Mackeeper is a program that has been infamous among Mac users for many years. Not really malware, but with really ugly marketing and various tricks to get stuck in your Mac and get hard to get rid of. It pretends to be a program that cleans and keeps order in the Mac and the free version used to show false messages about various “security flaws” that the paid version would remedy. It has therefore been called spam and “scamware”.
Now Thomas Reed, head of Mac and mobile development at antivirus developer Malwarebytes, has discovered that the latest version of Mackeeper uses a system extension that has been approved by Apple. And he does not tailor the words:
What the hell, Apple? You will not give me and other security researchers the EndpointSecurity entitlement, but you give f *** ing MacKeeper the entitlement?!?! What in the hell is wrong with you? 🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/RwkD9PLkSH
Thomas Reed (@thomasareed) November 23, 2020
Specifically, Apple has given Mackeepers developer certificates the right to sign applications that use the Endpoint Security framework used by antivirus software, for example.
Mackeeper was sold in 2019 to the company Clario, which has tried to wash away the spam program stamp, but it has at least a lot to prove before our recommendation becomes anything other than avoiding the program.