Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:58 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Talos recently observed a case where the download servers used by software vendor to distribute a legitimate software package were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Don't use registry cleaners. They serve no purpose.

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RE: CCleaner is great
by Sidux on Tue 19th Sep 2017 15:19 UTC in reply to "CCleaner is great"
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Well .. there are developers that hate it.
That's part of the reason Google no longer allows on Android for other applications to access / manage the cache of existing ones.
Also Apple and Microsoft offered built in options for keeping the system "clean" or at least move the unnecessary data somewhere else..
By design it shouldn't exist if everything is built by the book. Problem is, it never is.

Edited 2017-09-19 15:19 UTC

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