CCLeaner Hacked – What you need to know

CCLeaner made by Piriform (who’s parent company is Avast) announced Monday, September 18th, that a version of their software was infected with malware. If you use this software to keep your computer optimized, here is what you need to know.

C|net reports versions of CCLeaner was infected by malware that likely gathered information …like your IP address, computer name, a list of installed software on your computer … and sends it to a third-party computer server.” They go on to say, “…Your credit card numbers, social security number and the like seem to be safe.” To get the full C|net report click here.

Piriform publicly acknowledges the infection saying the number of user likely infected is thankfully small. “We estimate that 2.27 million people used the affected software.” They go on to say the hack “…only affected customers with the 32-bit version of the v5.33.6162 of CCleaner and the v1.07.3191 of CCleaner Cloud.” and “…We resolved this quickly and believe no harm was done to any of our users.”  To see the full announcement please click here.

Personal Computer Sales and Services routinely uses CCLeaner as part of our General Cleanup service we provide to our customers. However it is uninstalled when our work is complete, unless the customer requests to keep the software installed.

If you have any questions or concerns about whether your are affected, please call us and we will be happy to assist.