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 are reset to default, which is to send usage data.
CCleaner 5.46 was released yesterday and aims to fix all of the problems that led to the fiasco with the previous release of CCleaner 5.45. With this release, Piriform has added settings that allow you to actually disable their background monitoring process and to disable the sending of anonymous usage statistics.
It has not been a good week for Piriform's PC cleaning tool CCleaner. With the release of CCleaner version 5.45, it was quickly discovered that the program's "Active Monitoring" component, which is utilized to send anonymous usage data back to Piriform, could no longer be disabled.
Avast has revealed new details about the 2017 CCleaner hack. Speaking at a conference in Mexico, the company's researchers said they uncovered new evidence to suggest that the hackers who breached CCleaner's infrastructure were preparing to deploy a third malware strain on infected computers.
Earlier today, Avast published a full list of companies affected by the second-stage CCleaner malware, as part of its ongoing investigation into the CCleaner hack that took place last week.
According to Avast, the database where the CCleaner hackers were collecting data from infected hosts ran out of space and was deleted on September 12, meaning information on previous victims is now lost to investigators and the number of computers infected with the second-stage backdoor payloads may be larger than initially believed.
The CCleaner hack that took place over the summer and came to light this week might have been carried out by an infamous cyber-espionage group believed to be operating out of China.
Avast published earlier today a post-mortem of the CCleaner malware incident, in the hopes to clarify some of the details surrounding the event that many of its users found troubling.
This article contains information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the CCleaner malware incident and how to remove the malware-laced CCleaner version.
Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware.