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warning Serious MacKeeper vulnerability found

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 7:21 AM EST

I have long advised against using MacKeeper for a variety of reasons (some of which can be found in Ongoing MacKeeper fraud). However, now there’s a new reason to avoid MacKeeper: it has been found to contain a serious vulnerability that can lead to remote code execution through the use of a malicious URL. In non-tech-speak, a hacker can create a link that will, if clicked, result in MacKeeper executing code embedded within the link! Such code could do things like wiping your hard drive clean, uploading data to a remote server, or downloading and installing malware.
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warning Ongoing MacKeeper fraud

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 AM EST

Controversy about MacKeeper has been around almost as long as MacKeeper has existed. It is one of the most aggressively-marketed products in the Mac world, and there are numerous accusations that it isn’t useful or even that it is fraudulent. At the same time, you will find a number of positive reviews out there. How do you know what’s true? In this article, I will make the case that MacKeeper, and the company behind it (ZeoBIT/Kromtech), are not to be trusted.
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Beware MacKeeper

Posted on August 26th, 2011 at 4:13 PM EST

This article has become rather outdated. Most notably, since it was written, Zeobit has sold MacKeeper to Kromtech. (Although it’s hard to tell, since still redirects to half a year later.) It’s anyone’s guess where MacKeeper will go from here, though I still believe that most of Mackeeper’s functions are either unnecessary or could be done better by free software. I am leaving this article in place mainly for historical record.
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