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AdwCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 129 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.005
  • Total Downloads:
    2,766,716
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 31, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.13MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,625
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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

"Really Good, Recommended to everyone..."

August 19, 2015

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 5.002

Pros

Very fast, cleans registry, cleans all unwanted files and programs...

Cons

I cannot mention any cons, thanks to writers...

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5 stars

"Best program ever !"

August 11, 2015  |  By Anika Asenova

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.208

Pros

It removes ALL OF THE UNWANTED ADS , fast , easy , free

Cons

I seriously don't see any.

Summary

The best program for ads removal that I have tried so far

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5 stars

"Malwarebytes didn't work but this one did!"

July 12, 2015  |  By WebAnalyst77

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.208

Pros

I got infected with adware and tried using malwarebytes to remove it. Malware kept blocking it but couldn't get rid of the cause. I did a search and found AdwCleaner on Cnet and although skeptical gave it a shot. Removed all adware within minutes

Cons

How can anyone write a con to a tool that's free.

Summary

Keep up the good work!

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5 stars

"Works great, no problems"

June 23, 2015  |  By ronc2

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.207

Pros

Been using this cleaner for several years with no problems, it does the job well.

Cons

The only issue I have with it is I agree with GeekyPCDude, who wrote " 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".
I have to go through this routine every single time I want to use the program, and it gets annoying after awhile.

Summary

Good cleaner, except for the constant update hassle; although it may be a bit aggressive in removing items, all one must do is to
<READ the list of discovered items> and UN-check anything you don't want removed.

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1 stars

"Does NOT work"

June 23, 2015  |  By dennphill

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.207

Pros

Quick and easy to d/l (for what that's worth!)

Cons

Opened up Firefox window and wnet to Ton's Guide and got the same AdChoice pop-upp ads as before!
Thing DOES NOT WORK!

Summary

Above says it all.
G-D AdChoice is owned by Google and it's hard to get rid of. Had it blicked with my last PC (Win7) that i just took out of service, and ny new PC with Win8.1 has these AdChoice popups everywhere. G-D Google and...well enough. This is the turth, though. We will see if it gets posted. Next to go back to pop-up blicking and menaual removal trys. LOUSY support on the internet....just ads for more crap.

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5 stars

"The only thing that helped!"

June 04, 2015  |  By mzz25

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.206

Pros

the only thing that helped to get rid of Games Academy malware

Cons

haven't found any

Summary

I had a terrible malware problem. Something called Games Academy completely hijacked my IE (interestingly, leaving Chrome intact) and I have to use this browser for work. I have been trying to get rid of it for days following instructions from different forums. My Kaspersky antivirus protection was completely useless. Malwarebytes and Junkware Removal Tool that I downloaded in attempt to resolve this problem did not help either. So finally I downloaded AdwCleaner and it managed to clean my computer off this filth. As a result, I am very happy and can now work in peace.

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3 stars

""very good, but...""

May 18, 2015  |  By the_garywayne

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.204

Pros

It does a very good job, but it restored my Firefox home page and default search to google.

Cons

It removed my ixquick.com search home page and returned it to the Firefox homepage. It also changed my search bar search from ixquick.com, and restored it back to the default google. Something is beginning to stink here.

Summary

It does a very good job, but it's beginning to do more than it supposed to. Ixquick.com is a very good and 'private' search engine that logs 'nothing'. Check it out.

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3 stars

"Alll good and all bad"

May 01, 2015  |  By poulstaun

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.202

Pros

I love what ADW can do for me on my win7.. when trouble is around, ADW mend it

Cons

I dont know what happends on my win8.1 ...when using ADW,,,, it gets stuck--saying file do not answer..and i am unable to remove or do anything, I simple had to reset my PC back to original startup settings to get it "normal" again

Summary

So Conclusion..must be HALFGOOD... since i would say ..go on U win 7 people and and to win 8.1 i would say.:..Better not

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5 stars

"I love it, it took care of nomore ads!!!!"

April 27, 2015

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.202

Pros

OMG I finally got rid of nomore ads or adplus or BlockIt Ad remover or SaaleePlus!!!
Stupid malwares I couldn't get rid of them and this program worked! "How to get rid of nomore ads" please use this! It's free, it's quick, and did the perfect job! Where can I donate to this?

Cons

NONE IT'S AMAZING, QUICK, EASY AND FREE!

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5 stars

"Caught ClipConverter virus"

April 26, 2015  |  By Kristin Mickle

 |  Version: AdwCleaner 4.202

Pros

Caught ClipConverter virus that Trend Micro and MalwareBytes (both for $$99) did not.

Cons

It wasn't suggested by the people who sold me on Trend and MWB. (I had to enter at least 10 characters here.)

Summary

Caught ClipConverter virus that Trend Micro and MalwareBytes (both for $$99) did not.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.005
  • COMODO Chromodo browser now handled
  • Bug with DNS detection fixed
  • Bug with older version detection fixed
  • Bug with Brazilian Portuguese translation fixed
  • Bug with Polish translation fixed
  • Bug with Firefox files generic detection fixed
  • Minor display bug in the report fixed
  • Local database v31-08-2015.2
  • Chrome preferences management changed
  • "Reset Chrome policies" option improved
  • Services generic detections updated
  • Shortcuts detection improved
General
Publisher Xplode
Publisher web site http://general-changelog-team.fr
Release Date August 31, 2015
Date Added August 31, 2015
Version 5.005
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Popup Blocker Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.13MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,766,716
Downloads Last Week 13,625
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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