all of your files before uninstalling the program. Quit MacKeeper by pressing Command+Q. In older versions, go to the MacKeeper menu and select Preferences > General. Uncheck the box for Show MacKeeper icon in menu bar. Now you'll be able to quit the program. Go to Go > Applications, and drag the MacKeeper icon to the Trash. Confirm that you want to uninstall the product, and enter your Mac admin password in the two notification boxes. An optional Uninstall Survey will open in your browser. Complete this if you'd like to give feedback, or simply ignore it. Right-click on the Trash icon and select Empty Trash. Confirm that you'd like to empty the Trash by selecting Empty Trash in the warning dialog box. Restart your Mac. Verify That MacKeeper Is Gone While all traces of MacKeeper should be gone, it's a good idea to verify that all associated files have been erased. If you uninstalled an older version of MacKeeper (prior to version 3.x), it's even more important to go through these steps to make sure no MacKeeper files are lurking around. After you restart your Mac, verify that the MacKeeper icon is no longer in the top menu bar. Go to Finder > Go > Home and make sure the MacKeeper Backups folder is gone. Go to Finder > Go > Go to Folder and search for the following directories to make sure they're gone: Library/Application Support/MacKeeperLibrary/Application Support/com.mackeeper.MacKeeperLibrary/Application Support/com.mackeeper.MacKeeperAgentLibrary/LaunchAgents/com.mackeeper.MacKeeperAgent.plistLibrary/Caches/com.mackeeper.MacKeeperLibrary/Caches/com.mackeeper.MacKeeperAgent If none of these directories are found, you can be certain that MacKeeper is gone. Clearing Safari of MacKeeper On its own, MacKeeper doesn't install any Safari extensions, but if you downloaded the app from a third party, you might experience unwanted popups. To correct this problem, remove any Safari extensions that may have been installed. Launch Safari while holding down the Shift key. This will open Safari to your home page. Select Preferences from the Safari menu. Select the Extensions icon. Remove any extensions that you're not familiar with. If you're not sure, remove the checkmark from the extension to keep it from loading. When you're done, quit Safari and launch the app normally. Safari should open without displaying any unwanted MacKeeper popups. Clear Your Keychain If you activated MacKeeper or created a user account at MacKeeper, then you likely have a keychain entry that stores your account password. Leaving this keychain entry behind won't cause any issues, but if you want to completely rid your Mac of any MacKeeper references, you should do the following: From Finder, select Go > Utilities. Double-click on Keychain Access to open it. Enter MacKeeper in the Search field. Delete any password matches that are found.