Microsoft and CCleaner apparently bury the hatchet as the latter hits the Microsoft Store


Piriform’s CCleaner, the hugely popular Windows cleaning utility, is the latest great named software coming to the newly revised Microsoft Store for Windows 11. The tool was first spotted by Softpedia although it is still not not available to everyone.

This new entry is particularly interesting because CCleaner, among other registry cleaning software, has had conflicts between itself and Microsoft in the past.

As less than two years ago around August 2020, Microsoft’s Windows Defender was found report CCleaner as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) since CCleaner would be bundled with other non-Piriform software such as:

  • Google chrome

  • google toolbar

  • Avast Free Antivirus

  • AVG Free Antivirus

The Redmond company then revised the CCleaner list of PUA: Win32 / CCleaner at PUA: Win32 / PiriformBundler. Perhaps coincidentally, the bundled software all appear to be rival alternatives to Microsoft’s own offerings.

Going back even further to 2015Microsoft’s senior software development engineer, Gov Maharaj, apparently completely skipped the app during a webcast called The Defrag Show posted on the Microsoft Channel 9 website (the link appears to be no longer available).

Maharaj was apparently trying to advise a user switching their PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on unwanted and unnecessary apps. About CCleaner, Maharaj said:

CCleaner is… how to put it mildly… Don’t… let’s move on!

The phrase and the words showed that Microsoft, at least to some extent, wasn’t much of a fan of the software at the time. But now things seem to have changed.

While we’re on the subject of CCleaner on the Microsoft Store, there appears to be an impostor app masquerading as CCleaner called “PCCleaner“and uses the real CCleaner logo.

Going through Softpedia


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