“A critical vulnerability in MacKeeper, a controversial security program for Mac computers, could let attackers execute malicious commands on Macs when their owners visit specially crafted Web pages,” Lucian Constantin reports for IDG News Service.
“MacKeeper’s developers acknowledged the recently discovered problem and released a fix for it Friday,” Constantin reports. “[Editor’s note: We have instructions on how to uninstall the MacKeeper app and how to stop MacKeeper notifications from appearing in Safari.]”
“MacKeeper has been surrounded by controversy for years. Its previous owner, a Ukrainian-based company called ZeoBIT, was accused by Mac users of using aggressive advertising and scare tactics to push its product,” Constantin reports. “The company is close to settling a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. that sought $5 million in damages because MacKeeper warned users about fake security and performance problems to convince them to pay for the full version. If the settlement is reached, ZeoBIT will put $2 million into a fund for refunds, but won’t admit any fault.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If you have MacKeeper on your Mac, follow the instructions to uninstall it and never install it again.