Apps and Software

Piriform released CCleaner 5.46 with improved Privacy Feature in a move to clean up its tainted reputation

Piriform, has had its long running good reputation damaged when it was revealed by security expert that CCcleaner – a popular program for cleaning temporary files and removing unwanted data from Windows systems – had a compromised security. Well the company has released a new version of the program, CCleaner 5.46, which they promise will make right all the wrongs that bedeviled the previous versions.

Piriform has introduced a new privacy page in May in the CCleaner program. In the page, the company goes to pain in explaining how a user can disable collection of data, which the company has been using for analytical purposes among other users.

However, there was some confusion over the new privacy option for freemium users, since there was no option of selecting. All the options were selected by default, and the privacy page explains that free users will not have the ability to disable collection of anonymous data for as long as they choose to use the app.

Though Piriform has reached out to a section of the media to allay fears that it is collecting personally identifiable information from the free users. Hence the reason for releasing the privacy page.

When the company released CCleaner 5.44, it came with an ad popup that encouraged users to subscribe to the pro version. Then later came the CCleaner 5.45, which made drastic changes, which were met with anger and criticism. Piriform had removed the option of disabling Active Monitoring component for the free users of the program. It also removed the privacy settings for free users.

Felix Omondi

Kenyan citizen with a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. In my spare time, I like to blog and read up on trends that's happening around the world.

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