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Avast pulls CCleaner version that lacked privacy options after backlash

August 6, 2018

Avast-owned Piriform responded to the backlash it received from outraged users about its new data collection policy for the hugely popular system cleaning tool CCleaner. The company promised to make changes after releasing CCleaner v5.45, but then went so far as to remove that version and revert back to the previous v5.44.

It didn’t take long after releasing CCleaner v5.45 before users noticed that the program’s Active Monitoring feature could not be disabled and that privacy options to control what data was collected had been disabled in the free version.

Ghacks first noticed the changes and warned people not to install it. “While you may go to Options > Monitoring to disable ‘Enable system monitoring’ and ‘Enable Active Monitoring’ there, you will notice that the monitoring turns itself on again on the next start.”

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