After pop up ads shown by CCleaner previous version, we’ve now a new version of CCleaner 5.45 available with changes that may irritate and annoy you even more. Piriform has taken away the data collection opt-out setting from Privacy Settings of CCleaner. And they’ve a new reporting system in place for CCleaner which sends heartbeat for every 12 hours, that informs up-to-date usage statistics to Avast, Avast claims this allows them to quickly push bug fixes and product improvements.
Forced Active monitoring
CCleaner has two monitoring features enabled by default, one is System Monitoring and other one is Active Monitoring. System Monitoring shows a notification if cleaning with CCleaner saves more than 0.5 GB of disk space. On the other hand, Active Monitoring checks for CCleaner product updates and alerts you when a new version of CCleaner is available. Both features can be disabled by visiting CCleaner > Options> Monitoring.
Unfortunately, CCleaner 5.45 isn’t honoring active monitoring setting. If you disable the setting, it has no effect as you can notice CCleaner icon in the system tray saying ‘CCleaner monitoring is active’. Is this a bug ? Or intentional change by Avast, we’ll know that soon. But here is how you can turn off CCleaner active monitoring in version 5.45.
Disable Active Monitoring in CCleaner 5.45
- Launch Task Manager
- Click on Startup tab, select ‘CCleaner’ and click Disable
3. Restart your computer.
If you’re using Windows 7 or other Windows version, type msconfig in Run dialog to open system configuration and disable the CCleaner startup item.
Clarification: The CCleaner has activate monitoring feature permanently enabled by default, which you can’t disable. When you disable it, it gets re-enabled again. But by disabling CCleaner startup item, we’re able to prevent CCleaner from running on startup of computer.
But when you open or run CCleaner at least once in the session, CCleaner monitoring will be active in that session, which you can’t end even if close CCleaner. But you can kill its process in Task Manager. So to avoid this, open and run CCleaner only, if you do some cleaning, unless don’t use the app to prevent activation of CCleaner monitoring.
August 01, 2018 Update: Finally, Avast responded on the issue.
August 07. 2018: Piriform has removed CCleaner 5.45 and restored CCleaner 5.44 on their site, you can download 5.44 version from CCleaner website now.