If you use CCleaner, be careful! The application is no longer the one you knew. Recent internet reports accuse Piriform (a subsidiary of Avast) of adding "malware", ads and more.
CCleaner is available in both free and paid versions on all Windows, Mac and mobile platforms.
For those who do not know, CCleaner is a utility used to clean unwanted files (temporary files stored from the Internet) and invalid entries in the Windows registry.
But with the release of the latest version 5.45, CCleaner tells changelog that it has added a feature that will send Piriform "more detailed bug fixes and product improvements."
Obviously, those who read the changelog are not at all satisfied with the change that allows data collection,
In May, CCleaner said it would only collect anonymous data from users who have installed the free version, giving users the ability to disable the feature.
However, the latest update (v5.45) of the free version of the application, operation is impossible to stop running. CCleaner's AMH (from Active Monitoring and heartbeat) and privacy settings have been removed from the free version of the program.
The most alarming thing is that through Active Monitoring, the company added spyware to the app to anonymously check usage details to alert users when unwanted files are detected!
According to the application development company, heartbeat sends "completely non-personal, and unrecognizable user information to improve CCleaner".
The paradox; You can also turn off "Enable system tracking" and "Enable active tracking" from Options> Tracking. However, after a restart of the program or after a reboot of your system, the functions are activated again.
Also, if you click the x icon to quit CCleaner, the software does not close. The application continues to run in the background for most users and regularly sends its reports to Piriform.