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Help with Adw. Cleaner before and after running


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#1 julio99

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:18 AM

  I was advised by a friend from another forum to run Adw. Cleaner as I was having some issues with boot times. I was reading the posts under the Adw Cleaner usage instructions and happen to notice the lines about /disable Chrome detection; disable ff detection............. Are these something I need to do before running this program is this program going to disable something in these browsers? After running the program do you reccomend posting back or just going ahead with cleaning on my own? I would just prefer being safe before running this. I also have ESET AV v6.0 and Windows Defender running on my laptop right now if that matters at all.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:29 AM

Adw. Cleaner removes preferences for Chrome and Firefox, such as your homepage. At least this is what happens to me when I use it. Before running the program, if you're looking for help, you should wait for someone to reply to assist you.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

Adw. Cleaner removes preferences for Chrome and Firefox, such as your homepage. At least this is what happens to me when I use it. Before running the program, if you're looking for help, you should wait for someone to reply to assist you.

 

Adw. Cleaner removes preferences for Chrome and Firefox, such as your homepage. At least this is what happens to me when I use it. Before running the program, if you're looking for help, you should wait for someone to reply to assist you.

That is why I asked. I just thought those (disable ff and chrome detections) were a little beyond what I understood. Is it something I'm supposed to disable or what? You said it disabled your preferences for chrome. Was it like all your extensions were gone or all your settings back to default? By the way, did it find any adware?



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

It just removes a few of it's settings. You can reinstall chrome to get those settings back which is what I did when I received help. Also, I'm not one of the helpers for BC so I don't know whether it removed adware for you or not. Just wait for someone to help you.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

It just removes a few of it's settings. You can reinstall chrome to get those settings back which is what I did when I received help. Also, I'm not one of the helpers for BC so I don't know whether it removed adware for you or not. Just wait for someone to help you.

 

It just removes a few of it's settings. You can reinstall chrome to get those settings back which is what I did when I received help. Also, I'm not one of the helpers for BC so I don't know whether it removed adware for you or not. Just wait for someone to help you.

 

It just removes a few of it's settings. You can reinstall chrome to get those settings back which is what I did when I received help. Also, I'm not one of the helpers for BC so I don't know whether it removed adware for you or not. Just wait for someone to help you.

That is what I'm doing.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:04 AM

AdwCleaner also contains some advanced options that disable certain detections. To access these options, you can click on the question mark (?) in the upper left corner of the program and then click on Options. You will then be presented with a dialog where you can disable various detections. These options are described below:

/DisableAskDetection This option disables Ask Toolbar detection.
/DisableIEDetection This option disables Internet Explorer specific detections.
/DisableFFDetection - This option disables Firefox specific detections.
/DisableChromeDetection This option disables detections for Chrome & Chromium based browsers.
/DisableOperaDetection This option disables Opera specific detections.
/DisableProxyDetection This option disables Internet Proxy detections.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

 

AdwCleaner also contains some advanced options that disable certain detections. To access these options, you can click on the question mark (?) in the upper left corner of the program and then click on Options. You will then be presented with a dialog where you can disable various detections. These options are described below:

/DisableAskDetection This option disables Ask Toolbar detection.
/DisableIEDetection This option disables Internet Explorer specific detections.
/DisableFFDetection - This option disables Firefox specific detections.
/DisableChromeDetection This option disables detections for Chrome & Chromium based browsers.
/DisableOperaDetection This option disables Opera specific detections.
/DisableProxyDetection This option disables Internet Proxy detections.

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Why would you want to check any of the boxes. Would you not want to run it to cover all the browsers, or are these boxes specific if you just want to run this tool on a certain browser. If I click the /disable Chrome Detection does that mean it won't scan the Chrome browser. I don't get why you would want to check any of the boxes if you wanted it to cover your whole machine.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:07 AM

Not all toolbars, add-ons and extenstions are bad. In fact, many Anti-virus and security vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. When a vendor includes an add-on such as a toolbar, they do so as a way to "pay per install". This typically is the reason for the pre-checked option. If pre-checked by default, that means you need to uncheck that option during installation if you don't want it.

 

Since some folks like toolbars, the creator of AdwCleaner incorporated options for his tool not to automatically remove those they may want to keep while running his tool.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:41 AM

Not all toolbars, add-ons and extenstions are bad. In fact, many Anti-virus and security vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. When a vendor includes an add-on such as a toolbar, they do so as a way to "pay per install". This typically is the reason for the pre-checked option. If pre-checked by default, that means you need to uncheck that option during installation if you don't want it.

 

Since some folks like toolbars, the creator of AdwCleaner incorporated options for his tool not to automatically remove those they may want to keep while running his tool.

I don't have any toolbars in my browsers Pale Moon and Chrome other than the bookmarks bar. So I guess I should check the Firefox and Chrome boxes so it disables that toolbar detection. I just want the app to find adware or spyware without damaging my settings if that is possible. 






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