AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for :

  • Adware (ads software)
  • PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program)
  • Toolbars
  • Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage)
  • Spyware

It comes with both "Scan" and "Clean" mode. It can be easily uninstalled using the "Uninstall" button.

Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 in 32 & 64 bits.

The EULA is available here.

What is an Adware?

Adware is software that displays or downloads advertising content to a computer or mobile device. It can come in the form of pop-up ads, banners, or in-text ads. Adware is typically bundled with other software, and users may unknowingly install it when they download and install other programs. Some adware can be harmless, but some can be more malicious and collect personal information or track browsing activity without the user's knowledge or consent.

What is a PUP?

A PUP, or potentially unwanted program, is software that may be unwanted or harmful to a computer or mobile device. PUPs can include things like adware, spyware, or other types of malware that can collect personal information, track browsing activity, or cause unwanted pop-up ads or other forms of advertising to be displayed. PUPs are often bundled with other software and can be installed without the user's knowledge or consent. Some examples of PUPs include toolbars, browser extensions, and optimization software that may not be necessary for the computer or mobile device to function properly.

What is a Spyware?

Spyware is a type of software that is designed to collect information about a computer or mobile device and its user, without their knowledge or consent. Spyware can track keystrokes, collect personal information such as login credentials, credit card numbers, and browsing history, and even take screenshots of the device's screen. Some spyware may also change settings on the device, redirect the browser to unwanted websites, or cause pop-up ads to be displayed. Some spyware is designed to steal financial information or login credentials and are used for fraudulent activities. Spyware can be installed in a variety of ways, including through email attachments, infected websites, or bundled with other software.

How do I get rid of Adware or unwanted programs?

There are a few ways to remove adware from a computer:

  1. Use an anti-malware or anti-virus program like AdwCleaner: Many security software programs can detect and remove adware, so it is important to keep your anti-malware software up to date and run regular scans to check for any unwanted programs.

  2. Remove unwanted programs from your computer: Go to the Control Panel on your computer and look for any programs that may be related to the adware. Uninstall them.

  3. Remove unwanted browser extensions: Many adware programs are delivered through browser extensions, so go to your browser's settings and remove any extensions that you don't recognize or that you suspect may be related to the adware.

  4. Reset your browser settings: If the adware is still present after removing unwanted programs and browser extensions, you may need to reset your browser settings to their defaults.

Please note that the steps may vary depending on the device and the operating system you are using, and it is always recommended to backup all your important files before starting any troubleshooting steps.

Downloads 341,372,481
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Publisher Malwarebytes
By fr33tux
Created on 03 March 2012
Last update 04 March 2024
Category Anti adware
Operating system Android

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