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  • MacKeeper Set to Pay a $2 Million Settlement in a Class Action Lawsuit

    According to the folks over at MacWorld, the original developers behind the Mac security software, MacKeeper, have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over deceptive claims and false advertisement. It should be noted that part of the sum will be set aside for customer refunds.

    In the proposed settlement, ZeoBIT, the creators of MacKeeper that later ended up selling the software to German firm Kromtech, will be putting up to $2 million in a fund to cover attorney fees, refunds and administrative costs. One-third is earmarked for lawyers with a large chunk of the remainder to be meted out equally among claimants who purchased MacKeeper prior to July 8th.

    Overall, there are roughly 513,000 US customers who are involved in the settlement class, some of whom paid up to $39.95 per copy to license MacKeeper. Depending on the number of claims, customers could potentially make up the original cost spent but full refunds aren’t guaranteed. The company also admits no fault as part of the settlement’s terms.

    For those of you who weren’t aware, MacKeeper is notorious for aggressively advertising its software and services through online ad agencies. It should be noted that its parent firm, Kromtech is supposedly abandoning such tactics and has made efforts to cut down on “scare ads” that are pushed by affiliates. The software’s validity is also a hot topic as many tests have shown that it sometimes returns false positives in system scans.

    The people who are eligible for some form of compensation must visit the settlement website and submit a claim by November 30 to receive payment.

    Source: MacWorld via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacKeeper Set to Pay a $2 Million Settlement in a Class Action Lawsuit started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      God I hate those ads. Glad they got what was coming.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Yeah, I have had people come to me with systems that were infected to a point that nothing but CelanMyMac would get rid of the ads, although I suppose MacKeeper would have done the job as well, I just refused to purchase it due to this tactic.