Years ago, I found a helpful “cleaner” app called Crap Cleaner to improve my online security. Since then, the developer sanitized the name to a more palatable “CCleaner.”
For a long time after that, the app has been a mainstay for Windows and Mac users who wanted to quickly and easily clear caches, wipe files, fix registry entries and uninstall apps. Now, all that’s changed.
CCleaner sold to Avast, now is malware
Avast is the purveyor of a “free” antivirus application that looks, feels, and behaves like malware.
With that in mind, there’s no surprise that Avast has converted CCleaner into malware, now that the app is part of the Avast portfolio. By the way, Avast has also purchased AVG, another brand of free and premium anti-virus and online security tools.
The app now uses telemetry to “phone home” and report user activity to Avast. Also, the app now updates itself, taking user control off the table. In other words, Avast is overriding user preferences to install malware on your computer via CCleaner.
Want to know more? GHacks has the story.
Quick Tip: Stop using CCleaner. It is malware and will only get worse as Avast integrates it with its proprietary ad server. Instead, use BleachBit. It’s so good, it’s kept Hillary Clinton out of jail. So, it’ll probably do a good job for you also.
Learn more about online security:
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- How do I keep my phone from disclosing my location?
- Google spins away fears over abusive Gmail access
- 5 current examples of digital tyranny
- Beware of Onavo Protect, Facebook’s fake free VPN
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