CCleaner v5.53.7034 available, forced update again?

[German]A brief information for CCleaner users (I know that some of my blog readers are interested in that stuff). Piriform released an update to CCleaner v5.53.7034 for Windows on February 19, 2019.


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).

(Source: Talos)

German blog reader Dieter F. sent me a mail about the update (many thanks for that).

What’s new in CCleaner v5.53.7034?

Piriform writes in the release notes that this version includes several improvements and new rules. Here is the list of new features.

Cleaning Rules
– New cleaning rules for Amazon Music and Amazon Kindle
– Increased the default Smart Cleaning notification threshold
– Fixed a crash when running CCleaner alongside Norton AV products
– Fixed a crash in the Professional Trial


Users of the free version of CCleaner must update it manually. The new version of CCleaner Free can be downloaded from this website. CCleaner Professional is updated automatically. CCleaner 5.5x runs under Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and Windows 10. It is also available as an app for Android.

Forced upgrade again with CCleaner Professional?

According to Piriform, users of CCleaner Professional have the automatic product update activated. However, this option can be deactivated in the settings. German blog reader Dekre left this comment within my German blog, saying:

that the CCleaner, despite deactivation, simply updates itself automatically to the new version.

I assume that he has the CCleaner Professional version, because in the paid version the auto-update is supported. But the user settings should have priority. Blog reader Dekre mentioned also,

that the unchecked option to collect telemetry data is overwritten during upgrade and the option is simply set again.

Dekre mentioned this post from Bleeping Computer, mentions this behavior on September 17, 2018. I’ve have addressed this behavior on Sept. 12, .2018 within my blog post CCleaner forces update from v5.38 to v5.46. Within this article I outlined also some security issues (DLL hijacking) associated with CCleaner).

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 v5.53.7034 available, forced update again?

  1. EP says:

    Um, CCleaner 5.54 has just been released, guenni.
    I’m skipping the 5.53 version

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