Summary

On Monday, September 18th, Cisco’s Talos reported that the popular computer cleaning utility, CCleaner, was found to distributing Malware for about the last month.

For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week.

For our managed services customers, we are actively uninstalled CCleaner and running clean up scans immediately.  We highly recommend that anyone that does not have IT managed services actively monitoring and fixing this, uninstall CCleaner themselves (or contact us) and then follow up with an antivirus scan, such as Webroot or MalwareBytes.

Impact

At this point it is too early to know what impact the malware has had, if any. No early reports indicate that it was “activated” in a way to cause malicious actions on end computers. However, we expect to learn more over the next few days and may well discover that it has impacted specific organizations.

Technical

Scripting CCleaner Uninstall: http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/how-to-install-run-and-remove-ccleaner-silently-script-in-k1000

Talos Post: http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/09/avast-distributes-malware.html

Piriform’s announcement: http://www.piriform.com/news/blog/2017/9/18/security-notification-for-ccleaner-v5336162-and-ccleaner-cloud-v1073191-for-32-bit-windows-users