Have you tried to open a well-known page and found that your browser is redirected to a previously unseen site called Mackeeper? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your Apple Mac OS can be affected by an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of potentially unwanted software that modifies your machine’s web browser settings so that you will be randomly rerouted to various intrusive advertisements. You need to perform the guide below as soon as possible It will clean your machine from the ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove Mackeeper pop up ads. Moreover, the few simple steps will allow you to protect your Mac system from other undesired ads and potentially unwanted programs.
While your Apple Mac is affected with the ‘ad supported’ software, the Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari may be re-directed to Mackeeper ads. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Mac system, but it may show a huge number of unwanted advertisements. These advertisements will be injected within the content of sites that are you opening in your web browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software.
What is more, the adware that displays annoying Mackeeper popup ads, may show advertisements depend on a web page that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this adware, without your permission, steals your confidential info such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The worst is, the ‘ad supported’ software may monetize its functionality by gathering confidential info from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your privacy data at a security risk.
We suggest to get rid of the adware that causes browsers to show undesired Mackeeper pop up ads, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources that may load other unwanted software on your Mac.
Remove Mackeeper pop up ads
In the tutorial below, we’ll try to cover the Chrome, Firefox and Safari and provide general advice to delete Mackeeper popup ads. You may find some minor differences in your Mac OS install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: uninstall all suspicious and unknown applications, reset browsers settings, use free malicious software removal utilities, run AdBlocker. Some of the steps will require you to restart your Apple Mac or exit this web-page. So, read this guide carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Mackeeper popup, perform the following steps:
- Manual Mackeeper pop-up advertisements removal
- How to delete Mackeeper redirect with free software
- How to stop Mackeeper pop up ads
- Do not know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Mackeeper pop-up ads?
- To sum up
Manual Mackeeper pop-up advertisements removal
The useful removal guidance for the Mackeeper pop-up ads. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Mackeeper redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Removing the Mackeeper, check the list of installed applications first
The best way to start the machine cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious programs. Using the Finder you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari from advertisements, hijackers and so on.
Open Finder and click Applications.
Look for unknown and suspicious software, right click to it and select Move to Trash or drag the application from the Applications folder to the Trash. Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Get rid of Mackeeper ads from Safari
If you find that Safari web-browser settings like homepage, newtab page and search engine by default having been modified by adware which made to reroute your browser to various ad web sites such as Mackeeper, then you may return your settings by the following procedure.
Click Safai menu and select Preferences.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the Extensions tab. Look for unknown and suspicious extensions on left panel, select it, then click on the Uninstall button.Most important to remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click General tab. Change the Default Search Engine to Google.
Find the Homepage and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Remove Mackeeper ads from Google Chrome
Run the Reset browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings like new tab page, homepage and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web browser redirects to unwanted ad sites such as Mackeeper ads.
- First, start the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Mackeeper pop ups from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your FF is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser application, including the redirect to Mackeeper site.
Launch the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The FF will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware which developed to redirect your web browser to various ad web pages such as Mackeeper. Once, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
How to delete Mackeeper redirect with free software
In order to completely remove Mackeeper ads, you not only need to delete adware from your PC, but also remove all its components in your personal computer. We recommend to download and run free removal tools to automatically clean your computer of adware that causes web browsers to display undesired Mackeeper pop ups.
Run Malwarebytes to remove Mackeeper pop-up ads
You can remove Mackeeper advertisements automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We advise this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily delete browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the link below and save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your Mac. Run it and follow the prompts.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple annoying Mackeeper popup ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your Mac system and the speed of your computer. While the tool is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
Once the system scan is complete, you’ll be opened the list of all found threats on your computer. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes Free will delete adware that redirects your internet browser to undesired Mackeeper ads and add items to the Quarantine. Once the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the machine.
How to stop Mackeeper pop up ads
We recommend to install an ad-blocking application that can stop Mackeeper ads and other unwanted web sites. The ad blocking utility like AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the Net and blocks access to malicious pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocker software is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link. Save it to your Mac so that you can access the file easily.
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When the downloading process is finished, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the Mac screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you start your Mac, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, unwanted Mackeeper ads, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply run AdGuard.
Do not know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Mackeeper pop-up ads?
To sum up
Now your Apple Mac should be clean of the ad-supported software which redirects your web-browser to undesired Mackeeper ads. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and unwanted malicious web pages) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your machine for new malware, browser hijackers and adware).
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Mackeeper pop up ads from your internet browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.