March 23, 2021

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

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AdwCleaner is a free anti-adware tool for Windows that will scan your computer and efficiently remove obnoxious programs that slow and impede your computer’s performance. Using innovative technology, it's able to detect Adware (ads software), PUP/LPI (Potentially Unwanted Programs), Intrusive Toolbars, Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage) and other junkware. It also features an anti-adware host that will help prevent advertising software from installing on your machine.

A common tactic among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with adware and PUPs in order to earn revenue. This tool, suitable for both home users and technicians, will help you remove these types of programs. For example, it supports removing: Ask Toolbar, Babylon, browser manager, Claro / iSearch, Conduit, Coupon Printer for Windows, Crossrider, DealPly, Facemoods / Funmoods, iLivid, Iminent, IncrediBar, MyWebSearch, Searchqu, and Web Assistant and more.

AdwCleaner was developed by ToolsLib and acquired by Malwarebytes in October 2016. It's a popular product, installed over 200 million times, and used by consumers, technicians, and enterprises all over the globe. Malwarebytes also offer full security coverage and real time protection against zero day threats: Malwarebytes.

AdwCleaner incorporates all major Junkware Removal Tool (JRT functionalities which have been discontinued on 2017.

Key Features:

  • Simple user interface
  • Fast scanning with seamless removal
  • Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
  • Detect and remove over 250 junkware variants
  • Uninstalls unwanted toolbars and browser helper objects
  • Remove adware that spawn popup ads
  • Toolbar removal functionality
  • Cleans up traces left behind by PUP
  • Restores performance
  • Light footprint

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Last Update: March 23, 2021

Current Version:

License: Freeware

Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Basque, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese.

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)

Developer: Malwarebytes


  • This release is a complete rewrite.
  • [ADD] New graphical interface (responsive and easier to use)
  • [ADD] New database format, with concept of family
  • [ADD] Additional actions per family
  • [ADD] Most of JRT technology now included
  • [ADD] New database management system
  • [ADD] Use of a CDN to provide database downloads
  • [ADD] No longer dependant on 3rd parties dll
  • [ADD] In-App updater
  • [ADD] "Submit samples" menu entry
  • [UPD] Database 2017-07-17.1
  • [UPD] Updated Generic detections
  • [UPD] All cleaning modules are more powerful against various system and permissions issues
  • [UPD] Remediation for browsers faster and no longer corrupt preferences.
  • [UPD] Scan faster by 15 to 25%
  • [UPD] Translations coverage improved
  • [UPD] Handling of process killing
  • [UPD] Quarantine format, now more robust.
  • [BUG] No longer dependant on sqlite3.dll
  • [BUG] Fixed GUI not displaying any graphics in a few cases