Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
October 3, 2022
12 minutes to read

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to uninstall MacKeeper completely and safely so that it does not leave its leftover files in your computers system and does not show you annoying popup messages. removing MacKeeper


  1. What is MacKeeper and why remove it.
  2. How to remove MacKeeper manually.
  3. How to delete MacKeeper using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

What is MacKeeper and why remove it?

Almost every Mac user knows or has heard at least once about the MacKeeper app. Mackeeper is a Mac cleanup application that clears cache files and other junk on Mac’s hard drive, protects Mac from viruses and promises to make your system run faster. Well, that sounds great. However, the program is also known for its overly aggressive marketing strategy, hanging annoying ads everywhere and way too often. If you are one of the “lucky” ones who has installed MacKeeper and now wants to remove it, follow this article. You will learn two ways on how to correctly uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac.

Remove MacKeeper Manually

The manual method of uninstalling apps completely requires that you first remove MacKeeper from the Applications folder, then find and remove its service files from your hard drive.

Steps on how to completely remove MacKeeper from Mac:

  1. Quit MacKeeper and all processes related to the app. You can use a default Apple application Activity Monitor for this.
  2. Go to the Applications folder and move MacKeeper into the Trash.
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  3. The system will require your administrator password to confirm the removal. Enter your password and click OK.
    Now you need to find and remove service files that MacKeeper left on your disk. By default, they should be stored in the system Library folder.
  4. Open Finder and press the Command+Shift+G shortcut on your keyboard.
  5. Type in a search field ~/Library/ and click Go.

    Within the Library folder, find and delete all the files and folders that have MacKeeper in their names. Check the following subfolders:

    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons
    • ~/Library/Preferences

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  6. Once you remove all MacKeeper’s service files, empty your Trash bin.
  7. Restart your Mac.

Finally, MacKeeper has been uninstalled from your Mac.

Please, note, if you still get notifications from MacKeeper even after its uninstallation, most likely that you haven’t removed all its leftover files. Some applications may spread their service files all over Mac’s hard drive and hide them in deep folders’ debris. That’s why we recommend that you use a more safe and efficient way to uninstall MacKeeper.

You can completely uninstall the malware utility with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This way to remove MacKeeper is much easier, faster and safer. Read on to learn more about this.

Delete MacKeeper with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a safe and Apple-notarized utility that helps to remove apps together with all their service files in just one click. It automatically finds all support files of removed apps. The developers regularly update App Cleaner & Uninstaller database and today it supports 1500+ third-party apps for complete removal.

Steps on how to completely uninstall MacKeeper with App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will scan your Applications folder.
  2. Select MacKeeper in the list of apps.
  3. Click the Remove button and confirm the action.

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That’s all. As we promised it’s easy and fast. In fact, you can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller to completely remove any application on Mac.
Also, note if you have already manually removed MacKeeper, you can check your Mac for its leftover files. Just switch to the Remaining Files section in the sidebar. Here you will see a list of all remaining files of already deleted applications.
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