Dec 022012
 

Before you read this Mackeeper Review, I want to assure you that I’ve bought Mackeeper myself and used it for an extended period of time. This review is based on my experience with Mackeeper and in this review, I’ll show you how Mackeeper can save you hundreds of dollars and actually make your Mac much more faster and cleaner. Mackeeper consists 16 different utilities and these utilities are worth more than $500 if you buy them individually. Just for an example, Mackeeper can recover deleted files from your Mac and If you buy a data recovery software separately, that would alone cost nearly $100 while a full license of Mackeeper costs only $40. This is not a false claim and anybody having two eyes can understand what I’m saying.

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escription: Mackeeper 16 Powerful Utilities
Operating System: Macintosh
Version: 2.2.12
Downloads: 37,376
Review Last Updated: January, 11, 2013
Consumer Rating: 5 Star Rating

Mackeeper is a very powerful as well as useful utility for your Mac. Mackeeper can recover deleted files as well as protect your computer from harmful Viruses and Trojans. Mackeeper can protect your computer from malicious Mac viruses and It is rated as #1 antivirus software for Mac. You can use Mackeeper on your Intel or PowerPC Mac and It also works perfectly with Mac Lion.  Mackeeper is completely safe and when It is running, you won’t notice even a very slight impact on your Mac’s performance. I’m breaking down this review in various sub-headings and also including latest screenshots so that you can see actually what’s up with Zeobit’s Mackeeper.

Installation of Mackeeper

Installing Mackeeper is very straightforward and you don’t need to sweat at all to get the software up and running. When you download the software, you’ll get a small installer file (approx. 370 KB) and once you run that file, actual installer file of Mackeeper will be downloaded directly from Zeobit’s servers and installation wizard is fully automated. Here are the screenshots from the installation wizard :

Mackeeper Installation Steps
Mackeeper Installation Steps
Mackeeper Installation Steps

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After installing, Mackeeper will automatically add itself to applications as well as you can run it from your Mac’s desktop. It shows up as a Bodybuilder’s icon on desktop. Now I’ll tell you more about each and every aspect of the software, what it does and you can see If its features are exactly what you are looking for. Mackeeper consists 16 different very useful utilities and I’m describing all of these utilities one by one. If you’ve any questions about anything, feel free to post a comment here and I’ll personally respond to that.  I’ve actually bought Mackeeper and here is the activation screen I got :

Mackeeper Activation

Please note that Internet Security and Anti-Theft features of Mackeeper are not installed by default. You need to install both these modules by clicking a button in Mackeeper and It doesn’t cost anything additional. Installing Antivirus and Anti-Theft is not essential and you can use Mackeeper without installing both modules. However, both modules are very useful and we highly recommend installing them so that you can protect your Mac from viruses.

1. Internet Security

Internet Security is probably the most needed feature of Mac. Last year, a fake antivirus product had attacked lots of Mac computers and Mackeeper’s antivirus engine can block those attacks easily. This module of Mackeeper blocks malicious websites automatically and protects hackers and spammers from taking control over your Mac. Mackkeeper uses several databases to keep track of known bad websites and when you are browsing the web using Safari (or any other web browser) and visit a malicious website coincidentally,  Mackeeper blocks the malicious website from opening and thus saves your Mac from any harmful activities.

Mackeeper Anti Virus

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If you want to block certain websites on your Mac, you need to compile a list of websites you want to block and simply paste the list inside Mackeeper so that those websites are not accessible anymore.

2. Anti-Theft

Your actually never know when your Mac can get stolen especially If you leave your Mac inside your car or travel frequently in buses or trains. Mackeeper’s Anti-Theft feature is very useful in this regard. You might be wondering about how it works and here it is :

A)  First of all, when you install Mackeeper, you need to make sure that Anti-Theft is installed in Mackeeper and you’ve actually activated this feature.

Mackeeper Anti Theft

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B)      Once your Mac gets stolen, you need to Log In into your Zeobit’s Mackeeper account online, navigate to Anti-Theft and hit a button named “Mac Was Stolen”.

C)      As soon as the thief runs your Mac and goes online, Mackeeper will automatically take a Snapshot of the thief and his location as well as the Internet Connection he is using.  You can use this report to locate the thief or hand over this information to police for further investigation. What else can be better than having a Snapshot of the thief?

