Alert: CCleaner hacked with malware

CCleanerCCleaner, one of PCWorld’s recommendations for the best free software for new PCs, might not have been keeping your PC so clean after all. Cisco Talos has discovered a malicious bit of code injected by hackers that could have affected more than 2 million users who downloaded the most recent update.

On Sept. 13, Cisco Talos found that the official download of the free versions of CCleaner 5.33 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191 also contained “a malicious payload that featured a Domain Generation Algorithm as well as hardcoded Command and Control functionality.” What this means to you is that a hacker modified the official program, prior to its release, to include malware that is designed to steal data off your system.

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What should you do?

If you are running any versions of CCleaner, please remove it ASAP. VPSG provides all client PC’s with multiple levels of managed security software. CCleaner, though recommended by PC magazine, is not an authorized application and should not be installed on your systems. Programs can be removed by going to the Control Panel, then Programs. Select CCleaner from the list and click Uninstall.

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