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MacKeeper, Mac Tonic good or bad

I had MacKeeper on my iMac, suddenly it's gone and something called Mac Tonic is in it's place and wanting me to pay for it. I'm thinking MacKeeper changed to Mac Tonic, I searched for Mac Keeper and a discussion on Apple Inc said do not install MacKeeper because it's nothing more than malware. Is this true? What about Mac Tonic? Are both these malware? Can anyone suggest a program to keep my iMac clean and secure?

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It's accepted as true.

No Apple or other tech I know will advise you install such things.

As to keep you iMac secure you usually can do this by never installing such because it's usually spyware or has other goals like showing you advertising.

As to "clean", I've had Apples for a decade. Never found then to get cluttered outside my own files.

Post was last edited on August 2, 2018 4:46 PM PDT

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Re Mac Tonic

Thank you R. Proffitt. I've never, ever downloaded anything about Mac Keeper or anything like that. However, I keep having items like Mac Tonic show up in my Apps and then I keep getting pop-ups that want me to click on the attached links. No way, no how. I went into my Apps yesterday, moved it to the Trash then emptied the Trash. Today, at 1036am while I was at work, a new app downloaded and it dominated the screen when I woke my iMac up. There wasn't even an 'X' on the page to get rid of it. I did the Mac version of 'Control+Alt+Delete' and ended it there. Immediately went into my Apps, found it, sent it to the Trash then immediately deleted the Trash. Every time I do that another one takes its place with a slightly different name on it. How do I get rid of this forever??!?

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That's a new one.
https://macsecurity.net/view/194-remove-mac-tonic-virus appears to be 3 days old but to call it a virus sounds a little off to me because a virus is something that installs without the user helping it along.

So when folk install these cleanup apps they are installing the trojan, PUP or such. I don't want to call such a virus.

-> And let me be clear, I do not endorse the tool they have at that site for cleanup. I will write the MANUAL method is fine.
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MacKeeper, Mac Tonic are both bad

This is totally a malware. Well, not malware more like PUA. Mac Tonic is active right now. You should remove it immediately from your computer. It is not giving you any positive results. These programs do nothing. They are created to display ads, cause redirects and possibly install other dubious applications.
Use anti-malware since these can come silently bearing more PUPs. It is not enough to just delete the app, a full system scan is required. There are a few good ones for free. Malwarebytes for example.
Mac is in general kinda safe OS, you need to have AV and anti-malware perhaps, but there is no need to install any optimization tools. these are most often fake.

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