“Tens of thousands of people who bought MacKeeper have filed for refunds as part of a proposed class-action settlement against the application’s former developer,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service. “The number of refund requests has far exceeded what is typical in these type of lawsuits, surprising even experienced class-action lawyers.”
“But the unfortunate side effect of the robust response means those who’ve applied will probably get a smaller refund,” Kirk reports. “The class-action suit was filed in May 2014 on behalf of Pennsylvania resident Holly Yencha, who contended that MacKeeper falsely flagged security and performance problems in order to coax consumers into paying $39.95 for the full version.”
“MacKeeper has been dogged for years by accusations it is so-called scareware, a term for applications that use intimidating warnings to get consumers to buy the program,” Kirk reports. “The lawsuit was filed against ZeoBIT, a company started in Ukraine that originally developed MacKeeper. ZeoBIT no longer owns MacKeeper and sold it in April 2013 to Kromtech Alliance Corp. of Cologne, Germany. Kromtech, which is not a party in the lawsuit, says it has undertaken efforts to rehabilitate MacKeeper and address some of the longstanding criticisms of the program.”
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MacDailyNews Take: ZeoBIT should stop unscrupulously and agressively advertising snake oil that no Mac needs.
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