AdwCleaner only quarantines files/folders, not products which refers only to CLSID registry keys. After confirming a file is legitimate, it can be safely restored from quarantine and added to the exclusion or ignore list.
The AdwCleaner folder contains sub-folders for Backup and Quarantine. Each of these folders contain sub-folders of the exact location (full path) an entry (file/folder) was removed from so they can be safely restored.
If a particular program you recognize and want to keep is detected as a PUP by a security scanner, it usually can be restored from quarantine and added to the exclusion or ignore list.
To restore a file in AdwCleaner, run it again.
- Click Tools > Quarantine manager.
- A log file of what was removed will open in a new window.
- Scroll through the list and find the entry you want to restore.
- Place a check mark in the box next to the entry(s).
- Click the Restore button.
If you removed (uninstalled) AdwCleaner, all sub-folders including those for Backup and Quarantine will have been deleted and there will be no way to retrieve anything that had been placed in those folders even if you reinstall the AdwCleaner. You can attempt recovery by using a third-party data recovery tool
but there is no guarantee doing that will be successful.