Nothing is as annoying as constant pop-ups and unwanted ads while surfing the Internet. Often computer users try to stop these popups with software as AdBlocker Plus. This might solve the visual problem, as it will block the popup from popping up, but the underlying problem persist, the adware that is installed on your computer.
When you suddenly see ads and popups popping up on websites where you have never seen this before, it is advised to scan your computer with free software called AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner searches for adware related files, folder, services and registry items and is free and easy to use. Follow our directions to scan your computer for any malicious software.
AdwCleaner developed by Xplode is a very easy program to remove unwanted toolbars in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera for example; browser hijackers , and other potentially unwanted software (PUP). AdwCleaner does not need to be installed. After downloading AdwCleaner you can use the program immediately to check for malicious and unwanted extensions, plug- ins and hijacked homepages in your browser and your computer.
Nowadays many free downloadable software is bundled with all sorts of additional software such as toolbars and other software that you do not want on your computer. The main cause of such unwanted software ( PUPs ) are the download sites that install files as “wrapper” services and, hence, whether or not optional kinds of adware (advertising software) or additional software on your computer.
When you first start AdwCleaner, click the Scan button of AdwCleaner and the program starts searching for unwanted toolbars and all other potentially unwanted software ( PUPs ). When the scan has finished you see in the main program window the scan results. When you click the Report button you see a log presenting the status of your computer and the possible presence of residues or toolbars and adware in your browsers , existing folders and files and unwanted keys in the Windows registry .
- The SCAN can only perform a scan and nothing is removed from your computer.
- Clean all found items are immediately removed by AdwCleaner .
- Report Shows the log of the scan or clean report AdwCleaner.
- Uninstall Removes AdwCleaner your computer.
However be aware that AdwCleaner also removes unnecessary toolbars , for example, free software like ZoneAlarm , PDF Creator , Ask Search and more. AdwCleaner is a very useful and also widely used program for removing unwanted – malicious software.
Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator
If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.
Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.
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.
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
– 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)