MacKeeper
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Joshua J. Ahern
Registered: Sep 27, 2006
Total Posts: 2184
Country: Canada

Does anyone here use MacKeeper?
How is it?
is it good enough to clean the hard disk?
Is it reliable? efficient?

any comments will be appreciated

thanks
Jean-Yves



DanBrown
Registered: Feb 09, 2003
Total Posts: 3056
Country: United States

MacKeeper has lots of negative reviews. Onyx is free and has always been highly recommended for system maintenance.

What exactly do you mean by "clean the hard drive"? The best way to "clean" the hard drive is to use the Apple Disk Utilities and click on erase.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 11960
Country: United States

Macaroni is a tried and trusted program for OSX maintenance. MacKeeper appears to be a risky venture...

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/148617?start=0&tstart=0



DanBrown
Registered: Feb 09, 2003
Total Posts: 3056
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Macaroni is a tried and trusted program for OSX maintenance. MacKeeper appears to be a risky venture...



Macaroni will run the daily, weekly, and monthly UNIX maintenance scripts. It will also rebuild disk permissions. Basically, Macaroni is a timer utility for setting the frequency of these maintenance operations. Macaroni is also a 32 bit preference panel; Apple may break it some day. Updates to Macaroni have been infrequent; basically it doesn't need frequent updates because of its limited actions.

Onyx does this and so much more. Take a look at Onyx's user reviews.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 11960
Country: United States

Thanks Dan for the link. It definitely looks worth exploring. My buddy who consults on Macs is not a big fan of third party products running in the OSX environment so I tend to run a pretty vanilla operation. The simplicity of Macaroni is one of its appeals since it essentially runs regular Unix maintenance. I sent my friend a link and will see what he has to say on the topic. He's currently doing beta testing for the next iteration of OSX as he did previously for Lion. I trust his judgment.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 11960
Country: United States

My friend gave thumbs up so I just downloaded Onyx. Thanks for the link Dan.



DanBrown
Registered: Feb 09, 2003
Total Posts: 3056
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Thanks for the link Dan.


You are welcome. There are indeed those who recommend doing nothing as far as "cleaning" a Mac OS. For example, see the Myth of the Dirty Mac.



Joshua J. Ahern
Registered: Sep 27, 2006
Total Posts: 2184
Country: Canada

thanks guys for those comments.



holman
Registered: Oct 03, 2012
Total Posts: 1
Country: United States

I've been using mackeeper for a several months and so far i haven't encountered any problems regarding on mackeeper.