“Customers of the oft-criticized security and performance program MacKeeper have until Nov. 30 to file a claim for reimbursement, the result of a proposed class-action suit settlement,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service. “Those who bought MacKeeper before July 8 are eligible, according to the settlement website where claims can be filed.”
“The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix. It was filed in May 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania,” Kirk reports. “Under the proposed settlement, ZeoBIT will put US$2 million into a fund for those who want a refund. But ZeoBIT will admit no fault as part of the agreement.”
“According to court documents, 513,330 people bought MacKeeper in the U.S. for as much as $39.95 per copy,” Kirk reports. “As the number of applicants rises, the refund value will proportionally fall from $39.95. One-third of the $2 million will go towards attorney fees, leaving the remainder for refunds and other administration costs.”
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MacDailyNews Take: 513,330 people? Yikes! $40 for snake oil that no Mac needs.
$666,666.66 goes to attorney fees and administration costs means $1,333,333.34 divided by as many as 513,330 means $2.59 per person, if every single person claims (which won’t happen, but it gives you an idea of how little affected people could get). Well, there’s a lesson there for them: Caveat emptor.
If you have MacKeeper on your Mac, go get your money back as possible and follow these instructions to uninstall it.
Update: 11:05am EDT: Fixed the math.
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