If you use CCleaner, the popular PC optimization tool on your computer, you may want to disable the scheduled tasks it has added to Windows and it’s startup item as well.

Disable CCleaner’ scheduled tasks

CCleaner can function without running these scheduled tasks in Windows:

CCleanerSKipUAC: If you’ve UAC enabled on Windows (most users disable it after installing Windows), it comes in the way and asks permission to run CCleaner. To avoid UAC dialog, Piriform has added CCleanerSkipUAC scheduled task.

CCleaner Update: After the CCleaner 5.33 security incident, Piriform has added Emergency Updater to CCleaner 5.36, which allows Avast to force a software update when an emergency situation occurs. The update check runs as Scheduled task on windows with the name CCleaner Update.

Security Alert : CCleaner 5.33 compromised with malware, remove it immediately

Now to disable these

  1. Visit Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative tools and double click ‘Task Scheduler’.
  2. Select ‘Task Scheduler Library’, which displays all tasks running in the right pane.
  3. Select the scheduled task and click disable button .

Note: You can delete both the tasks, but CCleanerSKipUAC get re-added again, but you can successfully delete CCleaner Update.

Windows: How to Create and Delete Scheduled Tasks

Disable CCleaner active monitoring to disable its startup item

CCleaner Active monitoring monitors your system in the background and alerts you if any update or new release is available. Because of Active monitoring is turned on, you can notice CCleaner in startup items list.

To disable both system monitoring  and active monitoring in CCleaner,

1. Open CCleaner, click on Options > Monitoring,

2. Uncheck ‘Enable System Monitoring’ and ‘Enable Active Monitoring’.