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Apple security program, MacKeeper, celebrates difficult birthday

Jeremy Kirk | May 6, 2015
MacKeeper, a utility and security program for Apple computers, celebrated its fifth birthday in April. But its gift to U.S. consumers who bought the application may be a slice of a $2 million class-action settlement.

Avira's free Mac AV product "includes updates and real-time protection," the labs noted.

Other MacKeeper tools already have an equivalent in OS X. MacKeeper's file shredder tool, listed as a $10 value, replicates "secure empty trash," built into OS X. The "default apps" tool, is similar to Apple's Finder.

When asked about the duplication, Fowler contended that MacKeeper is designed to provide one interface for utilities for less technical people that aren't familiar with Apple computers.

Kromtech continues to market the program aggressively and participated at the Macworld conference last year and the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas. Over five years, 20 million copies of MacKeeper have been sold, Kromtech claims.

But ZeoBIT's proposed settlement over MacKeeper doesn't include Kromtech as a released party, which means it could be targeted by future lawsuits.

Edelson PC, a technology focused law firm that filed the suit, said it could not comment.


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