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AdwCleaner

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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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good software, impossible web site"

    October 18, 2013  |   By ronc2

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.007

    Pros

    AdwCleaner works fast, cleans well; I gave only three stars because of the ridiculous upgrade message that leads to a website that is impossible to make any sense of.

    Cons

    When prompted to update you are taken to the web site which is French and impossible to find any download or anything that makes any sense at all. It is also impossible to contact anyone for help owing to the ridiculous "captcha" method. My best explanation is contained in the email that I tried, with no success, to send to the developer/distributor:

    I have been using AdwCleaner and like it, but just today when I wanted to use it again I received a message saying I must update it because I had an old version. When I clicked the "update" link in the message my existing copy of AdwCleaner instantly disappeared, but when I got to the download page there was nothing to download. Most of the page was in French and switching to the English option was no help.
    This happened several months ago also, and I was hoping that the issue had been fixed so that I download and use the update, but that is apparently not the case.
    I like AdwCleaner, but updating it is impossible.

    Summary

    A nice software but I can't recommend it until the so-called "update" website is rendered in English and clear, understandable navigation is provided. The software works well and seems a good tool, but avoid at all costs any suggestion to upgrade because "your version is out of date", because you will lose the software and find that there is no way to download the upgrade from the French site.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Adwcleaner: Great, trusted tool!"

    October 14, 2013  |   By tomysshadow

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.007

    Pros

    This thing removed programs I didn't even know I had! They came with CocoonSoft's Quick Media Converter. It was mostly by Brothersoft or Conduit. It also helped me completely obliterate Babylon Toolbar - goodbye!

    Cons

    It uninstalled Freecorder - which I know for a matter of fact isn't malware. Even though it is a toolbar, it actually WORKS, so it's unfortunate that it is removed. However, it is a free program, so an easy install to fix.

    Summary

    Uninstall via the Control Panel before using this program and you're all packed.

    Updated on Oct 14, 2013

    PLEASE! I know this program does NOT contain any malware! The only malware you are getting is from CNET's installer! Just click "Direct Download Link" under the green button. Seriously. You shouldn't need to use CNET's installer, ever.

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