AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 119 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.201
  • Total Downloads:
    2,416,216
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 08, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    31,335
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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AdwCleaner frees your computer of unwanted programs and malware, including adware, toolbars, and more. Regardless of how these programs ended up on your computer, this app can remove them quickly and smoothly.

Pros

Nice interface: AdwCleaner presents all features clearly through its intuitive interface. The Progress Bar across the top of the screen shows how the chosen activity is progressing, and below that, you'll find buttons for actual tasks, including Scan, Clean, Report, and Uninstall. You'll find scan results in the bottom section of the window, organized into categories like Services, Folders, Files, Shortcuts, Scheduled Tasks, Registry, and more, to facilitate searches.

Works quickly: No matter which function you're using, you won't be stuck waiting around for it to finish. Everything from Scans to Cleanings are accomplished quickly and smoothly, making this program a good option to incorporate into your daily or weekly maintenance routine.

Cons

Aggressive default removal: This program is pretty aggressive in terms of what it removes. That's often a good thing, but it can also mean that some items you wanted or needed are purged as well from time to time. In order to avoid this, you can go through individual items and deselect anything you want to keep before running the cleaning feature. But that can get a little tedious and also significantly increases the amount of time it takes to complete the process.

Bottom Line

AdwCleaner offers a lot of nice features in an accessible, convenient, and free package. It's a good option for users of all experience levels, although the fact that it aggressively removes programs may prove a challenge for real novice users.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"It did the job"

April 15, 2015  |  By Joey Huddleston

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.201

Pros

Easy, Free, Fast, Effective, Targeted

Cons

I can't think of any

Summary

It got rid of Ads by SalesPlus with no effort and no exploration of program files. It was a quick fix of a stupid adware bug.

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1 stars

"Did the job, but deleted unspecified files."

April 07, 2015  |  By munchiesnOOb

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.200

Pros

Deleted the virus quickly and easily.

Cons

When shown the three files it was going to quarantine and delete, none of these files were familiar. However, upon reboot, I found that it had deleted my desktop folder, titled "Play." This folder contained all of my gaming files. All of 'em. World of Tanks, Warthunder, Steam, Need for Speed Carbon. Not only that, but it had stuff like Skype in it. It deleted this. As of typing this, I am going through the quarantined files to TRY to get back what was deleted.

Summary

If you value any of the files on your PC, get a different cleaner. Please, for the love of Bill Gates, get a different cleaner!

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5 stars

"Did for me what Malwarebytes didn't"

April 06, 2015  |  By GeekyPCDude

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.200

Pros

I'd had problems with getting rid of a Genius Box start up attempt that was plaguing my Windows 8 PC. Genius box hid from the uninstall feature and did not show up in the start up list under msconfig or the task manager. I ran Malwarebytes which also did not resolve the issue. After running AdwCleaner it instantly found the problem software and removed it. A++

Cons

I have no issues with this software although I wish they would stop constantly updating the program and just provide database updates that would download to the program when started. The way it is, you'll start the application and it will say you are running an outdated version and you have to go get the newest release.

Summary

Very good software to run in conjunction with Malwarebytes. The two applications together get most any job done.

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5 stars

"So relieved"

April 04, 2015  |  By itsmeYT

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.200

Pros

quick
easy to use
completely removed all adware

Cons

None at the moment

Summary

I accidentally installed some incredibly aggressive and annoying adware called SalePlus (I think it came bundled with EA Origin because that's the last thing I installed). It was covering every page I visited in ads and popups. Incredibly annoying.

I did a scan with Malwarebytes (another awesome bit of software that I highly recommend), but while it got most of SalePlus off of my PC, there were still remnants that I couldn't delete. Finally installed AdwCleaner and in 2 minutes the problem was solved.

This might sound like too good of a review, but I'm so relieved right now that I can't say a bad thing about it. THANKS!!!

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5 stars

"Finally an effective adware remover"

April 03, 2015  |  By Sol Obscurus

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.200

Pros

1. Does exactly what it claims to do
2. Removes stubborn files that other programs miss
3. Fast, takes a fraction of the time other programs take to scan
4. Completely free to use

Cons

Not applicable.

Summary

I've tried about a dozen different programs that claim to remove adware, hoping each time that I'd finally hit the one that actually lives up to its claims and does the job effectively and completely. Each time I was disappointed when I was still plagued with adware and pop-ups even after a lengthy scanning and cleaning process, so I'd move on to the next cleaner and try again. Even worse, there were a few that managed to delete files that I didn't want deleted while completely overlooking the stuff I did want removed. Finally my search for an effective cleaner is over, this program actually killed ALL traces of adware from all my browsers, didn't mess with anything but what I wanted gone, and did it in less than a fraction of the time most of the other programs took. It did the job right the first time I used it, and did it for free! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to finally be completely rid of annoying adware.

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5 stars

"extremely efficient and easy to use"

March 30, 2015  |  By Luke Pratt

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.200

Pros

1. Great Interface; even a noob could use it
2. Quick; takes about 3 minutes to search, another 3 to remove adware
3. Free; absolutely no ads

Cons

The only one I can think of is that it requires a reboot, but then again, that's really not a con

Summary

this program has saved my life multiple times. most of my internet activity is spent on sketchy sites watching movies/downloading torrents. i run this at the end of every day. Just recently i skipped using it for about two weeks. my internet was so slow i couldnt even hardly use it. i ran this and now my internet speed is back to cable, not dial up.

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5 stars

"Approved!!"

March 27, 2015  |  By Adam Sobers

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.113

Pros

Doesn't take long at all to scan press the button and it scans very quickly.
As with the Scan function cleaning takes no time at all.
The program take up only 12.5MB of my computers 284GB which is handy.

Cons

I don't think I can think of a con really this product is great!

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5 stars

"Best free utility"

March 11, 2015  |  By FlukeSeton

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.112

Pros

Very easy to use and very thorough.

Cons

I can honestly say none.

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5 stars

"THIS IS THE ANSWER."

March 07, 2015

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.111

Pros

DID WHAT MALWABYTES AND SPYHUNTER 4 (BOTH FULL VERSION, COULD NOT DO!!!!) It was so easy, both malw and spy had to SCAN for almost up to an hour the first time then when it found them AND "tried" to remove them, it didn't actually remove the "uni" ads >_>. It finished scanning and fixed it for free in under 5 mins, wow. And after i restarted the uniads were gone, i'm amazed. Thank you!

Cons

None, try it and love it!

Summary

I even found the uni files in my Program dats and tried to delete them.... but they just reinstalled themselves back on here when i rechecked, somehow... I still don't know how, now the actual files are gone!

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1 stars

"Did not remove Unideals"

February 17, 2015  |  By beef9916

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.110

Pros

Removed other adware I was unaware of

Cons

Did not remove Unideals, which was the reason I downloaded it

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.201
  • Adware (ads softwares)
  • PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program)
  • Toolbars
  • Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage)
General
Publisher Xplode
Publisher web site http://general-changelog-team.fr
Release Date April 08, 2015
Date Added April 08, 2015
Version 4.201
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Popup Blocker Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.12MB
File Name adwcleaner_4.201.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,416,216
Downloads Last Week 31,335
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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