CCleaner8217;s parent company, Avast, has pulled version 5.45 of the popular software after a sustained backlash against its active monitoring feature, the removal of privacy features from its free version, and the fact that it prevented users from being able to quit the software at all.
Version 5.45 made a number of very unpopular changes. For example, active monitoring (a feature that periodically reminds you to clean out your system using the software) could technically be turned off in CCleaner8217;s menus, but it would turn back on whenever you rebooted your PC or closed the software.
That8217;s if you were actually able to close the software at all. By default, it would just minimise to the system tray when you tried to close it. Your only option was to force it to close using your OS or a third-party tool.
Beta News points out that we8217;d already seen Avast remove the option for non-Professional CCleaner users to opt out of data-sharing (in version 5.43), and the addition of a Summer Sale advertising popup (v5.44).
Avast had previously responded to the complaints in a forum post, where it said that it would offer separate menu items for turning off active monitoring and sending anonymous usage data, and promised to offer more details about what these features are doing.
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Original source: https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/ccleaner-5-45-update-3521676