Securolytics Eliminates MacKeeper Adware

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Securolytics Web Security detects attempted communication by MacKeeper software and related toolbars.  We thought it would be useful to provide a description of how MacKeeper works to illustrate how Securolytics Web Security protects our customers from having “Potentially Unwanted Programs” like MacKeeper introduced into their systems.

What is MacKeeper

MacKeeper is a program that claims to provide a suite of more than a dozen individual utilities that are supposed to improve the performance and stability of your Mac — antivirus software, optimization software, junk removal tools. It can be downloaded directly from the MacKeeper website or bundled into the installation of programs such as download managers, PDF creators and video streaming software.

How does it work?

MacKeeper makes multiple system library folder changes during installation enabling it to run continuously in the background. Users are prompted to run system scans for problems such as system errors and junk files. The severity of most of these problems is exaggerated. Problems found by MacKeeper can only be fixed if a license is purchased at a cost of up to $40. It should be noted that there are many legitimate programs that provide these functions and will fix legitimate problems for free.

MacKeeper is also known to do the following on computers where it is installed:

– Adds browser toolbars that slowdown system performance

– Installs additional adware programs

– Modifies search engine settings that display inaccurate results

– Redirects browser to various sites that can results in malware infection

– Compiles user’s personal data which may be communicated to cyber scammers

Sample MacKeeper Installation

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Securolytics Web Security Protects Customers from Unwanted Program Communication

The ability of Securolytics Web Security to prevents download and communication by “Potentially Unwanted Programs” such as MacKeeper provides an additional layer of defense so your systems remain protected.  You will also be alerted when these communication attempts are detected so you can remove them from the systems where they are installed.

Allan Bartlett | CISSP | Senior Security Engineer | Securolytics

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