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Avast Now Owns CCleaner After Acquiring Piriform (betanews.com) 101

An anonymous reader writes: Security firm Avast has acquired software firm Piriform. Not only does the acquired company make CCleaner, but many other solid programs too. In fact, the rest of Piriform's library -- Recuva, Speccy, and Defraggler -- are staples of the Windows freeware community. "CCleaner is a leading brand in the market, used by 130 million people, including 15 million Android users. CCleaner has an extensive and extremely loyal community of tech-savvy users, who need to speed up and optimize their PC and Android experience. Avast will maintain the CCleaner brand of products along with Avast's existing performance optimization products, Avast Cleanup and AVG Tune Up. With the addition of CCleaner, Avast has dramatically expanded its product offerings in the PC and smartphone optimization market reaching customers around the world who demand faster performance," says Avast. Vince Steckler, CEO of Avast explains, "We see many commonalities between CCleaner and Avast, allowing for great new products for our user bases. Avast and CCleaner are the top two downloaded products on popular download sites. They are both known by advanced users as focused on performance, so we believe there will be a great interest from our CCleaner customers in using Avast security products and vice versa. In today's connected world, it's all about speed and high performance, and with Piriform's robust technology we can address this need perfectly. We look forward to working with the Piriform team to grow the business together."
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Avast Now Owns CCleaner After Acquiring Piriform

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  • Dammit (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @10:45AM (#54839193)

    Now the freeware Windows maintenance software market has finally gone....pear-shaped.

    YEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by perolator ( 242382 )

      Agree. it looks Piriform software will be Avast bloatware.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        it has already begun. the slim (no crapware toolbar) installer of ccleaner is GONE.. no longer available.. FUCK YOU, AVAST.

        i knew there was a reason i just recently dumped avast for avira.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Avast used to be pretty decent, and then it turned into ungodly bloatware.

    CCleaner used to be pretty decent, and then it turned into ungodly bloatware.

    I can only imagine what's going to happen now that they'll be having children.

  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @10:55AM (#54839271)
    I haven't used CCleaner since Windows Vista got released ten years ago.
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @10:57AM (#54839293)
    >> solid programs

    I'll bet. You'll probably need to increase your fiber intake to get rid of them.

    >> Recuva

    Er...no comment.
  • Where's the god damn channel changer!

  • by Aspasia13 ( 700702 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @11:01AM (#54839319)
    So there's further consolidation in the adware/bloatware removal market. One could say this might be a part of Avast conspiracy!
  • Good, maybe now CCleaner can go back on Ninite, as it was Piriform that pulled it.

    Avast has been available on Ninite forever, so I expect CCleaner to show up again.

  • Good stuff (Score:5, Funny)

    by Presence Eternal ( 56763 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @11:16AM (#54839417)
    Ah, ccleaner. Just what I need to clean my browser cache, registry, and temp files! I admit it's not perfect, which is why I have Best Buy run a pc tune up every six months. Best to get unwanted toolbars removed by the pros is what I always say. Don't forget to have them make sure your page file is a static size though, sometimes they forget!
  • by petes_PoV ( 912422 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @11:24AM (#54839497)

    Avast will maintain the CCleaner brand of products

    Good, because I generally use CCleaner to get rid of crappy anti-virus apps.

  • Crap. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Jody Bruchon ( 3404363 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @11:47AM (#54839725)
    I install CCleaner on PCs all the time and tell people to run it at least once a month. Of course, ever since one of the major version bumps (I think 4.0?) I've had to precede that with a file called "ccleaner_disable_monitoring.reg" so I don't have to go into settings and manually disable the "active monitoring" crap that the program then warns you and "ARE YOU SURE?!?!?!111" smacks you for trying to turn off. I used to install Avast on everything too since it was free and didn't slow the machines down as much as other options, but now I have to un-check a bunch of boxes in the installer and every new iteration and they keep adding useless "modules" that annoy the crap out of everyone, so as of Windows 10 I just tell people Windows Defender is fine and leave it at that.

    It'll be interesting to see how they intend to modify their products. Also, when did AVG become a re-skinned Avast? That was surprising.
    • It'll be interesting to see how they intend to modify their products. Also, when did AVG become a re-skinned Avast? That was surprising.

      Do you even know what you're complaining about? Big antivirus companies like Kasperksy, BitDefender shove down their "privacy cleaner", "password-manager", "software updater" along with installation and doesn't even give a "choice" to the user whether he wants to install them or not! What is Avast doing so bad when it "offers" you what components you wish to install and w

      • Uh, yes, I know what I'm complaining about. Avast will install previously unavailable components during updates without asking the user. I think the real problem is that you don't know what I'm complaining about.
  • If it works, malware buys it, if it don't, avast will.

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