Beware of CCleaner now Hacked an Spreading Malware
CCleaner is popular application also as number tools for cleaning pc , softwae optimize the pc by removing junks and browser data . It’s available in free as well as paid version . All versions do speed up and privacy protection ,while the paid version giving extra layer security like a real time monitoring , scheduling , automatic updates and better support . CCleaner also have cloud based tool to check the problem with in the browser . CCleaner with 2 billion downloads and 125 million user . CCleaner is world’s leading malware and virus remove tools and every month added 5 million new user to the service .
Avast owned CCleaner get infected ,the multinational cyber security firm that recently bought Piriform, says it believes the compromised software was installed on 2.27 million machines. if you have downloaded ccleaner between August 15 and September 12 than you need install updated version of software for the safety purpose and for removing security leak from the old version .
The malware was also programmed to collect a bunch of user data, including:
- Name of the computer
- List of installed software
- including Windows updates
- List of running processes
- MAC addresses of first three network adapters
- Additional information whether the process is running with administrator privileges, whether it is a 64-bit system, etc.
Security researchers from Cisco Talos discovered that the download servers used by Avast to let users download the application were compromised by some unknown hackers, who replaced the original version of the software with the malicious one and distributed it to millions of users for around a month.
According to Avast Reports through Forbes the malware-infested version of CCleaner was downloaded by 2.27 million users. Speaking to Forbes, Avast chief technical officer Ondrej Vlcek said that, “2.27 million is certainly a large number, so we’re not downplaying in any way. It’s a serious incident. But based on all the knowledge, we don’t think there’s any reason for users to panic.
How to Remove Malware from the Pc
Affected users are strongly recommended to update their CCleaner software to version 5.34 or higher, in order to protect their computers from being compromised. The latest version is available for download here.
Who hacked CCleaner?
It’s not yet clear, and Piriform is declining to speculate. The company says the investigation is “still ongoing.”