AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 122 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.115
  • Total Downloads:
    2,479,259
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 18, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    32,388
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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We all love freeware, but someone has to pay the bills. That means sponsors who want you to try their products. You can decline optional downloads, but every now and then, unwelcome programs appear. The answer? More freeware, of course! Xplode's AdwCleaner is portable freeware that targets and removes adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). It's lightweight and fast, making it ideal for quick, regular preventative maintenance. It's Windows 8-ready, too.

We extracted and ran AdwCleaner on an ordinary Windows 7 PC with typical protection. AdwCleaner's logo-dominated user interface is small and generally easy to figure out. The controls are limited to Search and Delete buttons, though an unobtrusive Help feature in the upper-left corner accesses not only the program's options, which basically let you remove browsers and other items from the scan, but also the developer's site, where you'll find more information about AdwCleaner and PUPs, too. Clicking the Uninstall button completely removes this portable program from your system. That's a great feature if you're disinfecting a computer for a friend or relative since it leaves no traces behind, but it also deletes the executable file, so we suggest simply closing the window when you run AdwCleaner at home. When you're cleaning someone else's PC, simply copy AdwCleaner from your USB drive to the host machine and hit Uninstall when you're done.

We clicked Search, and a progress bar tracked AdwCleaner's scan. The scan finished quickly and turned up a small litter of PUPs whose pedigree AdwCleaner listed in a text file. While none was a serious threat, we were only too happy to send the whole bunch packing. AdwCleaner required a reboot to finish the job, which is usually a good sign, because a reboot is often required to thoroughly purge persistent PUPs, not to mention adware, toolbars, and other unwanted yet hard-to-eradicate software. But before and after we cleaned up after the PUPs, we also ran some similar freeware cleaners. AdwCleaner found things the others missed but also missed some minor items other tools found. That was more than enough reason to add AdwCleaner to our regularly scheduled maintenance.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Removes SweetPacks and sweetim"

March 31, 2013  |  By xvmiragevx

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 2.115

Pros

I used several tools like CCleaner and RegSeeker but only this completely stopped Sweets. Just deleting them from files,firefox and register was not enough.
They continually pop back up as soon as you click firefox for a new tab.
I clicked delete on AdwCleaner and it opened a page of deleted garbage. Firefox is working back to normal with no junk tool bars or hijacks.

Cons

It can look scary when you see all the things it deleted. Click scan rather than delete to see what it will delete before a delete.
I did not have a problem with anything it deleted.

Summary

Always run this when you clean your PC and you will be a happy camper.

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5 stars

"Awesome, fast utility to help clean Windows"

March 25, 2013  |  By wrr377

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 2.115

Pros

Fast, effective, relatively easy to use

Cons

Slight learning curve for the interface and what each button actually does

Summary

This is great as part of a comprehensive anti-malware cleaning sweep on an infected machine! Use the Delete button to actually identify and erase whatever it finds... Couple it with Housecall, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Avast, and any other tools, and you'll be able to disinfect most computers of their ills!

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5 stars

"Does exactly what it's supposed to do."

March 23, 2013  |  By Ed_Jones99

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 2.115

Pros

Easy and fast to install.
Easy and fast procedure.
Easy and fast to uninstall.

Cons

None that I could find.

Summary

I used this on my brother's laptop which had a babylon toolbar installed. I tried loads of other methods but using AdwCleaner was the only thing that would remove it permanently.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Xplode
Publisher web site http://general-changelog-team.fr
Release Date March 17, 2013
Date Added March 18, 2013
Version 2.115
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Popup Blocker Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.12MB
File Name adwcleaner_4.203.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,479,259
Downloads Last Week 32,388
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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