Remove Adwares, Toolbars, Hijackers with Portable AdwCleaner Freeware
This little portable PC cleaner really amazed me. You do not need to install it and it won’t waste your time. It does what its supposed to do straight away and out of the box. It searches for malicious programs, toolbars, adwares, spywares, potentially unwanted programs (PUP), browser hijackers and displays you a list of unwanted software and their registry entries. All you have to do is to take action and hit the delete button. It will get your PC restarted if needed and clean all bad-wares. It even checks for bad registry entries and removes them.
The types of programs that AdwCleaner targets are typically bundled with freeware programs. In many cases when you download and install a free software, the installer will show programs those will be installed along with the program you downloaded. Unless you perform a Custom install and uncheck those, these unwanted programs will automatically be installed on your computer leaving you with extra browser toolbars, adware, and other unwanted programs. AdwCleaner will search for and remove these types of programs.
Use AdwCleaner to easily remove unwanted programs specially adwares and web browser hijackers for a better user experience on your computer while browsing the web. If you download and install freeware often, then keep AdwCleaner with you for regular system maintenance.
Download AdwCleaner and run it. It will offer you a Search and a Delete button. The Search button will search your computer for unwanted programs and then display a log showing the various files, folders, and registry entries used by these programs. To delete these unwanted programs simply click on the Delete button, which will reboot your computer and remove the files and registry entries associated with the various adware that you are removing. On reboot, AdwCleaner will display a log showing the files, folders, and registry entries that were removed.
AdwCleaner requires a reboot to finish the job, which is usually a good sign, because a reboot is often required to thoroughly purge persistent PUPs, adware, toolbars, and other unwanted yet hard-to-eradicate software.
AdwCleaner also contains some advanced options that disable certain detections. To access these options, you can click on the question mark (?) in the upper left corner of the program and then click on Options. You will then be presented with a dialog where you can disable various detections. These options are described below:
DisableAskDetection – Disables Ask Toolbar detection.
DisableIEDetection – Disables Internet Explorer specific detections.
DisableFFDetection – Disables Firefox specific detections.
DisableChromeDetection – Disables detections for Chrome & Chromium based browsers.
DisableOperaDetection – Disables Opera specific detections.
DisableProxyDetection – Disables Internet Proxy detections.
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Caution: Close all programs and application before running this software because it will reboot system and unsaved data can be lost. Save data, close all applications and then run this software.
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