While we've reviewed several premium optimization and maintenance software for both Mac and PC, CCleaner has always remained the best free alternative providing a great deal of features and ease of use without the need to spend any money.
CCleaner's parent company, Piriform, has established a name in the industry not only with their optimization software but also with their other free programs like Defraggler (defragmentation tool), Recuva (file recovery software) and Speccy (a detailed hardware specification analysis tool).
In a move that will either make or break the future of their products, Piriform as a whole was acquired this morning by antivirus giant, Avast, for an undisclosed amount of money. According to the press release, CCleaner has a user base of over 130 million users including 15 million from Android.
For those who are unfamiliar with Avast, they are a private tech security and antivirus company that has over 400 million users and owns 40% market share in security software outside of China. Last year, they acquired AVG Technologies, another popular antivirus software for a whopping $1.3B.
What does this mean for CCleaner or other Piriform software users? Well, usually this type of acquisition forces them to monetize the previously entirely free software to make back their investment on the purchase. Hopefully, they don't ruin what is arguably the best free optimization software ever made, but at the very least I anticipate them adding some way to convert CCleaner users into Avast customers or incorporating CCleaner technology into their premium Avast Cleanup software which a license runs $50/year.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.