How to: Remove ads with AdwCleaner

adwcleanerAdwCleaner developed by Xplode is a very easy program to remove unwanted toolbars, adware, popups in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. It is very easy to use and needs no installation. Just start AdwCleaner and start scanning for malicious software. AdwCleaner is also able to remove PUP, Potentially Unwanted Programs.

Nowadays, a lot free software is bundled with advertising software such as, toolbars, adware, popups or browser hijackers. If you do not look at what you install at your computer, you might end up with adware on your computer. It is this adware that AdwCleaner is capable to remove for free. AdwCleaner works for all versions of Windows for 32-bit or 64-bit operation systems.

Remove Ads with AdwCleaner

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove adware with AdwCleaner - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove adware with AdwCleaner

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove adware with AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove adware with AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

Example logfile of AdwCleaner

# AdwCleaner v3.016
# Updated 15/09/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 8 Pro (64 bits)
# Username :
# Running from : C:\Users\\Desktop\adwcleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****
***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PriceGong
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\PriceGong
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\sweetpacks bundle uninstaller
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\LocalLow\PriceGong
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\Extensions\{8A9386B4-E958-4C4C-ADF4-8F26DB3E4829}
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bkomkajifikmkfnjgphkjcfeepbnojok
File Deleted : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\user.js

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****
***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\bkomkajifikmkfnjgphkjcfeepbnojok
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\PriceGongIE.DLL
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceFactorIE.PriceGongBHO
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceFactorIE.PriceGongBHO.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceGongIE.PriceGongCtrl
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceGongIE.PriceGongCtrl.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{835315FC-1BF6-4CA9-80CD-F6C158D40692}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{D2A2595C-4FE4-4315-AA9B-19DBD6271B71}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{8B3372D0-09F0-41A5-8D9B-134E148672FB}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Lyrics_Monkey
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\PriceGong
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PriceGong

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v10.0.9200.16384
-\\ Mozilla Firefox v23.0.1 (en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\prefs.js ]
[ File : C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\z5mcwxfd.default-1379072010919\prefs.js ]
-\\ Google Chrome v29.0.1547.66

[ File : C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

Deleted : icon_url
Deleted : search_url
Deleted : suggest_url
Deleted : keyword


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