Re: BleachBit & CCleaner

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  1. Uitlander

    Uitlander Registered Member

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    Does either/both have some sort of 'auto-update' feature, or is there another reason why they need outbound connection to the internet? Both were making regular outcalls on my XP Pro rig, until I blocked them via firewall. I am now preparing to transition to a better PC (using Win 7 Pro 64-bit), and wondering if the current versions of BleachBit and CCleaner need to be blocked as well? Thanks.
     
  2. EASTER

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    Others will chime in for you per those 2 particular programs i'm sure.

    But IF ANYTHING tried to outbound from any of my rigs the first thing I do is investigate which one and then decide if it's ok or not, Such as a trustworthy update or running a check thru Jotti-Virus Total etc.

    Even with updates some prefer to perform it manually. I'm strictly on Windows 8.1 so am not hindered with Microsoft Win 10 shenanigans. But softwares calling home get (Interrupted) first to allot for me the user to decide on that linking out to an outside source or not.
     
  3. Uitlander

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    Both 'phoned home' on my XP Pro PC at least once a week that I recall. Been awhile. I installed both several years ago, and SterJo NetStalker alerted me to the outbound connections soon after. I procrastinated maybe a week or so before using the firewall to end their fun. Was never good enough with SterJo to figure out just what was happening, but my first concern was that info was being tapped and downloaded from my computer. Not that is matters, as I cannot think of any (good) reason why software like CCleaner or BleachBit needs any hidden connections, outbound or inbound.

    Anyway, was just wondering if this stuff continues with the current versions, or has gotten even worse, as with the ever more invasive telemetry of Firefox, Win 10, etc. If so, I will have to figure out how to use the new firewall to block outbound connections before installing them, as I don't think my current firewall (Agnitum Outpost 2009) will work on Win 7. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. EASTER

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    I completely and totally understand the concern and share the same suspicions. We can't trust hardly anything anymore to be on the level and its not necessarily always on purpose. Some do it for the easy payoff and make excuses it's nothing when it very well is. Then there are some apps that can be hijacked at server level unknowns to the server controller management to siphon off PC data for from nefarious reasons to like I mention the quick penny in their greedy coffers.

    Your very savy in keeping a sharp eye out for the frequent call home outbounds especially that often and just for Cleaner Programs?

    It could be nothing at all but it's always the better part of valor to hold to a healthy suspicion when noticing those occurrences if you ask me.
     
  5. Brummelchen

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    You run from out of support to out of support, from vulnerable to vulnerable, exchange devil with the beetleguise.

    Nevertheless, you should start without ccleaner and those tools, windows will run much more smoother. windows 7 is much more sensible to ccleaner than xp.
     
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