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#1 Moe_P

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:38 AM

Just wondering, before I do something I shouldn't, is it ok to run AdwCleaner as part of system mainitenence or is it something that should only be run when told to, and if it is ok to run are there any certain settings that should be applied.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

AdwCleaner updates by uninstalling and reinstalling. You can use it as often as you like.

Adware makes itself obvious by a sudden increase in ads, search misdirects or excessive ads in searches, etc.

I think you can forgo using it on a regular basis and just use it maybe after installing new programs, addons or updating

programs known to install adware during updates.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:55 PM

Thank you for the reply, my main reason for asking is because I have read in other posts that it also scans the registry and everyone says that reg cleaners should not be used.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:07 PM

Do you know of any Windows security programs that scan for adware/ malware that doesn't scan the Windows Registry? 

 

Registry cleaners are not security programs. They supposedly remove orphaned, unused, unneeded registry entries. The

problem with them is their ability to do that successfully without removing needed entries. There is also the well reasoned 

idea that it is unnecessary to find and remove those entries. They cause no harm and don't improve the computer's use.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 04:47 PM

AdwCleaner will search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, extensions, add-ons, browser helper objects (BHOs) and other junkware to include related registry entries (values, keys). It will also clean FF and Chrome extensions and Add-ons. When first run AdwCleaner includes options under the tabs to show what was found and to allow disabling detections you want to keep since not all detections are necessarily bad. The only things you can't uncheck is Chrome and Firefox preferences lines but you still can view them in the "Chrome" and "Firefox" tab. In some cases AdwCleaner may detect items related to legitimate programs...if in doubt about a particular detection, a Google search should be performed to gather additional information before removal.

Note: With most Adware/Junkware/PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes the adware more effectively, but it also restores any changed configuration. After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like AdwCleaner and JRT to fix any remaining entries they may find.
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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:35 PM

Thank you both, that is exactly the information I was looking for.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

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