Piriform now charging for their software?

If you are not familiar with the name Piriform, they are the publishers of very popular freeware products such as CCleaner, Defraggler and Recuva. It appears Piriform has revamped its policy somewhat and this is causing confusion among users.

Piriform products have previously been available either as Freeware or shareware Business editions. They have recently included an additional version called ‘Home’ which costs $24.95:

Users are unsure of the differences between ‘Free’ and ‘Home’ and are concerned that the Free edition’s feature set may have been cut down to accommodate the new Home version. As I see it, this is not so and the features remain identical. The Free versions include exactly the same features and only if you want the additional ‘Priority Support’ will you then need to pay $24.95. Pretty similar to a donation system really, except you get a little extra something for your money.

As I said, that’s the way I see it. I have sent off an email to Piriform Support requesting clarification, and I shall confirm my understanding of the situation if/when a response is received.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.


  1. That’s rather sad news, C Cleaner has been a staple part of my startup screen for years. Looks like I’ll have to let Advanced System Care [cut down version] do my housekeeping.


  2. George – I think you must have misinterpreted the message mate: The free version of CCleaner is still exactly the same with exactly the same features and it remains free. It’s only if users want the additional ‘Priority support’ that they need pay anything.

    So, no need to abandon CCleaner at all mate. 🙂

  3. “I was disappointed that the piriform doesn’t offer now a free cc cleaner for download.”

    They do. Always did. As Jim said.