Microsoft’s relationship with CCleaner has never been good . As a general rule, those of Redmond are suspicious of applications whose specialty is to touch the guts of the operating system. And this attitude is understandable, because an incorrect modification in the configuration registry, the deletion of a key system file and other similar operations, which can be carried out by mistake by this type of software, can have disastrous effects on the system. same.
But the CCleaner case goes further. Back in 2015 a Microsoft chief engineer made his opinion on CCleaner clear for the reason he raised earlier, but everything got worse when, in 2018, it first became known that a version of the program had a back door , and only a month later CCleaner returned to this in the pillory for the inclusion of advertising . But the auction came, without a doubt, in 2019, when Microsoft took one more step, by adding it to its blacklist .
As we already told you at that time, this average means that CCleaner should not appear on the company’s pages , it cannot be recommended in them and the comments or interventions of users that include Links to the software or to its website are removed, either by automatic moderation systems or by the moderators of said communities. In other words, we are talking about a full-blown bolt.
However, and surprisingly, it seems that it has gone from the black list to the gray list, or maybe even to the white list, since for a few days it has been possible to install CCleaner from Microsoft Store, the Windows app store. This seems to confirm the opening trend of Microsoft with its store, something that already led, a few months ago, to the first time in its history Mozilla Firefox also made the leap to the Windows store .
It is clear that in Redmond they have set the goal of making the Windows application store more attractive for users, and obviously a key factor for this is that it has the applications most sought after by the users. To this end, the company has relaxed the necessary rules for the inclusion of software in the store, so it is possible that we will receive more surprising news in this regard in the coming months.
Now, that Microsoft has opened both the hand and to allow in its store the inclusion of software that until now was practically banned on its website , and that also allows its installation even On systems with fairly high security settings, such as Windows 10 and 11 S, it is surprising to say the least. Have there been any changes to CCleaner that allow Microsoft to now consider it safe? Or perhaps it is that you have decided to renounce the tutelage of what the users of your operating system do? Or maybe a middle ground between the two?