How to use AdwCleaner to remove Malware

Last Updated on May 2, 2020 by Next Century

What is AdwCleaner?

AdwCleaner searches for and removes adware, browser hijackers and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs that may have installed themselves on your computer.

How to install AdwCleaner to scan and remove adware

The software, which is compatible with all desktop versions of Microsoft Windows and does not require to be installed.

Here’s how to use and perform a scan with AdwCleaner:

  • Download AdwCleaner

  • Close all your programs and browsers (since AdwCleaner is going to check for any malware issues in these)

  • Right click on the downloaded files adwcleaner.exe and select Run as administrator

  • And if the User Account Control prompt appears, select Yes

  • If this is the first time you have used AdwCleaner, you will be prompted to Agree to the End User Licence Agreement, click on I Agree

  • Click on the Scan Now button to perform a scan of your computer for Adware, PUPs and preinstalled software

    Then you will see the Scan in progress screen as below

  • When the scan is complete, click on the Clean button to remove any malware threats

    If your computer is clean of PUPs and Adware, you will see this message below

  • Malwarebytes AdwCleaner also will scan for Preinstalled software that might not be required

    If preinstalled software is found, tick the software that you do not require and then click on Quarantine

    With the preinstalled software scan, I advise caution and only let it remove software if you are confident they are actually just junk software and not required

  • Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts

  • If any issues are found, press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process

All malware threats should now be removed from your computer

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