Hardware and Software to Avoid By Josh Blagden | JB - Mac Help | JBlagden

Hardware and Software to Avoid                   By Josh Blagden

Here I’ll list a couple of things which look useful, but actually aren’t what they seem.

1. Mackeeper

2. Rabbit TV 

MacKeeper: You’ll often see ads for MacKeeper. It’s advertised as an antivirus program. However, it’s actually a nuisance. If you have ever had the displeasure of downloading it, here is a MacWorld article which explains how to get rid of it: http://www.macworld.com/article/2861435/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-from-your-mac.html#tk.nl_mwdaily. In fact, due to a lawsuit, which is forcing the creators of MacKeeper to give refunds to people who bought it: http://www.macworld.com/article/2927032/ads-for-mackeeper-refunds-will-run-on-facebook.html. If you follow the instructions in this YouTube video, you can even block advertisements for MacKeeper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JbeKFdNOJo 

Rabbit T.V. : Rabbit TV has been advertised as giving you access to thousands of free channels. This line of advertising makes it sound like the USB device they sell you is some sort of T.V.  antenna with decoder software. That’s not what it actually is. In reality, it’s a catalog of free content on the web which is accessible to anyone, regardless of whether or not they have Rabbit T.V. . For example, if you click on the link in the Rabbit T.V.  catalog for White Collar, you’ll be brought the the part of the USA Network website that has the latest episode available for viewing. This service could easily be substituted with a website wherein users collaborate on their findings of websites which have the latest episodes of a particular T.V.  show available for free viewing.

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