CCleaner and Avast: watch out

Pubblicato: 2 maggio 2018 da Paolo Magrassi in consumatori
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imageCCleaner proposed me to install a new version. Such suggestions are usually either genuine software updates or (understandable) attempts to have you upgrade to the professional version from the free version.

In this case, however (second half of April, Windows 10), it was a trick aimed at installing Avast antivirus free.

Having run many times in the past the routine for CCleaner software update, I clicked so quickly that I did not realise the option “Install Avast free antivirus” was pre-ticked. In other words, I was supposed to carefully opt out from a choice already made for me by CCleaner.

Damn!

Uninstalling annoying Avast software was a pain in the neck, entailing the download of their specific uninstaller, the restart of Windows in Safe Mode, and all that crap.

Beware when CCleaner proposes you the next version update.

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