CCleaner hacked and distributed malware, update now!

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CCleaner , a popular Windows file cleaning and system optimization tool, has been hacked and distributed malware to millions of 32-bit version users. This attack was discovered by Cisco Talos Group.

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They discovered that hackers may have injected malware into the application by accessing the download server used by Avast (the parent company that owns CCleaner). " For a period of time, the legally signed version of CCleaner 5.33 of Avast also contained a multi-stage malware infection download, which was on top of CCleaner's installation, " said Talos .

Malware allows their creators to control the infected computer remotely and then collect data from your computer. Malicious software affects CCleaner versions 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191. According to Avast, there are about 2.27 million users of this version of the affected software. Fortunately, the company is taking the necessary steps to remedy the situation. In a blog post this morning, Piriform director Paul Yung wrote: " We are moving all existing CCleaner v5.33.6162 users to the latest version. CCleaner Cloud users version 1.07.3191 have received automatically updated. In other words, to the best of our knowledge, we were able to address the threat before it could cause any damage . "

Check CCleaner version and update now

To determine the version of your current CCleaner, simply launch the app and check the version number in the upper left of the app next to the icon. The current non-intrusive version at the time of writing is 5.34.6207.

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If you have not been running CCleaner for a while, you may receive a message, similar to the one shown below, informing you that an update is available for you to upgrade.

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Note that the CCleaner version for Android is not affected. Only the 32-bit version of Windows has been compromised. If you're running a 64-bit version, there's no problem, but it's best to check the software version to make sure everything is working.

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