Anti-virus software giant Avast has announced the acquisition of London-based software company Piriform, best known for its CCleaner junk-file removal software.
Avast, which has already swallowed its biggest rival AVG, has promised to leave Piriform to do its own thing, but given that Avast and AVG both offer "tune up" applications, (Avast Cleanup and AVG Tuneup) one does have to wonder what the motivation is, if so.
CCleaner was first released as "Crap Cleaner" in 2003, and has now been downloaded over 2 billion times. In 2014, the company released a version for Android, its first mobile product. Then in 2015, it released a cloud edition which required no software download to do its cleaning.
Other apps from the company include Recuva (file recovery), Defraggler (defragging) and Speccy (benchmarking). All are offered on a freemium basis, with the paid tier focused largely on commerical users.
The company has always retained an open source style philosophy of making its money from support, rather than sales.
The Czech based Avast has long offered free malware protection, again with freemium levels, and after buying out AVG this time last year for a cool $1.3bn the company is looking to strengthen other aspects of its portfolio.
"We see many commonalities between CCleaner and Avast, allowing for great new products for our user bases. Avast and CCleaner are the top two downloaded products on popular download sites. They are both known by advanced users as focused on performance, so we believe there will be a great interest from our CCleaner customers in using Avast security products and vice versa," said Vince Steckler, CEO of Avast.
"In today's connected world, it's all about speed and high performance, and with Piriform's robust technology we can address this need perfectly. We look forward to working with the Piriform team to grow the business together."
Piriform will become part of Avast's consumer business reporting direct to Ondrej Vicek, Avast's CTO.
Financials were not disclosed.
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