Avast bundles Avast Free Antivirus with CCleaner after buying Piriform

By: Carmen Stan
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Avast Free Antivirus CCleaner

Piriform, the maker of CCleaner, was acquired by Avast back in July 2017. Avast is well-known for its line of free and commercial security products targeted at Windows and more Oss and also for purchasing the security company AVG.

CCleaner was released by Piriform more than ten years ago, and the program managed to become one of the most popular cleaning programs for Windows. U

nfortunately, the company’s infrastructure was compromised in September, and as a result, a malicious version of CCleaner was spread from the company servers.

Avast purchases Piriform

The two companies said that Piriform would definitely continue to develop CCleaner and more products and these would be maintained separately from Avast’s own software.

Avast made sure to deliver a few hints about some synergies when the company announced the acquisition, and if you downloaded and installed the CCleaner app on your Windows system lately, you might have identified such a synergy already.

CCleaner comes with Avast Free Antivirus

ccleaner

The CCleaner has included adware offers for years, and advanced users who wanted to dodge them did it by purchasing the portable version of the app. The installer download is placed on the site and most users get the app.

The most recent installer includes Avast Free Antivirus, and you’ll see it on the first page of the installer.

If you don’t pay attention, you’ll also get Avast Free Antivirus when you install CCleaner because it’s enabled by default.

Even if Avast’s products are better than apps that come with adware installers, it’s still not great that this happens. If you don’t want Avast installed on your system, you have to uncheck the Get Avast Free Antivirus now box from the installer.

It is recommended that you download the portable version of CCleaner.

Pushing the antivirus software to users the nicest thing to do and probably lots of users won’t be too thrilled when they notice that they also got the Avast Free Antivirus even though all they wanted was CCleaner.

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