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My OH has just been trying to clean up the software on her new (ish) laptop.
( don’t be so smutty)

Part of the advice that she was following suggested that she downloaded CC Cleaner. When she attempted to do so from the main site, a red Macaffe warning appeared on the computer screen warning of the ‘Danger’ of continuing with the download.

Comming from Macafe, I know what it sounds like to me.

What does anyone else think?

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One or two things come to mind. Your anti-virus may just be trying to put you off taking on a free solution that they could provide for a fee. Or the source you are downloading CCleaner from could be loading some crapware in the the goods. Always download things from the developer's own website. Hosting sites get their funding from adding crapware and sometimes malware in with the main software. https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download would be the safest place to download from. If you AV warns against it then it is just telling porkies.
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Just beware when you run the install program.
Piriform, who produce CCleaner, is now owned by Avast and the install program sometimes tries to install Avast Antivirus as well - look carefully at the bottom LHS of the install box and untick the check box, if it is there.

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Yes! Sorry I forgot about that most important point. When installing ANYTHING look carefully for an advanced or custom option. Take that route instead of the Quick or Express install. It will give you the option to untick the last minute extras that you never really need. They like to sneak them in.
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Re: Macafe

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If you are using the most up to date Windows 10, I see that their own Anti-Virus/Security suite is getting good results.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsof ... 0464.shtml

No need for 3rd party security software any longer?

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If you use windows 10 then turn on defender as your antivirus and ditch macafee. It can be tricky to get the free version of Ccleaner from piriform, but it is there on the web site. As has been said it does come with other software just uncheck the tick box to not download any extras. Don't forget to clear the registry when using ccleaner as well as cleaning up the normal browser and windows stuff. It can make quite a difference to startup and running issues.

Better to use one of the internet guides for uninstalling macafee completely, it does so love to leave odds and ends to trip you up later.

Just my 2cents.

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Crabtree wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:54 pm
If you are using the most up to date Windows 10, I see that their own Anti-Virus/Security suite is getting good results.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsof ... 0464.shtml

No need for 3rd party security software any longer?
If you are using ANY Windows 10 you certainly need 3rd party security software - starting with https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

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Re: Macafe

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Sprocket wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:49 pm
If you use windows 10 then turn on defender as your antivirus and ditch macafee. It can be tricky to get the free version of Ccleaner from piriform, but it is there on the web site. ...

Better to use one of the internet guides for uninstalling macafee completely, it does so love to leave odds and ends to trip you up later.
+1, though I wouldn't go within a mile of the Registry!

Windows 10 divides opinion. When it arrived, it contained a lot of difficult-to-control intrusive "functionality" and that caused a great deal of antipathy. This was just advertising - MS products, of course - aimed at drawing you into the MS ecosystem. I experienced it when upgrading from W8.

I - not a techie any more, but confident in finding answers on t'Internet - managed to disable the irritating stuff quite easily.

Over the last 3 years I've bought two new W10 laptops. None of the earlier "functionality" (ie the advertising "hints") remains. There's nothing to disable any more and W10 is what you'd expect it to be.

I would use Malwarebytes, and if CCleaner does something you need then by all means use it (I used to, but don't any more). Just be sure, before you download anything, that you know why you're downloading it and what it will do for you.
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Same old nonsense.

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It still does include the same difficult-to-control intrusive "functionality".

I just installed 1909 on my son's games machine and it required a Microsoft Account for login - did not have time to work out how to bypass it sadly - but as it is games machine I am less fussed - if he gets an advert for funeral services pop up in the middle of his game when he blasts a baddie then so be it. I will sort it more over longer Christmas holidays.

Shutup 10 is a minimum requirement, I suggest.

For my systems - I have kept one old Windows 7 and Office 2010 for file compatibility - it will not go near 10 or Office 365 (which incidentally is down for some users at present). I will install last security patches in January then virtualise it and do a few other things.

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