CCleaner 5.50 released

[German]Just a brief information for CCleaner users, since I know that some of my blog readers are interested. Piriform has released end of November 2018 CCleaner 5.50, a free Windows cleaning and optimization tool.


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CCleaner is a free tool to clean up Windows – Wikipedia writes here about ‘optimization’. Some hints on what is ‘cleaned and optimized’ can be found at Askvg. I would quote CCleaner as a kind of snake oil (not really necessary). Nevertheless, Piriform has announced an update within the following tweet.

Also Martin Brinkmann has published an article – and also Bleeping Computer covers the topic here.

What’s new in CCleaner 5.50?

Piriform writes within the release notes that in this version ‘update settings’ has been improved. In version 5.50 it was claimed that, ‘based on user feedback’ this version offers more control and transparency over when updates are performed. More information on these changes can be found on the CCleaner Blog. Here is a list of changes.

  • Added new menu: ‘Options’ > ‘Updates’
  • Moved ‘Inform me of updates to CCleaner’ setting to the ‘Updates’ menu
  • Replaced ‘Enable silent background updates’ setting with separate settings for automatic product updates and product update notifications
  • Added new settings to control important updates and their notifications
  • Automatic product updates are now enabled for anyone upgrading to CCleaner Professional (these can be disabled in the ‘Updates’ menu)

CCleaner Free may be downloaded here. CCleaner Professional will be updated automatically. CCleaner 5.50 supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and Windows 10.

At this point again my warning: I generally advise against using the tool. Actually these ‘cleanups’ are superfluous – Windows can do a lot too. In addition, there is always the danger that something will break. Piriform and CCleaner have also attracted attention in the past through a series of unpleasant stories. You can read the details in the following linked articles. So nobody can claim that I didn’t warn.

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1 Response to CCleaner 5.50 released

  1. EP says:

    oh guenni:

    CCleaner version 5.52 just came out yesterday Jan. 17:
    https://www.ccleaner.com/news/release-announcements

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