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CCleaner Pro Lifetime Licence - why has it expired?

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1 hour ago, Derek_S said:

I was going to write the following:

"Be aware you cannot download and install the latest version from the CCleaner website and register it as the Professional version using your original serial number though. The latest versions are subscription type. You can install your original installation file if you still have it and register that, or you can go to https://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/history/ and download a newer version that should still accept your original serial number. As I have posted previously, in my experience you're OK up to version 5.58.7209 which was published on June 6th last year but be sure to turn off automatic updates as soon as it's installed. Anything newer than that will disable certain Professional features such as automatic cleaning".

However, I just checked my own copy which was  version 5.58.7209 installed last year and has been working OK with smart cleaning prompting me to run the cleaning function every few days to save x amount of wasted space until just a couple of days ago and find it has mysteriously updated itself to the latest version despite ignoring getting several spurious messages about the licence expiring over the Christmas/New Year period. This should not have happened. I have automatic updates turned off, CCleaner and Piriform have been blocked from incoming connections in Windows Firewall since last year. I last got the prompt to clean the PC just a couple of days ago but had to ignore it because I was in the middle of running some app or other. I did run it manually afterwards though so I'm wondering whether that triggered something. I can't see anything has changed in the settings when I opened CCleaner a few minutes ago to check the version, whereas when I was automatically updated to a newer version last time certain key functions were disabled hence why I got involved in this discussion in the first place.

I'll have to see whether I still get the automatic prompts to clean my PC in the next couple of days. If I don't, I wont be happy as that is the key reason I use the product.


I have not had the same issue when i use my key to unlock the latest trial downloads , my key purchased many years ago successfully unlocks all pro features , admittedly i get the nag box , but is otherwise fully functional?

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Well, the discussion has been going on for over a year now and things may have changed more than once. The first time I needed to reinstall was when I built my current PC at the end of 2017 and discovered when I downloaded the latest version at that time that it would not accept my registration details and said they had expired. I used my original CD to reinstall, registered that instead, upgraded to the latest version and it kept working. A year later, I was informed my licence had expired and that's when I googled the problem and found this thread. It did continue to work though until last summer when it reverted to the free version and after advice from someone, I downloaded various versions from filehippo and found that any one of them dated after the June 6th version reverted to the free version and lost some key features. If I can now have the latest version and it retains the Pro features, that's changed since last summer.

As I have mentioned in the past, my version was a boxed one allowing multiple installations. A member of CCleaner staff checked the serial number for me and confirmed it was genuine. It's possible there may be subtle differences to the downloadeed versions most people have though.

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5 hours ago, Derek_S said:

Well, the discussion has been going on for over a year now and things may have changed more than once. The first time I needed to reinstall was when I built my current PC at the end of 2017 and discovered when I downloaded the latest version at that time that it would not accept my registration details and said they had expired. I used my original CD to reinstall, registered that instead, upgraded to the latest version and it kept working. A year later, I was informed my licence had expired and that's when I googled the problem and found this thread. It did continue to work though until last summer when it reverted to the free version and after advice from someone, I downloaded various versions from filehippo and found that any one of them dated after the June 6th version reverted to the free version and lost some key features. If I can now have the latest version and it retains the Pro features, that's changed since last summer.

As I have mentioned in the past, my version was a boxed one allowing multiple installations. A member of CCleaner staff checked the serial number for me and confirmed it was genuine. It's possible there may be subtle differences to the downloaded versions most people have though.

My version i bought directly from piriform  so could well explain it.

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I was impressed with what I'd read about CCleaner.  I was going to purchase the Professional version...I only have one computer, but I felt I needed some of the advanced features of the Pro version.  They have it marked down from $40 to $30...que vunderbar.  But I couldn't determine from their site if it was a lifetime license or a yearly subscription.  I found this site.  Got my answer.  I've been reading this thread with interest.  I read ALL the posts on pages 1 and 2, then skipped to the last two pages.  Wow.

As far as annual subscription software, I am NOT a fan.  I was an accomplished VBA application programmer (MS Excel), but I switched from Excel to LibreOffice Calc when MS dreamed up the Office 365 subscription plan.

I will not rent my software. I'll look for an alternative to CCleaner.  Anyone have a suggestion?

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10 hours ago, OffGrid9 said:

 I'll look for an alternative to CCleaner.  Anyone have a suggestion?

 

This is an official Piriform company forum, suggestions for rival products are obviously not going to be allowed on any company forum.

In other words - Don't waste your time posting a suggestion for rival software here, any such suggestion will be removed.

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