AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 85 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.300
File Size:
1.3MB
Date Added:
July 28, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,177,425
Downloads Last Week:
23,421
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 85 votes

    • 5 star: 52
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "This program works!"

    July 30, 2014   |   By HuggzFaerie

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.300

    Pros

    I had issues from a previously installed program. Hubby suggested that I try this. It is great! It cleaned things out of my puter that I was not even aware that I had in it. It was fast. It was easy to use. It did the job.

    Cons

    So far, i couldn't find any.

    Summary

    I read that someone had an issue that it closed all programs and browsers when it was finished scanning. That is not a "con." Good programs that clean always require a reboot. I also like the idea that it updates to the latest version.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent and consistently updated"

    July 06, 2014   |   By tomysshadow

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.214

    Pros

    Removes virtually anything that is even potentially adware. Allows you to choose exactly what to remove. Excellent for removing RelevantKnowledge, Yontoo, iNTERNET Turbo, Imminent, Conduit, Ask Toolbar and other such junk. Actually works. Can be used alongside another antivirus. Free and effective, and is less cluttered than Malwarebytes and other such software. Requires only a standalone exe.

    Cons

    Closes all your programs and restarts your computer. This is a requirement but some advance warning other than a single popup and the ability to cancel would be nice. Translation could use some work. Does not fit on tiny netbook screens. The tabs I did not notice the first time around. Removes Freecorder even though that it is not a PUP. Leaves a report on your computer with the quarantined files without any notice.

    Summary

    All the cons are only minor gripes. What matters is it gets the job done and it gets it done fast, and does anything it needs to get it done. I had no traces of malware on my PC after this

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  • 5 stars

    "So far so good."

    June 10, 2014   |   By egharris

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.212

    Pros

    Easy interface. Works fast. Seems to work.

    Cons

    It wasn't clear when the scan was completed.

    Summary

    I had search assist, internet survey group, and redirsvc.com all everpresent in my firefox browser. My full Norton service didn't get them, nor did the free download of malware bytes.

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  • 5 stars

    "Wish I'd tried this FIRST!"

    May 27, 2014   |   By m_mascaro

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.211

    Pros

    I had adware and registry problems that were messing up certain programs. I could not access the HTML editor on my website - my website wouldn't even APPEAR when I went to the site. I was sure it was the POPUPS from s.mp2 and other adware that were interfering but NOTHING would remove them. I tried FOUR other adware/malware/popup programs with varying degrees of non-success and aggravation. It was very frustrating. Because of the reviews I decided to try this. I am SO glad I did. THIS THING WIPED THE GARBAGE OUT and it even enabled a browser and two other programs that were not working! THIS IS THE BEST!

    Cons

    ABSOLUTELY NONE!

    Summary

    I can't say enough good things about this program. I will go to it FIRST if I have any further issues.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing, does what it should."

    May 16, 2014   |   By GJHuman

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.207

    Pros

    Removed spam apps that I received from downloading freeware from Cnet.

    Cons

    Nothing...

    Summary

    Awesome!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "Does what it says"

    May 15, 2014   |   By Guy_T

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.208

    Pros

    Excellent (and free) software

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    It got rid of trovigo, a nasty Browser Hijacker that had infested Yahoo and Chrome on my computer. Two clicks of the mouse and the job was done: Trovigo and certainly other malwares disappeared quickly and never came back.
    Using adwcleaner is really simple but should you need any help you may visit:
    http://www.fixyourbrowser.com/removal-instructions/remove-trovigo-com-using-adwcleaner-free-easy-removal-guide/

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  • 5 stars

    "White knights protecting us from the scum of the earth"

    May 13, 2014   |   By spearo11

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.208

    Pros

    Works quickly and easily

    Cons

    have not encountered any so far

    Summary

    Someone has to balance the filthy corpse flys that write these garbage softwears and viruses

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent. My boot up time has decreased by 75%."

    April 28, 2014   |   By gaia1muse

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.204

    Pros

    A clear list of what you can get rid of making it easy to look most of them up (Would recommend that you look up whatever you're deleting to make sure it won't create an issue.) Really speeded up my boot up time. Wasn't expecting that. Easy to run.

    Cons

    You get a report of what hasn't been deleted -- but not a report of what HAS been deleted. That would help.
    It is aggressive -- AVG immediately requested an update of its own free program because adwcleaner deleted certain AVG Free elements that AVG offers to increase safety. They also recommended deleting Adaware elements -- a competing program. Last -- it offers up several unidentified registry numbers for deletion. Not sure I'd ever recommend deleting a registry entry unless you have an exact description of what it is.

    Summary

    Very good program that with a couple of changes could be excellent.

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  • 5 stars

    "fast and does the job well even in the worst cases"

    April 21, 2014   |   By ikhom

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.023

    Pros

    -You don't need to install it, just run it.
    -Runs fast and remove malware, viruses .... in no time.
    -cleans browsers home pages, search engines and plugins.
    -removed all folders not just a single program.

    Cons

    I'm getting French version during startup, but it changes to English shortly after.

    Summary

    It is my number one choice to remove malware and viruses from any PC. Very fast compare with other programs. Can help in bad cases when you can't even use Internet and install antivirus software.

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  • 5 stars

    "Wow, how do they keep up?"

    March 19, 2014   |   By tomysshadow

    Version: AdwCleaner 3.018

    Pros

    Consistently updated with the latest fixes to malware, adware, bloatware and PUPs, this is an easy program to download, scan, clean, uninstall. The option to choose what to remove is nice, and is even able to uninstall extensions from Internet Explorer. I had this recommended to me and it has worked for everything so far.

    Cons

    A few minor gripes. The English translation could use some work. Also, the uninstall button can easily be clicked by accident because there is no "are you sure" warning. Overall it does what it says on the tin, and leaves no trace of any even potential adware on the system. Finally, it will (quite unexpectedly) shut down programs you are currently using to do its job, which I realize is necessary, and there is a warning for it, but I wish I knew of it ahead of time.

    Summary

    I always read the installer, but there comes a time when programs are installed without your consent and adwcleaner solves that. I have used it to remove Conduit, Delta Search, Price Offers and weDownload, among others, with no problem. It almost removed Freecorder which I wanted to keep instead, but I was able to uncheck that from the list. I'm happy with it and am going to keep it.

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