AdwCleaner by ToolsLib is a very popular and an efficient stand-alone freeware for Windows computers, that helps remove Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs or PUPs, Toolbars, Browser Hijackers, Crapware, Junkware & other forms of malware.
AdwCleaner is a stand-alone portable tool, so once you have downloaded it, just run its executable file, accept the terms – and you will see the following interface open. The main overview of the program is simple and has it all.
Clicking on the Scan button will start checking your computer for malicious software. The Scan may take several minutes, as it scans your entire PC for AdWare, Potentially Unwanted Programs or PUPs, Unwanted Toolbars, Browser Hijackers, Crapware, Junkware and finally presents you with a list of malicious entries which need to be removed.
It can also detect residual files, folders, DLL files, Services, Scheduled Tasks, WMI, malicious shortcuts and registry entries from such unwanted software and help you clean up your computer completely.
The program creates a log file of the suspicious files on your PC. You should check the details before you remove an entry completely from your computer. Clicking on the Logfile button will open the log file. Do uncheck the elements you want to keep.
Clicking on the Clean button will remove the unwanted programs. All other open programs and windows on your computer will be closed to ensure that the cleaning is done completely.
Once the cleaning is completed, you will see the following dialog box, that suggests precautions you need to take in future to ensure that your computer does not get infected again. It is worth reading the note.
Click on OK, and the tool will ask for a computer restart in order to complete the malware removal process.
Click on OK to restart your PC.
Once the computer has rebooted to your desktop, you will see a log file open. This log file lists the changes that it has made to your system.
Although I have Kaspersky Internet Security Suite installed and I run the free Malwarebytes on-demand, the tool found eight potential threats on my PC – Registry entries, files, and folders were detected as potentially risky. I went through the list and decided to remove them all.
AdwCleaner has more Options!
If you click Tools on the menu bar and open Options, you will see the following panel.
You can adjust the settings of the cleaner by selecting deletion of Image File Execution Option keys, Tracing keys and Prefetch files. You can also select Normal or Debug Mode and the Database options – Local or Server.
This useful freeware lets you carry out the following tasks with the click of your button:
- Reset Proxy
- Reset Winsock
- Reset TCP/IP
- Reset Firewall
- Reset IPSec
- Reset BITS queue
- Rest IE Policies
- Reset Chrome preferences
- Reset Hosts file.
The latest version v6.010 released recently brings some major updates like improved detections, quarantine file restoration, Trotux detection, and various GUI improvements. The update also includes various language supports like Chinese, Turkish, Japanese, Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian and Italian.
AdwCleaner collects and stores the statistics related to the software usage such as the software version you are using, the mode of execution, scan and cleaning duration, the number of threats detected, cleaned and not cleaned, etc. These details are used for further updates.
AdwCleaner free download
AdWCleaner, now acquired by Malwarebytes, is a powerful must-have tool to have on your Windows system – and is meant to complement your antivirus software. So even if you have one installed, it would be a good idea to scan your computer with AdwCleaner from time to time. If you are seeing new toolbars, add-ons or doubt the installation of PUPs on your PC, you definitely want to run AdwCleaner.
You can download the latest version AdwCleaner from here. It supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
Overall it is a nice, simple and useful tool to detect and remove unwanted software from your PC, and I recommend it highly.