AdwCleaner review & free download: Remove unwanted programs from Windows PC

AdwCleaner 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. Let us take a look at the features of the latest AdwCleaner v 7.0 which is now available for download.

AdwCleaner review

AdwCleaner 7.0 has been completely re-written in C++ language and gets a new user interface as well as a new database format.  It 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.

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Clicking on the Scan button will make the tool look for available updates and if they are it will update its database. Once this is done, it will start checking your computer for malicious software.

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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.

AdwCleaner 7.0 review

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. However, the results are now displayed per families instead of per type of element. This allows users to directly select or deselect a whole Adware or PUP that a user may want to keep. It’s also possible to get more information on the malware family by right-clicking on it.

 

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 Logfiles button will open the log file. Do check the elements.

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.

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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 potential threats on my PC. 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:

The latest version v7.0 recently brings some major updates like faster scan speed, 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, originally developed by ToolsLib and 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, both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. This version may not run on Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Overall it is a nice, simple and useful tool to detect and remove unwanted software from your PC, and I recommend it highly.

Post originally published on 5th Sept 2016; Updated on 19th July 2017.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.