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Title: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: shhnedo on April 12, 2015, 01:50 PM
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Official Website: ToolsLib (https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/)
Official Download: Here (https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/files/)
Official Changelog: Here (https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/history/)
Author: Xplode
License: Free

Description: AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for:
- Adware (ads softwares)
- PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program)
- Toolbars
- Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage)

It works with a Search and Delete mode. It can be easily uninstalled using the mode "Uninstall".

Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 in 32 & 64 bits. (Latest XP compatible version: 6.047 (https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/files/851/))

Screenshot:
(http://store.picbg.net/pubpic/7A/AD/308683712ae87aad.png)

How to use:
Title: Re: AdwCleaner - Adware Cleaning Tool
Post by: CPP_GEEK on April 13, 2015, 07:18 AM
Good cleaning tool like CCleaner
Title: Re: AdwCleaner - Adware Cleaning Tool
Post by: shhnedo on April 13, 2015, 04:24 PM
Except CCleaner doesn't focus on adware. :)
Title: Re: AdwCleaner - Adware Cleaning Tool
Post by: NobodysPerfect on April 16, 2015, 01:01 AM
Is there a version for Android? My kids downloaded minecraft mods installer that also installed a malitious add ware installer combo
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: shhnedo on July 23, 2015, 12:33 PM
No, but there's google search (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keerby.adaware&hl=en). :)
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on July 23, 2015, 07:20 PM
@shhnedo - In your tests with AdwCleaner, would you say it's as good or better than similar programs such as Spybot and Malwarebytes Antimalware? For example, did you notice it picked up some malware the other programs missed?

As for Ccleaner not focusing on adware - well... just right now I installed the latest version and it tried to install Google Chrome and some other nasty toolbars behind my back. Companies and developers who do this sort of thing should be put to the rack, burned at the stake, and beheaded - all three!
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: shhnedo on October 30, 2015, 02:52 PM
Sorry for being absent for so long. Real life can be quite the handful at times.
About AdwCleaner, it's not something that fights malicious code, it's mostly intended for cleaning unneeded/unwanted ad software(as the name suggests). It does a great job if I may say so. It searches very thoroughly and cleans up very well. I can't compare it to anti-malware software since that puts it out of its category.
Before AdwCleaner I used Junware Removal Tool (http://thisisudax.org/), also a good piece of anti-adware software, but there was one time when I made the mistake of letting a girl use my laptop and I ended up with quite a few ad programs running on it, and when I ran JRT it didn't remove all of them, there were still leftovers and one StartUp folder just sitting there. It was then I decided to give AdwCleaner a go and it worked wonders. It managed to impress me on multiple occasions so I ditched JRT and now I just keep an updated version of AC on a flash stick in case I need to unf*ck someones browser/registry/startup folder.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on October 31, 2015, 12:46 PM
Sorry for being absent for so long. Real life can be quite the handful at times.
About AdwCleaner, it's not something that fights malicious code, it's mostly intended for cleaning unneeded/unwanted ad software(as the name suggests). It does a great job if I may say so. It searches very thoroughly and cleans up very well. I can't compare it to anti-malware software since that puts it out of its category.
Before AdwCleaner I used Junware Removal Tool (http://thisisudax.org/), also a good piece of anti-adware software, but there was one time when I made the mistake of letting a girl use my laptop and I ended up with quite a few ad programs running on it, and when I ran JRT it didn't remove all of them, there were still leftovers and one StartUp folder just sitting there. It was then I decided to give AdwCleaner a go and it worked wonders. It managed to impress me on multiple occasions so I ditched JRT and now I just keep an updated version of AC on a flash stick in case I need to unf*ck someones browser/registry/startup folder.
You could give Roguekiller a try though, because it includes features of AC & JRT, but know that JRT is tool specifically targeted to remove Adwares whilst AC works a step further.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 01, 2015, 05:24 PM
When it comes to cleaners I've yet to see anything better than Ccleaner with winapp2.ini installed. Do any of you guys believe there's something better? I'm always on the lookout for better stuff.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on November 02, 2015, 07:38 AM
When it comes to cleaners I've yet to see anything better than Ccleaner with winapp2.ini installed. Do any of you guys believe there's something better? I'm always on the lookout for better stuff.
You missed one, BB with winapp2.ini is a head-head competitor to CCleaner.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 03, 2015, 10:22 PM
You missed one, BB with winapp2.ini is a head-head competitor to CCleaner.

I disagree. I've had nothing but problems with Bleachbit, including countless error messages. What Bleacbit does clean out that Ccleaner doesn't is C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. That can be added to Ccleaner manually.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on November 05, 2015, 07:28 AM
You missed one, BB with winapp2.ini is a head-head competitor to CCleaner.

I disagree. I've had nothing but problems with Bleachbit, including countless error messages. What Bleacbit does clean out that Ccleaner doesn't is C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. That can be added to Ccleaner manually.
Ignore BB error msgs, its just a log file which shows which files were deleted and which weren't.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 05, 2015, 05:18 PM
Ignore BB error msgs, its just a log file which shows which files were deleted and which weren't.

The error message shouldn't be there. That's lousy software development.

You can also do a bunch of other things with Ccleaner you can't do BB.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on November 06, 2015, 08:36 AM
Ignore BB error msgs, its just a log file which shows which files were deleted and which weren't.

The error message shouldn't be there. That's lousy software development.

You can also do a bunch of other things with Ccleaner you can't do BB.
Its just carried over linux's strict logging ploicy but in linux the o/p window is hidden and in MS Windows that functionality of silently skipping that logging is not present or implemented.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 07, 2015, 01:46 PM
Its just carried over linux's strict logging ploicy but in linux the o/p window is hidden and in MS Windows that functionality of silently skipping that logging is not present or implemented.

Don't you hate these OS' or programs that keep meticulous logs of everything you do? One more reason to use a cleaner every day.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on November 08, 2015, 09:57 AM
Its just carried over linux's strict logging ploicy but in linux the o/p window is hidden and in MS Windows that functionality of silently skipping that logging is not present or implemented.

Don't you hate these OS' or programs that keep meticulous logs of everything you do? One more reason to use a cleaner every day.
From developers POV, logs definitely helps in sorting out problems. But you even get good info about "what gets cleaned and what not gets clean?"
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 10, 2015, 06:47 PM
From developers POV, logs definitely helps in sorting out problems. But you even get good info about "what gets cleaned and what not gets clean?"

It's one thing that an OS keeps logs for troubleshooting purposes, but it's quite another logging can't be disabled. Ccleaner and Bleachbit delete all kinds of logs, especially when coupled with winapp2.ini
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: Vasudev on November 11, 2015, 01:09 AM
From developers POV, logs definitely helps in sorting out problems. But you even get good info about "what gets cleaned and what not gets clean?"

It's one thing that an OS keeps logs for troubleshooting purposes, but it's quite another logging can't be disabled. Ccleaner and Bleachbit delete all kinds of logs, especially when coupled with winapp2.ini
Not all logs are deleted by CC/BB take for ex: Windows Dism logs are not cleaned by either one unless you tick it yourself.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: humbert on November 12, 2015, 09:50 PM
Not all logs are deleted by CC/BB take for ex: Windows Dism logs are not cleaned by either one unless you tick it yourself.

What files are involved? They could probably be added to CC or BB manually.

There is so much logging on these OS's it's unreal. I hate logs.
Title: Re: AdwCleaner [Official Thread]
Post by: shhnedo on July 25, 2017, 03:59 PM
There has recently been a complete re-base of the program code.
If nobody has paid attention, I strongly suggest you go check it out. Link are in OP as always.