CCleaner, the incredibly popular PC maintenance utility, has been hacked to include malware. Here’s how to tell if you were affected, and what you should do.
The attack was discovered by researchers at Cisco Talos, who found that “the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33. . .also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner.” CCleaner’s parent company, Piriform (who was recently bought by terrible antivirus company Avast), acknowledged the issue shortly thereafter.
Thankfully, it looks like this malware only affected a certain subset of CCleaner users. In particular, it affected:
Users running the 32-bit version of the application (not the 64-bit version)
Users running version 5.33.6162 of CCleaner or CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191, released on August 15th, 2017
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