How to get rid of MacKeeper

Some Mac’s user is having difficulty with MacKeeper, and really desperate asking about how to uninstall MacKeeper from their Mac.

So now, let’s finish this problem and get rid the MacKeeper of from your Mac.

In this few years, some versions of mackeeper is actually quite easy to uninstall but the whole uninstall process is not really easy to understand. Mackeeper’s menu in the Mac’s menu bar doesn’t have “quit” option, so it might let you to think that you can’t stop or quit the Mackeeper. Even force-quitting doesn’t seem to do well.

So, what you have to do to stop the MacKeeper? Firstly, launch the mackeeper app in the applications folder, there you can quit the MacKeeper. (If this is your first time running it, choose Quit from the MacKeeper application menu directly.)

After that, you can drag the Mackeeper app to the trash. Mac probably will ask your administrator’s password, enter it and the app will move to trash and a new window will be showed up and offering you to uninstall the rest components of mackeeper. Click the Uninstall MacKeeper button, at this step, a new window will be showed up asking about the reason you delete it, don’t remind this, just choose it randomly. This should delete most of the files MacKeeper placed on your hard drive.


But not the entire files, usually one folder might still in your hard drive although the window tells that all MacKeeper-related processes will be deleted.

This one folder that still exist is a MacKeeper Helper folder. It exist in : ~/Library/Application Support. (access the Library folder by hold down the Option key and, in the Finder, choose Go > Library.) MacKeeper Helper folder contains a NoticeEngine.plugin file. Go to the folder and get rid the MacKeeper Helper folder and this file will disappear automatically. Empty the trash, restart your Mac, and MacKeeper will be gone. But if you don’t find the MacKeeper Helper folder, it’s okay—it’s only a bad luck if you find it.

Here’s  a few more places to check if the uninstall processes are finished well or not. The most recent version of MacKeeper  (3.7, build 979) is doing a good job in the uninstall processes, but it’s still good to double-check, right?

  • ~/Library/Caches/com.mackeeper.MacKeeper
  • ~/Library/Caches/com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.Helper
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.Helper.plist
  • ~/Library/Application Support/MacKeeper Helper
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.mackeeper.MacKeeper.plugin.AntiTheft.daemon.plist

Now just empty the Trash and you will not have the mackeeper no more.

Pop go the pop-ups

For you who get the MacKeeper from the third party, maybe you will see a lot of pop-up and pop-under ads in your browser. it’s possible you aren’t seeing a ton of pop-up and pop-under ads in your browser. These ads are quite annoying for you but you can make it gone.

First, quit Safari. Already press Command-Q but a bunch of pop-ups keep appearing that don’t go away when you click OK or Cancel, then you have to force-quit Safari by pressing Command-Option-Escape, choosing Safari in the list, and clicking Force Quit. But if you relaunch Safari the normally, those pop-ups will come back, so if this happen you have to launch it while holding down Shift to prevent the last session’s windows from simply reloading.

Now lets take a look on extensions and cookies MacKeeper that has stashed on your system. In Safari, go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions, and remove anything that you don’t installed. Next, pop over the Privacy tab, and click Remove All Website Data, or click the smaller Details button, and search for MacKeeper to delet only MacKeeper’s cache and cookies.

In Chrome, go to Chrome > Preferences, then click Extensions in the menu on the left. If you see extensions you didn’t install, click the trash can icon to the right to delete it. In the Settings menu, scroll down and click Advanced Settings, then click the Clear Browsing Data under the Privacy heading. In the pop-up menu, check the box for “Cookies and other site and plugin data,” and click the “Clear browsing data” button.

The easy way

Still not help you to delete MacKeeper, try this one Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, a new version of the trusted AdwareMedic utility that scans your Mac for known adware. Run a scan and check the boxes that you want to delete. It’ll find the MacKeeper app and all its parts wherever they are on your system.

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