Computer-optimization software is invented to keep your computer system running efficiently. Well, in this situation, might be not that much. Recently, the company who makes the CCleaner, Avast’s Piriform, revealed that it’s a free software which was infected with malware. If you are using CCleaner Avast Piriform, here’s we provide the complete process of what you need to know.
Exactly What Does Malware Do?
It collects your all information like your IP address, a list of installed software on your computer, computer name, a whole list of active software and a list of network adapters and sends it to a third-party computer server. Your social security number, credit card numbers, and the like appear to be safe.
“Working with US law enforcement, we caused this server to be shut down on the 15th of September before any known harm was done,” said the company in the announcement.
Who was infected?
According to Avast CEO Vince Steckler and Consumer Business CTO and EVP Ondrej Vlcek, the compromise to the computer system might have started as early as on July 3, before Avast is buying the company. The compromised version of CCleaner software was next released to the customers on August 15.
In a survey, around 3 percent or approximately 2.27 million computers are used the infected software. Particularly, these computers running 32-bit Windows 10. If that applies to you, don’t need to worry. The company supposes that they were capable of defusing the malware before any harm or attack was done to anyone.
How to Recognize the Corrupted Version of CCleaner?
The CCleaner versions which were affected are CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 or CCleaner v5.33.6162 for 32-bit Windows operating system. However, the Android version for phones doesn’t appear to be affected. In a recent survey 730,000 users are using the affected version of the CCleaner.
If you have already updated your software, then you should be ok or save yourself from malware infection. Moreover, if you have the Cloud version, then it should have automatically updated itself into the clean version.
If you don’t Use the Cloud Version?
CCleaner v5.33.6162 never update on its own, so if you are using the non-cloud version, then you might have the corrupted software. Piriformis recommending that deleting your current version and downloading a clean version from its website.
After you downloaded your new software, click to run a check on your system by using the malware protection software for making you sure that CCleaner doesn’t need to leave any malicious attackers behind.