Piriform forcibly updates the CCleaner utility

CCleaner is updated to version 5.46, even if the user has disabled the automatic update feature.

Avast’s developer Piriform updates the CCleaner utility on users’ computers even if they have disabled the automatic update feature. Even worse, after updating to the latest version 5.46, the user-set privacy settings are returned to the factory settings, which means that the developer is sent anonymous information about using CCleaner.

The first complaint appeared on the Piriform forum on September 6th. Then the employee of the company replied that with the release of version 5.46 some user installations were updated to meet the requirements of the law and provide users with greater autonomy and transparency in terms of privacy settings.

Lawrence Abrams of Bleeping Computer decided to check how justified the user complaints are, and installed the Slim version of CCleaner 5.37. During the installation, Abrams disabled the automatic search for available updates. However, the installer automatically executed the CCupdate.exe file and the program was updated to version 5.46 before it was launched. Abrams turned to Piriform for explanations, but received no answer.


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