Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now

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?

As it turns out, if you disable Active Monitoring in CCleaner, the softwar..

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