 3. Data Encryptor

If you share your Mac with someone or your want to protect some files on mac so that nobody can view them, Data Encryptor is a wonderful utility to protect your private files and folders so that nobody else can have access to them. For instance, If you’ve saved your banking passwords, credit card information and other vital information on your Mac, you surely want to protect it so that nobody else can view those. Data Encryptor makes your files invisible on your Mac and nobody can find them even by using Finder or Terminal.

To use Data Encryptor, first you need to create a password for Data Encrypter module in Mackeeper. After creating a password for the Data Encryptor, you need to drag and drop the files or folders you want to protect in Data Encryptor’s work area. You can also use “Add” button to add files/folders you want to make invisible. You can also use AES-128 or AES-256 bit encryption to make this more secure. Create a password and click “Hide” button. The lock will close and the files will not be visible to anyone.

Mackeeper Data Encryptor

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Next time, when you want to see those hidden files and folders again, you’ll need to Log In into Mackeeper’s Data Encryption module and unlock the folders you had locked. That’s it!

4. File Recovery

The name says everything itself! If you’ve accidentally deleted files from your Mac and even emptied the trash, you can still recover those files on mac using File Recovery module of Mackeeper. Data Recovery products alone cost way more than Mackeeper’s total price!

In Mackeeper, click on File Recovery option,  select the partition where your files were located before deletion. Now click “Start Scan” button. Mackeeper file show you a list of files you can recover.

Mackeeper File Recovery

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You can also recover deleted files from USB Hard Drivers, Pen Drivers, Memory cards and the list goes on. Please keep in mind that recovering deleted files on Mac also depends on how long ago those files were deleted from the Trash Bin. If the files were deleted a long time ago (say A Month) then It is somewhat likely that those files are now overwritten by another files and thus the recovery option won’t be able to retrieve those files anymore. If you’re looking to recover the files you’ve just deleted (or a few days before), you can be almost certain that File Recovery option will easily recover those deleted files for you.

5. Backup

You can use this module to create reserve copies of your important files and folders to a USB Flash Drive, a External hard disk or FTP. This utility is specially useful If you have some important documents you frequently edit and you want to make sure that you’ve backups of them in case something happens.

To use this module, all you need to do is, drag the files you want to backup in Mackeeper’s Backup module and select If you want to backup the document manually or automatically. You can also select the default backup location and the three most recent back ups of the file will be reserved automatically on the scheduled time.

6. Shredder

Shredder is a very powerful utility to delete your files permanently so that even specialized recovery software can not recover those files again. For example, say you are selling your old Mac computer to someone and you want to delete the files beyond recovery, then this tool is the perfect one. You can also use it to delete files which you don’t want anyone to recover anyhow from your Mac.

If you simply delete the files from your Mac and put them into trash and empty the trash, please be aware that those files are not actually gone. They can still be recovered by using a specialized data recovery software. To delete files beyond recovery,  just drag and drop the files you want to delete permanently into Mackeeper’s Shredder work area. Click “Shred” button and that’s it.

Mackeeper Shredder

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Please keep in mind that this operation is irreversible so think several times before shredding a document as you won’t be able to recover it later by any means.

7. Fast Cleanup

Fast Cleanup is a very useful tool to free up some hard disk space on your Mac. Although disk space is hardly a problem these days but in case you need to free up some additional hard disk space, you can use this utility. This feature includes 4 different drive cleanup utilities :

A) Binaries cutter

This removed unneeded parts of applications without harming their functionality.

B) Languages cutter

This removes unused language files from applications.

C) Logs cleaner

Removes log files which are not actually useful for a Mac user and not essential  to run Mac.

 D) Cache cleaner.

Removes cached files by the system.

Mackeeper Fast Cleanup Utility

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You can enable or disable any cleaner module by dragging a slider. If disk space is not a problem for you, this feature is not very useful.

8. Duplicates Finder

This module of Mackeeper will search the entire hard drive to locate multiple instances of same files which are taking up the disk space. You can decide If you want to keep the duplicate items or simply remove them from your Mac. You need to click Duplicate Finder and then scan the Mac for identical files.

Mackeeper Duplicate Files Finder

You can also find the duplicates in a particular folder. For example, you have a Photos folder and you want to find duplicate photos in that folders. You can simply select that folder and find duplicate files automatically. Duplicate finder can find the duplicate files even If you’ve renamed them. You can also add folders you want to ignore during scanning. Make sure that you review the duplicate items carefully before you remove them.

