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Does CCleaner Have Spyware?

by Sukki007 / July 22, 2007 5:04 PM PDT

I just installed the most recent version of CCleaner (formerly Computer Crap), which I've found very helpful in the past. I'm running Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 on Windows XP2 Pro. Not long after installing CC I got a popup from Trend Micro listing a suspicious change to my computer's memory, saying that the file - ccsetup 141[1].exe - contained spyware! I'm ignoring it, since it said it was a low-risk change, but wonder how spyware could be considered low risk and if I should be uninstalling CCleaner. I'm no techie and definitely on shaky ground with this sort of thing.

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I have never heard any reports of CCleaner
by roddy32 / July 22, 2007 7:21 PM PDT

containing spyware unless I missed one somewhere. I would assume it is yet another false positive by Trend Micro. I also use CCleaner and am happy with it.

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Thanks, I did ignore it, but...
by Sukki007 / July 23, 2007 4:46 AM PDT

...doing so made me jittery.

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(NT) You're welcome
by roddy32 / July 23, 2007 5:27 AM PDT
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To Best My Knowledge, CCleaner Does NOT...
by tobeach / July 23, 2007 4:41 PM PDT

contain spyware. The Yahoo Toolbar(optional install or not) which is included in the main version is rated as ADWARE & Tracking.
You can avoid this by NOT installing at install. OR You can use 1 of the "other build " (Basic or Slim) options which do not include it in download there by making CC less space/resources consuming.From Here:
NOTE: If using the above, disable automatic update to avoid main file
version. Just add above URL to your Favorites/Bookmarks list & check about once per month for new versions of Basic or Slim.

You can get description list of "Items to be cleaned" check boxes
to print out (click left side Cleaner Information)from:

Possibly, your current CCleaner trying for "automatic check for update" access to the web, may have raised the pop-up warning you received.
Enjoy!! Grin

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I'm not sure about spyware but...
by darkdestiny7 / July 23, 2007 10:21 PM PDT

They did announce at the site their latest version is detected as a virus by Bitdefender.

But if you got the installer from some other online source, there's a chance that it is spyware. My own version of Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 (latest version at the moment) did not detect the installer as spyware.

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Bitdenfender's detection was a false positive not a virus..
by Carol~ Moderator / July 24, 2007 1:19 AM PDT

as was Avira's detection of "TR/Dldr.Zlob.AADO.5" within CCleaner's uninstall.exe.


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Oh yes, thanks for filling in

I've forgotten to mention that. Thanks

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(NT) You're welcome. Makes a world of difference ;-)
by Carol~ Moderator / July 24, 2007 8:42 AM PDT
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I didn't have auto update, but
by Sukki007 / July 24, 2007 4:40 AM PDT

I have automatic notification from download.com that an update is available. When I downloaded the update, it was from filehippo. I'm not sure what that is, but it seemed to come straight from CCleaner's website.

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FileHippo is the main host
by roddy32 / July 24, 2007 4:43 AM PDT

download site for CCleaner. You have nothing to worry about. Happy

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by Sukki007 / July 24, 2007 4:54 AM PDT

Appreciate the quick response.

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(NT) You're welcome
by roddy32 / July 24, 2007 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!
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I have read with much intrest the replys
by itsmeagainok / September 28, 2016 6:23 AM PDT

I have read with intrest the replys regards CCleaner covert activities and the alleged behaviour and objectives of this softwares producers .

In reply "CCleaner", can and does even at the present covertly install software on a personnel pc and does so without any prior agreement or approval from any owner.

It is obvious (from my personnel and current experiences with this software) that there are several questions that must and should be answered .

Answered immediately and then explained to not just to the proper Governing Authorities but more importantly to all users and potential users of this user manipulating software.

There is sufficient doubt created, regarding this software, to requirement an urgent enactment of whatever Legal process's are required to ascertain the truth regards its designed objectives .

Not only is there suspect activities which occur when this soft ware is in
stalled but it also has an undisclosed and questionable conjoined relationship with "Google" which enables covertly for Google to be installed Permanently when the CCleaner software is installed .

The many historical complaints and explanations , found online, which have been give by and to the many victims who have been confronted with dubious software's activities requires unambiguous explanations at the very least.

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