Remove Fake AdwCleaner pop-up scam (Virus Removal Guide)

Windows users are warned of a rogue version of the adware removal tool AdwCleaner distributed through adware. The crooks behind the scam already would have earned thousands of dollars according Bleeping Computer.

AdwCleaner is a free tool to remove adware. At this moment there is a scam site where Internet users see pop-ups that state that their computer is infected with adware.

Once users click on the warning, they are directed to a website that offers a rogue version of AdwCleaner. Once this rogue is installed a scan is performed which states that the computer is full of adware, to remove the unwanted software, users must pay $ 59,99.

By a misconfigured web server BleepingComputer could  see how many people clicked on the pop-up, let the scan run and eventually bought the software. The webserver shows that the criminals with all their scam would have earned thousands of dollars from this AdwCleaner scam. Users are advised to download AdwCleaner only through the official website!

Fake AdwCleaner pop-up – Removal Instruction

Important: Adware Warning Notification!

These popups are NOT caused by the websites you are visiting! They are caused by a piece of adware that is installed on your pc.
Click here to download AdwCleaner!

This is an easy, free 30 second process. Your System will be scanned immideatly, and a solution for these pops will be provided. Clean your PC Now!

What does this MESSAGE mean?
When you see this MESSAGE, it means that your pc has adware installed, its what pops these advertisements.
We advise you NOT to use your PC for anything that may transmit sensitive DATA, eg Logging in, using your CREDITCARD, do online banking or shopping.

Data that might be at risk: facebook login details, online bank accounts, passwords, CREDITCARD DATA, skype login, your pictures and videos, your browsing history.

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After the scan they ask you to pay for it’s full license through PayPal for 59,99 dollar. Do not pay and download the free version in our removal instruction.

AdwCleaner – Your one stop solution for Adware

Upgrade to the full version now!

This is the trial version of AdwCleaner, it can only scan threats but cannnot remove them. To remove the found malware and clean your system, please buy the full version.

On Sale Now! Only $59,99 (Normal price: $89.99. Sale ending 2/14/2015. After purchase your serial number will be E-mailed to you, click here to enter it.

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This Fake AdwCleaner virus is already detected by some Antivirus vendors: 

AvastWin32:FakeAV-FLW [Trj]20150213
EmsisoftRogue.Win32.FakeAdw (A)20150213

Removal Instruction – Quick Menu

arrow_rightStep 1 – Remove Fake AdwCleaner pop-up with the REAL AdwCleaner

arrow_rightStep 2 – Remove Fake AdwCleaner malicious files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

arrow_rightStep 3 – Optional: Reset browser settings

warningIf you experience the Fake AdwCleaner pop-up on Mac OSX from Apple, follow this generic guide to remove adware from Apple Mac OSX
(for the Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers)

adwcleanerRemove Fake AdwCleaner pop-up with the REAL AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

warningNotice: if you have problems downloading AdwCleaner, because of popups that keep opening when clicking a link.
Goto this url:

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

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

Remove Fake AdwCleaner

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

Remove Fake 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 Fake 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)

malwarebytesRemove malicious files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free’s industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a scan. It’s that simple. Or if you want even better protection, consider Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and its instant real-time scanner that automatically prevents malware and websites from infecting your PC. Either way you’re crushing malware and foiling hackers

*According to OPSWAT, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the most popular security product installed by users.

Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware using the installation wizard.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware needs no configs or specific settings, just install and you are ready to scan your computer for malware and free removal.


  • Perform a Threat Scan


Reset Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to factory settings

internet-explorer-logo Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

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  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

google-chrome-logo Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

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  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

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mozilla-firefox-logo Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the three stripes in the top right corner
  • Select the Question Mark

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  • Select Troubleshooting Information in the menu.

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  • Click the Reset Firefox button and confirm Reset Firefox again the pop-up.

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