Malware Slipped into CCleaner Could Steal PC User Data

Haythem Elmir

Anyone who’s recently downloaded CCleaner, a PC optimization tool developed by London-based Piriform, should update the software immediately to avoid malware that was inserted into one version of the program.

It’s uncertain how the malware was slipped into CCleaner, a utility program that Piriform said has been downloaded some 2 billion times since it was first released in 2003. The company said it has contacted law enforcement authorities and is also urging users to download a new, malware-free version of CCleaner released last week.

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