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Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0.6

A small but powerful browser toolbar remover

Rating:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
License:
Freeware
Developer:
Malwarebytes
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Security
Date Updated:
01 July 2020
Downloads To Date:
95223
Languages:
English
Download Size:
3.30 MB

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner is a compact and portable tool which can help you to remove toolbars, adware and similar browser-based pests.

It's easy to get started. Click "Scan" and in a minute or so the program displays everything it's found, organising the report into several tabs: Services, Folders, Files, Shortcuts, Scheduled Tasks, Registry, Firefox, Chrome.

AdwCleaner was quite aggressive on our test PC, highlighting some applications we'd consider safe. It also did a good job of detecting more dubious files, though, and you can always tell the program you'd like to keep something. (Although everything is marked as "Delete" initially, and there's no "Clear all" option, so if you only want to delete one out of 20 items then you'll need to clear all the others manually.)

Choose the Cleaning option, and the program warns you that it'll have to close everything and restart your PC to remove the chosen items. That might be a little inconvenient, but it's the best course of action, and you can always hit Cancel if you change your mind.

AdwCleaner successfully cleaned our test system, and if it's not quite enough for you then the program can optionally reset a range of Windows settings: proxies, winsock, TCP/IP, firewall, IPsec, BITS, IE and Chrome policies.

Verdict:

AdwCleaner did a good job of detecting and removing adware for us, but be careful, it can highlight legitimate programs too. Check its report carefully before you delete anything.

Your Comments & Opinion

An excellent Adware/PUP/PUM remover.
01 September 2013 16:58, Kafshiel
Dear Bob: I just said it will remove Wondershare Video Converter and I had to warn users of that. I don't use Wondershare anymore so went back to AdwCleaner and I agree it's the most effective adware remover (won't work at all if you're system is heavily compromised by some viruses as I found out this week while trying to clean a friend's system)Also now the program has several different areas of your system that you can see so that is more clear what it does (previously there was no info at all). It won't mess your Windows install at all but it will remove all your Adware/PUP/PUM. It's even more accurate than MalwareBytes. So Bob don't feel sorry because I use it too and recommend it without hesitation.
Feel sorry for you, Kafshiel
24 August 2013 10:18, Bob Schedler
I tried numerous software programs in an attempt at removing qvo6: AdwCleaner was the only one which simply and effectively did this, WITHOUT any subsequent problems.
Watch out! This is dangerous software!
11 June 2013 09:21, Kafshiel
The latest 2 versions of this crap marked my Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate to deletion! I mean ALL folders and files! If i had pressed delete my (PAID!!!) software would be gone! I found out there is another adware cleaner named Wondershare so these guys are trying to take down the competition but making a MAJOR blunder in the process! What i deleted was this piece of crap instead! Be very careful!
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