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AdwCleaner 4.207

A small but powerful browser toolbar remover

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 22 June 2015
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Developer: Xplode
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AdwCleaner 4.207
A small but powerful browser toolbar remover

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

The program's interface is, well, a little basic. Click "Search" and in a moment or two an in-depth report appears in Notepad, describing any issues you might have. Click "Delete" and AdwCleaner will try to delete everything, displaying another Notepad report on the details. And that's about it.

While this is undoubtedly very simple, our immediate concern is that there's no general way to tell AdwCleaner what you want to keep, and what should go. The only control comes in the Options dialog, where you can instruct AdwCleaner to ignore the Ask toolbar, or not to examine one or more browsers (the program supports IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera).

Does it work, though? To find out, we installed a few free programs, allowing them to install whatever they liked. And when we ran AdwCleaner, it correctly detected and displayed everything we'd just acquired: the RelevantKnowledge service, Babylon Toolbar, Complitly, Smart Suggestor and more.

We clicked "Delete", and after confirming that yes, we really were sure, AdwCleaner went to work, closing all our programs, removing the various files and Registry keys, and rebooting our PC. You don't get much choice in any of this - there's no "reboot later" option - and, again, we didn't really feel in control. But when our system restarted, the unwanted extras had all disappeared, and that's clearly good news.

AdwCleaner is short on options, then. It's difficult to see or control exactly what it's going to do. And there's no real documentation, which all goes to make us feel just a little on the nervous side.

But, at the same time, the program does appear to do a reasonable job of detecting and removing common browser annoyances. And so, while it wouldn't be our first choice of toolbar remover, it might be worth keeping a copy of AdwCleaner in reserve, just in case you encounter something that your regular tools can't handle.

Verdict:

It's worrying that AdwCleaner provides so little control over what it does. The program seems to work well, though, and if your regular antispyware tool can't remove something then we'd give it a try

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An excellent Adware/PUP/PUM remover.

Posted by: Kafshiel, 01 September 2013 16:58

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

Posted by: Bob Schedler, 24 August 2013 10:18

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!

Posted by: Kafshiel, 11 June 2013 09:21

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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