Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to reports published by MorphiSec and Cisco Talos. If you want to know whether your computer is infected, please click here to see the previous article.

What is the malware in CCleaner this time?

Malware is short for malicious software, which is considered an annoying or harmful type of software intended to secretly access a device without the user's knowledge. Types of malware include spyware, adware, Trojan, ransomware and so on. This time, the malware infecting CCleaner is called Floxif, which is designed to download other malware and send information about the infected system to a server.

The malware collected information such as computer name, the list of installed software and running processes, and unique IDs to identify each computer in part. Researchers in Malwarebytes Labs noted that the malware only ran on 32-bit systems. The malware also quit behaving if the administrator account is not used.

How to remove the malware in CCleaner for free

Method 1 | Update CCleaner to v5.34

Updating CCleaner to v5.34 removes the old executable and the malware. CCleaner does not have an auto-update system, so users must download and install CCleaner 5.34 manually.

Method 2 | Use Free Anti-Malware tool

Reputable anti-malware free version software is capable of detecting and removing this Trojan, like Malwarebytes.

How to avoid this kind of Malware

1. Use powerful antivirus and anti-malware software.

2. Don't open email attachments from unknown or unexpected sources.

3. Install Neptune SystemCare Ultimate. The Real-time scanning can identify and stop the apps and processes attempting to modify your computer and change the Windows registry. The malware hacked CCleaner would use and modify Windows registry to realize its intent. Therefore, it is necessary to embrace real-time protection that would notify you of the registry which is being tried to change.