If your Mac has begun to slow down, and is freezing up occasionally then you may have considered getting a cleaning program to restore your Mac’s speed. Mackeeper is currently the number one product on the market for not only solving and fixing slowness and performance issues, but also for keeping your Mac secure, reliable, and safe.

To determine whether this program is as beneficial as it sounds we have downloaded, and run MacKeeper, while also taking note of its key functions, performance, and overall bottom line on whether it is a program worth getting. Since MacKeeper has over 15 utilities, this review will focus on the features that are used the most by Mac owners.

Installation

Like most Mac OS X software, MacKeeper is easy and quick to install. The system requirement for MacKeeper states that it can be downloaded for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Unlike most software programs, MacKeeper gives you a fully functional free trial version. It takes an amazing 5 minutes or less for the program to download, install, and run a quick cleanup that removed several gigabytes worth of junk from our Mac’s hard drive.

MacKeeper’s Interface

When you first install MacKeeper it starts for you automatically bringing you to its main page. Here you find an easy to use, easy to understand, and nice to look at layout. On the left you have a list of options including all of its program features and tasks. Once you choose the task you want you begin the task with a simple click of your mouse, and in less than 2 minutes your task is done. On the right side of the screen you can see a short description of what a particular program feature does, along with a link to the manual, and tutorial.

Features and Support

One of the things that stands out the most with this product is that it includes over 16 different tasks and programs, in one relatively small 7mb package. MacKeeper is thus a great alternative to downloading all of these utilities separately, especially since they would take up more space than MacKeeper does. It also includes a 24/7 support team. Trying it out for review purposes, I have never experienced such a fast response when dealing with a technical issue.
MacKeeper Includes The Following Tools:

What to Do

  • About Your System
  • Security
  • Data Control
  • Cleaning
  • Optimization
  • Geek On Demand
How to Do it

  • Status, System Scan
  • Antivirus and Anti-theft
  • Data Encryptor, Undelete, Shredder, Backup, ZeoDisk
  • Fast Clean*, Duplicate Finder, File Finder, Disk Usage, Uninstaller
  • Update Tracker, Login Items, Default Apps,
  • Get or Schedule Help: 24/7 live phone system, chat, or email.

*Fast Clean includes four more tasks: Binaries Cutter, Cache Cleaner, Language Cutter, Logs Cleaner

Cleaning

One of MacKeepers most used features are the Cleaning tools. Of these, fast cleanup is frequently used due to its speedy cleanup feature of cleaning four areas at once, including a binary cutter, a cache cleaner, a language cutter, and a logs cleaner. When running the Fast Cleanup for the first time, over 4GB of unnecessary data was eliminated from my Mac’s system. After running just this one process my Mac was running great, which is so encouraging that you promptly go into using the rest of its cleaning features.

Optimization

Some things you may forget to do with your Mac to keep its system running in peak condition, such as keeping your programs updated, and your login items kept to a minimum, can be done with MacKeeper. With MacKeeper you can easily update your programs and even set it up so that they will all update automatically. Using its login tool you can see and manage what things are opened when you’re logging in to your Mac. By limiting these to only the necessary ones, you will optimize your Mac’s system.

Anti-Virus / Anti-Theft

When compared to other anti-virus software, MacKeeper matched or beat all of their features, including Norton Antivirus. An added benefit to MacKeeper that most of the other anti-virus programs didn’t have, was that it could work as an anti-virus for Windows, and it could find your Mac if it was stolen. With MacKeepers anti-virus program able to protect both Mac OS X and Windows OS, you get a great bonus if you’re using a program like Parallel to use Windows on Mac.

Performance

MacKeeper performed well, even while my Mac’s resources were being stretched to their limits. Its quickness at completing a particular task is actually quite stunning. If you are like most Mac users, and have sought out MacKeeper due to a slow Mac and you want to give it a thorough cleaning, you will be happily surprised by how quickly your Mac will be running smooth and fast. In fact, using just one of MacKeepers cleaning tools on my Mac that had the spinning wheel popping up quite often, made it run smoother and faster.

Conclusion

MacKeeper is a full-scale system utility that can scan and report on the many components and operations on your Mac. Most of the utilities are very useful, and even necessary to keep your Mac running well. MacKeeper’s simple layout is easy for beginners to use and understand. As an all-in-one utility MacKeeper can help you keep your Mac clutter free, and make a slow Mac run like new again.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for tools that will help you keep you maintain and clean your Mac, then you can’t do better than MacKeeper.

Besides its great performance and features, the major advantage to having MacKeeper is that you can download this one program and not have several single applications cluttering up your Mac’s hard drive. Once ZeoDisk is added, which is an independent backup for your Mac.


 
Editor 

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 

 

50 Kimberly Carver


Kimberly Carver is a trained Mac Specialist/Expert. Trained both in school and on the job she continues to educate herself about Macs at every opportunity she gets. Kim’s official training and areas of expertise include: Mac specialist, AOL IT Tech, certified paralegal, research specialist, and licensed private investigator.