MacKeeper Removal

Now you know what MacKeeper is, but you managed to install it and now you want to get rid of it. There’s a few ways to go about getting rid of it, depending on what was actually installed. If you downloaded the application straight from the website, the uninstall will be extremely simple; however, people usually find themselves having installed a publication of the app that comes bundled with adware and is increasingly difficult to completely remove. Here are some guidelines.

Before you start, if you used MacKeeper to encrypt your data, you need to decrypt it first. This is very important, otherwise you won’t be able to access this data after you complete the uninstallation.

 

Standard uninstall:

Open Finder and navigate to “Applications.” Find MacKeeper in the list and drag it to the trash can on the dock. Follow uninstall instructions. Empty trashcan. Reboot. Done.

MacKeeper received a lot of negative press because their earlier versions were very difficult to install. If you downloaded the most recent, untampered version, the uninstall is simple as that. (If you managed to install MacKeeper from 2012 to earlier, refer here for uninstall directions)

If you tried the standard install and MacKeeper is still there, had errors uninstalling or you’re continuing to get pop up ads, try the following.

Extended uninstall:

There are two ways to go about the extended uninstall. Automatically, with an application specifically targeted to remove adware, or manually deleting files associated with the adware.

Adware Medic(formerly AdMedic) is a simple, free application that scans your files and deletes those associated with adware. Simply select the option to “Scan for Adware” and once completed, Adware Medic will present to you a list of files associated with adware. You then can delete the offending files, reboot, and you’re good to go.

If you’d rather not rely on some other software for whatever reason, you can navigate to the files within Finder and just delete them yourself. The downside to this is that adware is always changing and finding new locations or new names to be installed under. You also run the risk of potentially deleting important system files, so use this method AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you are not comfortable identifying and deleting system files, stick with using the Adware Medic application.

The adware that sometimes gets bundled with MacKeeper is referred to as the VSearch trojan.

Start with deleting the following files:

/Library/LaunchAgents/com.vsearch.agent.plist

/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.daemon.plist

/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.helper.plist

/Library/LaunchDaemons/Jack.plist

Empty the trash can and reboot the computer, and then delete the following files:

/Library/Application Support/VSearch

/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack

/System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework

~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin

Empty, reboot. Go to your browser plugins for Safari and whatever other internet browsers installed on your system. Remove any extensions that are unfamiliar to you, or that contain “Spigot,” “Trovi,” or “Conduit” in their names. Empty trash, reboot and your system is good to go. If there are still pop ups, there is likely something more going on in your system. Feel free to comment here or post in Apple support if you need further assistance.