9. Files Finder

Files Finder is similar to searching files on your Mac using finder. File Finder utility of Mackeeper allows user to view only the select files types like videos, music or other. You can create your own preset custom filters to find the files that matches a certain criteria. You can also add more filter options to find the files quickly and easily.

Mackeeper Files Finder

10.   Disk Usage

Disk usage tool scans all the folders and marks them with different colors depending on the file size. For example, If you don’t know which files are taking so large space of your hard disk, you can use this utility to determine the disk usage.

Files less than 1 MB are marked green.
Files more than 1MB but less than 1 GB are Yellow.
Files between 1 and 10 gigabytes are Orange
All larger than 10 Gigabyes are Red.

Mackeeper Disk Usage Tools

You can adjust the colors and file sizes according to your desire in preferences. You can also delete the files If you want to or locate them in Finder and move them to any other volume on your hard disk. This tool is very useful to locate the larger files which might be deep inside your documents and you don’t exactly remember their location. You can use this tool to locate those files and actually remove them If you don’t need them anymore.

11. Smart Uninstaller

Smart Uninstaller is a very useful utility of Mackeeper to remove widgets, applications, preference panes and plugins. To start using this you need to click on Mackeeper’s Preferences. Now click the “Advanced” tab and check “Show System Applications in Smart Uninstaller”.

Mackeeper Smart Un-installer

Now select Smart Un-installer and click on “Scan” button to see all the installed apps. The benefits of Smart Uninstaller is, It fully removes the applications and all the associated files completely. It doesn’t leave anything behind and thus saves disk space.

There is also a section called “LeftOvers”. This section shows remnants of applications which you un-installed previously. It means that If you un-installed an application even before installing Mackeeper and there are left overs, Mackeeper will detect them and show to you so that you can remove the unnecessary files from your Mac completely.

12. Update Tracker

Update Tracker is an absolutely amazing utility which tells you about the latest versions of all applications installed on your Mac. When Update Tracker scans your computer, It marks up-to-date applications with Green color and outdated applications with Red Color. For outdated applications, It also shows the version installed on your computer and the version which is available now.

Mackeeper Update Tracker

You can update individual applications as well as all the applications at once. You can also add applications to the favorite list so they get updated frequently. Some applications will get downloaded automatically while for some other applications, you might need to download and update them manually.

13. Login items

Login Items shows all the applications which launch with start-up of your Mac. The more applications launching upon the System Login makes your Mac slower. You can remove the unwanted start-up applications using this utility and make your Mac run pretty much faster as the number of background process running will be lesser.

Mackeeper Login Items

You can also add an application to Login Items If you want to. Adding an application to Mac Startup is very straightforward and you can easily do that.

14. Default Apps

Default Apps module shows the associations between your files and particular applications which open those files. In this module, you can see the default applications for each file type and change them If necessary.

Mackeeper Default Application Associations

Sometimes when you install a new application, It changes the file associations automatically. For example, you view your Pictures with “Preview” regularly and after installing another photo editing application,  that particular application is now opening your pictures. You now want to change this and this is what Default Apps is meant for. You can change the way how a file opens by default and you can choose any application for a particular file type.

15. Geek on Demand

Geek on Demand is an enhanced support service that gives MacKeeper and non-MacKeeper related answers to any technical questions. The service is free for licensed users of the software and you can ask for technical assistance for many topics. You can also use Live Chat feature built within Mackeeper to chat with 24/7 live operators to resolve your queries within a few minutes.

Mackeeper Geek on Demand, Live Support

Frankly, getting good support is probably the most important thing I personally consider before buying a product or service and Mackeeper handles it very well. All the questions are answered instantly and I’m not sure what else can be best. This is the most fantastic support I’ve seen from a software company.

16. Zeodisk

Zeodisk feature is currently in development and I asked support about when they are going to release it. They gave an estimate of about 4 weeks and probably It might take a bit more time. Sooner or later Zeobit is releasing this feature which will allow mac keeper users to store their files online like a Clound storage. More details on this feature will be revealed once this goes live.

Mackeeper Zeodisk

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Mackeeper is an extremely wonderful software and does lots of things for a very very small price. If you own a Mac, you must own Mackeeper, that’s what I can say about this software. Contrary to what I thought, this software doesn’t slow down Mac at all. It will run in background and you’ll hardly notice it. You can close it down If you want and everything is very flexible. I highly recommend Mackeeper for every Mac user.

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