CCleaner Does it Again
Ever since Avast purchased CCleaner it’s been a comedy of errors in a way. Avast (now owners of AVG) is a company that you’re supposed to trust to keep you save from viruses, malware, ransomware, and other privacy-stealing garbage that tries to worm its way onto your computer. We’ve been skeptical of Avast for a long time now – we don’t like their underhanded way of getting software, other than the intended Avast security software, installed on people’s computers. Especially the worthless Avast/AVG tune-up program and a questionable VPN to name a couple. And even if the programs were worthy the underhanded methods a supposed security computer uses to goad users into installing their other programs is reprehensible. People install AVG/AVAST because its free and because its supposed to protect their computers from malware and PUPs – not install more on their computers.
So it comes as no surprise that CCleaner has been trying to find new ways of generating revenue by collecting valuable data from its users so they can actually say you don’t have to pay for it, while you’re paying for it with more than money.
Please read this article from Ghacks… and you’ll see what Avast/AVG/CCleaner are up to:
Dont install or upgrade to CCleaner 5.45
The changelog of the new release highlights the change in euphemistic terms: “Added more detailed reporting for bug fixes and product improvements”. The company added privacy options to CCleaner in May and stated back then that it collected only anonymous data from free users and did not display the options to free users because of that.
CCleaner users who run the new release may notice two changes immediately: It is nearly impossible to disable the monitoring part of CCleaner (Active Monitoring), and there are not any privacy settings anymore in the free version of the program… Read the rest of this article here.