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Remove MacKeeper Adware from Safari Browser

Are you looking to remove the MacKeeper from the Safari browser? Learn how to uninstall the MacKeeper extension on your Mac.

MacKeeper is a macOS cleaner and security app that helps optimize and delete outdated files. However, it often encourages users to perform regular cleanups and displays annoying intrusive ads.

To remove the MacKeeper from the Safari app, we must delete the Cleaner app, remove its browser extensions, and clear the residual data or cache to stop the adware problem.

In this guide, we have shared various methods to remove Adware alerts in the Safari app.

Method 1: Trash the MacKeeper app from the Mac

First, move the MacKeeper app to Trash from the Mac’s Applications library. It will delete the app from the computer.

After manually removing the app, go to the /Home/Library/Preferences/ folder and delete the MacKeeper’s preference list file.

Method 2: Clear the Residual Data from the Safari app

You might continue to get pop-ups while browsing the web in the Safari app. Therefore, you should remove residual cached files stored in the browser data.

  1. Open the Apple Safari app on your Mac and select Safari > Settings… from the menu bar.
    Apple Safari Settings menuIt will open the Safari Settings window.
  2. Switch to the Advanced tab and enable the checkbox for the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.
    Show Develop menu in menu bar on Safari macOSIt will enable a new Develop menu in the Safari menu bar.
  3. Click on the Develop menu and select the Empty Caches command.
    Empty Caches in Safari under Develop menu on menu barIt will clear all browsing cache.

It shall delete the injected adware script after removing the cache.

Method 3: Remove All Website Data and Cached Files

Now that we have cleared the cache storage, some site data will likely be stored within the browser. Hence, we should also remove the website data and records.

  1. Launch the Safari app on your Mac computer.
  2. Click on the Safari menu from the menu bar and select the Settings… sub-menu.Apple Safari Settings menuIt will open the Safari Settings window.
  3. Switch to the Privacy tab, and click to open the Manage Website Data… button.Manage Website Data button on Privacy tab in Safari macOS SettingsIt will load the list of websites currently storing data.
  4. Hit on the Remove All command and then the Done button.Remove All cache and cookies data stored in Safari MacIt will flush the cookies and cache for all sites.

All traces of the MacKeeper app have been removed. It would sign you out of all the sites after clearing the cookies.

Bottom Line

MacKeeper is a cleaner and security software app for MacOS. However, it has been known to inject and customize the browser application without permission. Hence, removing the cleaner app should help maintain total control on Mac.

Many users have reported that the MacKeeper adware is popping up intermittently. Hence, removing the unknown extensions, clearing the temporary data, etc., can completely wipe out the Cleaner app and Safari app integration.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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