CCleaner update removed following outcry over privacy concerns

midian182

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It was discovered that in the newest version of CCleaner 5.45, the privacy settings had been removed from the free version. Even worse, the active monitoring feature, which can be disabled by users, turned itself back on whenever the program was shut down or the computer rebooted.

Avast said in a changelog that it "added more detailed reporting for bug fixes and product improvements." The company added that its heartbeat feature, which sends usage statistics to Avast every 12 hours, contained “non-personal, absolutely non-identifiable usage information for the purpose of improving CCleaner.”

Additionally, it was found that clicking the X icon in the corner of CCleaner minimized the software rather than closing it, keeping it running in the background—something people have compared to spyware tactics.

Piriform has now reverted to version 5.44 of CCleaner as the latest update, which you can download here. The company said it is working on changes in version 5.45 to address users’ concerns, but these will take weeks rather than days to implement.

Back in September, it was reported that up to 2.27 million CCleaner users were put at risk from a backdoor found in the program. Avast later revealed how the attackers compromised the software.

Since the acquisition by Avast, once loyal users have complained of bundled software and popup ads appearing in CCleaner, and this is yet another piece of bad publicity for the popular tool.

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OutlawCecil

Posts: 739   +570
Stupid greedy companies always buy useful companies (programs) and try to screw them up to maximize profits. The WHOLE POINT of ccleaner is that it's a small simple utility that is powerful. Lets add bulky monitoring, a pro version, get rid of privacy, and leave it running on everybody's computer so we can monitor any and all usage. Seriously?!
 

Mc128k

Posts: 31   +6
CCleaner is mostly an useless tool that contaminates the human mind and the computer it's installed on. Get rid of it in both senses. Like MecKeeper
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,187   +559
This is what happens when a company sells out to another. They get rich but the software gets well, worse. The real bad news is that the users get dumped and forgotten about. A big company like Avast don't care about users otherwise it wouldn't have tried something so stupid. Their goal is to get as much data from people and find a way to sell you product or just sell your data, in some cases both.

While I have always liked CC, I do not update regularly. No need to. Which is why I didn't get any issue from last year as I had a much older version installed.
If CC continues downhill, most will just dump it if people haven't done so already.
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,187   +559
CCleaner is mostly an useless tool that contaminates the human mind and the computer it's installed on. Get rid of it in both senses. Like MecKeeper
You do realize there is 2 MacKeepers? One is the real software and the other is actually a virus.

Maybe the real one isn't good but some people may like it. Just like some who will like CC.
 

Fuzzy Dunalap

Posts: 28   +54
Stupid greedy companies always buy useful companies (programs) and try to screw them up to maximize profits. The WHOLE POINT of ccleaner is that it's a small simple utility that is powerful. Lets add bulky monitoring, a pro version, get rid of privacy, and leave it running on everybody's computer so we can monitor any and all usage. Seriously?!

its the american way.
 

treetops

Posts: 3,064   +784
Ccleaner is a blessing, I trust them. Any program can be hacked, but they have a great track record and offer an amazing free program.

“non-personal, absolutely non-identifiable usage information for the purpose of improving CCleaner.”
 

Malakai2k

Posts: 39   +11
Meh I can't complain because I've never paid a cent for CCleaner. I bet this applies to most people who have used it.
 

cliffordcooley

Posts: 12,927   +6,257
"Even worse, the active monitoring feature, which can be disabled by users, turned itself back on whenever the program was shut down or the computer rebooted."

Windows Update does the same damned thing. Why can we not put a stop to that?
 

Reehahs

Posts: 1,262   +928
"Additionally, it was found that clicking the X icon in the corner of CCleaner minimized the software rather than closing it, keeping it running in the background—something people have compared to spyware tactics."

Any program that does that gets swiftly uninstalled on my PC.
 

JamesSWD

Posts: 331   +184
Stupid greedy companies always buy useful companies (programs) and try to screw them up to maximize profits. The WHOLE POINT of ccleaner is that it's a small simple utility that is powerful. Lets add bulky monitoring, a pro version, get rid of privacy, and leave it running on everybody's computer so we can monitor any and all usage. Seriously?!

its the american way.
Knock it off. Companies around the world pull crap like this.
 

JamesSWD

Posts: 331   +184
I thought so, but wasn't sure. I updated to the latest version a few days ago and noticed these changes, but couldn't quite remember if they were normal or not in previous versions. I also noticed that some things were enabled by default, while others couldn't be disabled. It set my spider-senses tingling that this wasn't the CC I remember.
 

taylor1277

Posts: 42   +0
This is how it goes with most companies today, let us take Avast for instance in this situation. Why did they buy Piriform in the first place when it was running perfectly well. And along with other programs that I use from Piriform were doing well. And this is what Avast is really saying to you. why the **** did we buy Piriform; which for years CCleaner has always done its job. Because they want to **** it up on us, why wouldn't you just stick to being an Antivirus company like you should be doing? Can anyone out there that doesn't work for Avast tell me their anti-virus product is foolproof. But they need to stick their hands in somewhere else, and we will watch as programs like CCleaner go down the drain. Anyone know the alternative to CCleaner