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Popular download utility we love gets a major update

Popular download utility we love gets a major update

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the clutter piling up around your house? It seems to take on a life of its own, growing and claiming more and more space.

Your home isn't the only thing that can get cluttered up in your life. Your computer can fill up with trash files also. The longer you've had it and the more you use it the better chance it has of being bogged down with junk. It can really slow your system down, which is super annoying.

That's why it's a good idea to use a utility designed to regularly clean up your computer. One of our favorites is getting a much needed major update to make things more secure.

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Have you ever used the popular system cleaning tool, CCleaner? It works for both Mac and Windows systems and it gets rid of temporary files, broken shortcuts and other things that gum up your computer and slow it down.

CCleaner recently got into trouble with its data collection policies. It started using a data collection method called Active Monitoring and people freaked out. Most likely because of the name.

The company said the program collected anonymized data to get a better insight into how its users interact with the software. It also said it helps prioritize bug fixes and future improvements in the product experience.

To be honest, most apps and downloads out there collect data and share it with third parties. But you typically have the chance to opt-out.

In CCleaner's case, the opt-out was extremely hard to do. Now, they are going to make the opt-out process easier.

The company is promising that any data it grabs will not be able to be personally identified. There are other issues that CCleaner promised to fix as well, like the program's ease of exit. Apparently, in the past, the program would remain open and minimize but not close completely.

It's also going to minimize ads and get rid of other annoyances. Look for CCleaner v5.45 to download and it will have all of the promised updates when it's released in a few weeks.

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