Trish has a question about CCleaner. “I downloaded and ran CCleaner per your recommendation. It recommended to remove several ‘applications’ like PDFCreator. I rely heavily on this, why does CCleaner want it removed? Don’t understand & need this application.”
Trish there are a couple of possibilities. Sometimes software will identify something as a potential threat because it just plain doesn’t recognize it. CCleaner is smart, but it isn’t all-knowing. The program uses certain criteria to identify malware. It’s possible for something to meet some of those criteria without it actually being Malware.
There is a known issue with some versions of PDF Creator. It has been known to come with a stowaway progam called PDFforge Toolbar. This is a piece of adware that can redirect you to other websites instead of your normal search engines.
But it is removable without removing PDF creator in its entirety.
Go to your search box and type Uninstall or change a program and click on the resut.
Then search for for “pdfforge Toolbar”
Find it on the list of installed programs and then click Uninstall.
Another not-so-pleasant possibility is that crooks have been know to get their hands on freeware and attach malware. So you’ll want to make sure that you get your freeware from a trusted site.
If you’ve been using PDF Creator for a long time with no issues, it probably is fine. You don’t always have to take CCleaner’s advice.