to Bleeping Computer.AdwCleaner
is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode
(a BC Security Colleague) that is designed to search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
, browser hijackers
, browser extensions
, browser helper objects (BHOs)
and other junkware to include related registry entries (values, keys). AdwCleaner will remove all traces of these types of programs which includes related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.
However, wWith most Adware/Junkware/PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel or an alternative third party uninstaller like Revo
. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings
After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
and JRT (Junkware Removal Tool)
to fix any remaining entries they may find. These tools will search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, extensions, add-ons and other junkware as well as related registry entries (values, keys) and remnants. They also remove related files and folders to include those within the AppData folder and elsewhere.