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Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now

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Some windows software has become so ingrained into PC users’ minds that we don’t think twice to recommend them. Unfortunately, this leads to major issues when a popular tool goes rogue.

That’s exactly what’s happened with CCleaner. Once everyone’s favorite Windows maintenance utility, its increasingly shady behavior means that you should now leave it in the dust.

Here’s why you can’t trust CCleaner anymore, and what to replace it with.

What’s Wrong With CCleaner?

CCleaner, once a tidy app with no history of issues, has had two major problems in less than a year. This is unfortunately not surprising after Avast purchased CCleaner developer Piriform in July 2017 .

CCleaner’s New Monitoring

The first is a new behavior in CCleaner version 5.45. Dubbed “Active Monitoring”, it’s a fairly standard feature that collects anonymized information about your system. You can disable it to turn the feature off―or can you?


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now

As it turns out, if you disable Active Monitoring in CCleaner, the software automatically re-enables it after you reboot or reopen CCleaner . This is extremely suspicious behavior and though Piriform has backpedaled on it , upset users are fleeing in droves.

Additionally, the new version of CCleaner is much harder to quit. When you click the X to close the software, it instead minimizes to your System Tray. If you right-click its icon, there’s no option to exit CCleaner. This means you have to close it using the Task Manager, which novice users might not know how to do.


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now

Thus, CCleaner now runs constantly in the background, collecting data for Avast. This is despite most people only opening CCleaner when needed, and requesting to not have this information collected.

CCleaner Distributed Malware

Prior to this, Piriform discovered that CCleaner was hacked and distributed malware CCleaner Was Distributing Malware for a Month CCleaner Was Distributing Malware for a Month CCleaner, a popular piece of security software with a squeaky clean reputation, was distributing malware for the best part of a month. Which means you need to update ASAP. Read More . The 32-bit version was infected with a Trojan that collected information about systems it was installed on. It also had the capability to run code on affected systems.

Thankfully, the company caught it before a widespread attack could happen. But it’s pretty embarrassing that a top-tier security company like Avast had such an embarrassing slip-up.

Since its acquisition by Avast, CCleaner also shows pop-ups harassing you to upgrade to the paid version (which has an automatic cleaning feature). And installing CCleaner sometimes shows an offer to install Avast, which you must uncheck to avoid.

With all this combined, enough is enough. If you’ve had your fill of this obnoxious and shady behavior, it’s time to say goodbye to CCleaner.

How to Uninstall CCleaner

The first step is removing CCleaner from your computer. Doing so is easy. Head to Settings > Apps > Apps & features . Scroll through the list or use the search box to look for CCleaner . Click its name, then choose Uninstall .


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now
What to Replace CCleaner With

The good news is that you actually don’t need CCleaner―Windows 10 has most of its functionality built-in, and you can install other tools for the rest.

Cleaning Junk Files

The longtime Disk Cleanup tool makes cleaning junk files off your system easy. Launch it by typing its name in the Start Menu, then choose the disk you want to scan. Check the boxes for various types of files to clean, and you’re all set.


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now

For a newer interface, you can also access the Storage Sense feature in Windows 10 at Settings > System > Storage . Click Free up space now under Storage sense to remove various types of unnecessary files.


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now
Clearing Caches

Aside from clearing unnecessary files, CCleaner also cleans the cache of your browser and other programs. However, you can clear your browser history, cache, and other information How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History The websites you visit leave tracks on your computer. We show you how to delete your browsing history in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer. Read More right inside it. Plus, incognito or private modes allow you to browse without saving any information in the first place.

Clearing cache to save space isn’t a long-term solution because your browser will recreate it when needed. The cache helps your browser run more efficiently, so you normally don’t need to clear it unless you run into an issue.


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now
Uninstall Programs and Remove Startup Items

CCleaner’s Tools section includes several functions that duplicate built-in Windows options. To uninstall software, visit the same page you did above to remove CCleaner at Settings > Apps > Apps & features .

Managing startup programs How to Use the Windows 10 Startup Folder: Everything You Need to Know How to Use the Windows 10 Startup Folder: Everything You Need to Know The Windows 10 startup folder lets you manage which programs run at startup. Here's how to find the startup folder and manage its programs. Read More is easy with the Task Manager. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut, or right-click the Taskbar and choose Task Manager , to open it. Switch to the Startup tab and you’ll see everything that runs when you log in. Right-click an option and hit Disable to remove it from startup.

If you prefer, you can also manage these at Settings > Apps > Startup .


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now
Find What’s Taking Up Space

CCleaner has a basic disk analyzer tool that shows you the biggest space hogs on your system. Unsurprisingly, you have better options for disk analysis Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC Oh the pressure when you run out of disk space. What to delete? The fastest way to locate junk files is to use a tool that helps you visualize your system's file structure. Read More .

Other CCleaner Features

The above are CCleaner’s major features, but you might want replacements for the other minor functions too. In each case, you have options that aren’t obnoxious like CCleaner.

Don’t worry about the Browser Plugins tool―you can manage your browser extensions How to Clean Up Your Browser Extensions (The Easy Way) How to Clean Up Your Browser Extensions (The Easy Way) If you regularly check out cool extensions, then it is probably time to clean up those add-ons that you no longer want, like, or need. Here's how to do it easily. Read More manually. And there are other duplicate file finders Delete Duplicate Files Quickly With These Tools Delete Duplicate Files Quickly With These Tools One of the fastest ways to clog up your hard drive is to store duplicate files. Most of the time, you probably aren’t even aware that you have duplicate files. They come from a variety... Read More with more features too.

The System Restore is a duplicate of Windows’ built-in functionality, while you can use other tools to completely wipe a disk 4 Ways to Completely Delete Your HDD 4 Ways to Completely Delete Your HDD When selling an old computer, or HDD, or even if you're just looking to dispose of it, securely erasing everything on your hard drive is very important. But how do you do that? Read More .

Lastly, don’t worry about losing the Registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are useless , as even removing thousands of invalid entries won’t have the smallest effect on performance. There’s a better chance you’ll break something by cleaning the Registry than fixing it, so leave them alone.


Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now
Full Replacements for CCleaner

The above Windows tools and apps should take care of everything you used CCleaner for. But in case you just can’t live without a dedicated cleaning app, we recommend alternatives like atomiccleaner or BleachBit .

Have You Dropped CCleaner Yet?

It’s a shame to see a once-revered Windows tool go so far down the drain. It once was focused on helping you clean up crap, but has turned into a crappy software itself. While Piriform may make changes to the monitoring, these are too little, too late. You should use a tool that respects your privacy and isn’t susceptible to malware.

Have a look at other popular security apps you should replace 5 Popular Security and Privacy Apps You Should Uninstall and Replace 5 Popular Security and Privacy Apps You Should Uninstall and Replace Not all security and privacy apps are made equal. Here are five security and privacy apps that you should uninstall and what to replace them with. Read More for more like this.

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