CCleaner & Avast Still Playing Games With Users
For a long time now, we’ve been warning our readers to steer clear of Avast. Avast seems to want to play games with user settings, install unwanted extra software, and continually prod user to update to the paid version of the software – sometimes even resorting to popups.
CCleaner was a good program with little controversy surrounding it until Avast bought Piriform (CCleaner) and it’s all been downhill since.
Bleeping Computer wrote a very interesting article about CCleaner forcing users to update to the latest version even when users turned off “automatic updates”.
If you’re using CCleaner or considering installing it, you’ll want to read the Bleeping Computer article. We think getting rid of it is the best way to tell Avast what you think.
From Bleeping Computer:
CCleaner Disregarding Settings and Forcing Update to Latest 5.46 Version
Reports are coming in that Piriform is forcing CCleaner to update to the latest 5.46 version even when users had configured the program to not perform automatic updates. To make matters worse, once the users were upgraded to the latest version, their privacy settings were reverted to default, which is to allow anonymous usage data to be sent to Avast/Piriform.
This was first reported on September 6th at Piriform’s forum, where users stated that their installed versions of CCleaner were being updated to 5.4.6 even after disabling automatic updates. This was later confirmed in a post to our forums.
In that same Piriform topic, an employee replied and stated that “Since the release of v5.46 we have updated some users to this version to meet legal requirements and give users more autonomy and transparency over their privacy settings.” …
…As a test, I downloaded and installed the Slim version of CCleaner 5.37 that we host at BleepingComputer.com.
During the setup procedure, I configured the program to not automatically check for new updates. Even with that setting disabled, CCupdate.exe was automatically executed by the installer and CCleaner was updated to version 5.46 before I could even start the program.