I have a simple philosophy about life. Everyone is out to get your money. Whether it’s Apple with wonderfully designed gadgets where we make a reservation and line up to buy the latest, or the hot dog vendor on the sidewalk next to the ball park, everyone is out to make a buck.
iDoctor is an app billed as a first-aid kit for your Mac. That implies that your Mac is capable of getting sick and has a need for professional care to bring it back to good health, and prevent it from, well, getting sick again. Really? Or, is this just an attractive and clever ploy to get Mac users to part with their money?
Healthcare By The Month
One of the most attractive websites I’ve viewed in recent years tells the iDoctor story. It’s a digital first-aid kit that cleans your Mac from junk. Uh huh. That’s the wording. And, iDoctor claims to optimize the Mac’s performance, and protect your Mac while online, and, somehow, offline, too. I found 12 ways iDoctor does its deeds on your Mac.
Yep, this iDoctor makes house calls on your Mac. For a price.
iDoctor claims to clean duplicate files, uninstall apps, restore files that have been accidentally deleted, encrypt files for protection from prying eyes, find files on your Mac, even lets you setup startup apps.
Wait. There’s more. Even without operators standing by, iDoctor can set default apps to files, monitor your Mac’s disk drive, clean up and delete unnecessary files, check for app updates, backup files, and securely delete files. There’s even a theft tracker for when a thief ‘borrows’ your Mac without asking.
What’s not to like about an app and service that does all that?
Wait. What? ‘Service?‘ What service?
What you get with iDoctor amounts to a kit with more than a dozen apps, live chat for 24/7 support, a personal tech expert, and priority theft tracking should your Mac, uh, disappear. All that for just under $110 a year if you pay by the month. Uh huh. $110 a year ($107.40 to be exact as of today’s date. About $9 a month. Or, about $17 for a single month.
The six month plan bumps the monthly price up a few dollars while the 24-month plan drops it $3 a month. Per month. Forever. Interested? I’m more interested in knowing who is buying iDoctor’s services because I have a few buildings in Chicago I’d like to sell.
Based upon a few decades of living among humans I can tell you that some Mac users will find iDoctor to be an attractive way to keep a Mac humming along, safe and secure. But all this does is tell me that my philosophy– everyone is out to get your money— is spot on.
Unabashedly, I can say that iDoctor is the most attractive Mac package of features, functions, and services I’ve ever seen from Belize. A few years ago we did an unfriendly review which the iDoctor folks linked to anyway (we removed and updated that review).
I accidentally installed it thinking it was a different application, and it has slowed my computer tremendously. I cannot track down all the files associated, and to “uninstall” you have to let it “phone home”, allowing it to send critical information from your OSX user. These people are going to a lot of trouble to infect computers
Indeed. Wait. There’s more!
$10 a MONTH? For junkware? Oh wow is this ever a scam to entrap the gullible. It even has a nice pic of a guy in a white coat and stethoscope on the website. And it has… a “data finder”, or as Mac Users call it, Spotlight. You can set your Log In items too – oh just like you can do in the SystemPreferences for free. Set a Default App like you can do
You get the idea, right? All that glitters is not gold (unless it’s a gold Watch).