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How to use AdwCleaner version 3.x

This tutorial explains how to use AdwCleaner version 3.x. AdwCleaner is a tool developed by Xplode, aiming to get rid of Potentially Unwanted Softwares and Adwares. Although the use is quite simple, it is advisable to read the following instructions.

Table of ContentsAdwCleaner logo

  1. Download
  2. Scan
  3. Clean
  4. Quarantine
  5. Hosts Anti-Pup
  6. Donate
  7. Uninstall

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  1. Go to this page to download AdwCleaner (from Xplode) :dlpage small
  2. Click the green arrow to download the software. A small window appears, then click the Save File button > select Desktop as destination :fenetredl small
  3. AdwCleaner is downloaded on the desktop :icoadwcdled small


  1. Right-click on AdwCleaner icon (see above) and Run it as administrator.
  2. The main window appears :interface small
  3. Click the [Scan] button. The program is analyzing the computer searching malicious elements :scanner small
  4. Once AdwCleaner completed its scan, it shows you suspicious and/or malicious elements organized per tab :fichierstrouves small
  5. Click the [Report] button. A logfile appears. Attach it with your answer on a forum. (or host it in Up2Share and directly share the link) :rapport ouvert small

Services Tab : Malicious services list. The tool will disable and then delete the service.

Folders Tab : Malware folders list. The tool will delete the content and then the folder(s).

Files Tab : Malicious files list. The tool will delete the file(s).

Links Tab : Modified or hidden links list. The tool will restore the links to previous state before being infected.

Registry Tab : Registry items modified by the infection. It depend on the element found, the tool will delete the key, the value or the data, or restore the key.

Products Tab : Infections CLSID list.

Internet Explorer : List of configuration and extensions modified by the infection. The tool will remove the extensions and restore the configuration.

Firefox : List of profiles and preferences files. Addons are listed in the tabs "Folders" and "Registry".

Chrome : List of profiles and preferences files. Addons are listed in the tabs "Folders" and "Registry".

If you don't want to delete an item, uncheck it.

Note the logfile is also saved in C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[R0].txt

The Scan function doesn't delete anything. It just lists elements which will be deleted by clicking on Clean button.


  1. When the scan completes (see the previous chapter) and uncheck item(s) you don't want to remove, click the [Clean] button :boutonnettoyer small
  2. A small window to inform that all programs will be closed :nettoyer alertefermetureprogrammes small
  3. Then, AdwCleaner delete all ticked elements. An information window appears, you should read it carefully :nettoyagefin small
  4. If a computer reboot is needed, a small window appears :reboot alerte small
  5. When the computer is rebooted, it will open a logreport window :report reboot nettoyage small
  6. In the same way as the Scan option, you should post it on a forum (or host the logfile on Up2Share and directly share the link).

Note : the log report is also saved in C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S0].txt


  1. Click on Tools > Quarantine to open the quarantine :outil quarantaine small
  2. The list of files previously deleted by AdwCleaner are listed in the quarantine.quarantaine fenetre small Here, two options :
      • If you got a script to restore some files, click on [Load a script] and select the text file to restore elements.

    The quarantine's script must contain one or several paths (one per line) of the file to restore. Example :

      • Tick elements to restore, and click the [Restore] button :quarantaine restaurer small
  3. A report of restored elements appears :quarantaine restauration log small

  4. Hosts Anti-Pup/Adwares

    Hosts Anti-Pup/Adwares, developed by Malekal_Morte is directly available in AdwCleaner, by clicking on Tools > Hosts Anti-Pup/Adwares :

    outils hostsantipup small

    A window appears. Click on [Ok] to install Hosts Anti-Pup/Adwares on the computer.

    info hostsantipup small

    The whole tutorial Hosts Anti-Pup/Adwares is available here.


    This software developed by Xplode is FREE, so you can help to maintain it by a donation. To donate :

    1. Click on [Donate] :faireundon bouton small
    2. Your browser opens a webpage, on which you can make your donation :paypal xplode small


    Although AdwCleaner doesn't need installation procedure, it saves some files on the computer (utilitaries, quarantine..). You should remove them by clicking on [Uninstall] :

    bouton desinstaller small

    1. A window appears confirm the quarantine deletion (the files present in the quarantine will no longer be restorable) :alerte desinstaller small
    2. Click on [Yes] To uninstall AdwCleaner.

    If you need some help, don't hesitate to ask for help on the forum : forum.general-changelog-team.fr


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0 # Darkon 2014-03-22 06:48
I notice the advanced options (the question mark on the top left) is gone in the recent versions. I want to disable Chrome and Firefox detection to prevent AdwCleaner to clear my preferences, with the advanced options gone how do I disable Chorme and Firefox detection?
+1 # JanekL 2014-03-21 08:35
download Awd Clean
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Karl Andreas
+1 # Karl Andreas 2014-03-04 06:00
German language!
#### C:\Users\....\Ap pData\Roaming\Mo zilla\Firefox\Pr ofiles\fwug97u.d efault\prefs.js ####

#### C:\Users\....\Ap pData\Local\Goog le\Chrome\AppDat a\UserData\Defau lt\preferences ####

In German:
Der Befehl „Löschen“ und Neustart ändert nichts daran.
Hat das eine Bedeutung?
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0 # SNambiath 2014-02-10 09:53
AdwCleaner is quick and thorough, does exactly what it says it will do. I've now acquired the habit of running it every week or so on my Machines - just as a precaution and even though I have a subscription for Norton 360 and use SpyBot (Free Edition) as well!

A word of caution - DO NOT download AdwCleaner from other sites - I ended up installing some Downloader called Mobgenie or so, when I tried to dwnload it from some other website!!
Herman Miller
0 # Herman Miller 2014-02-01 19:15
How can I keep the program from deleting my Chrome preferences? What do the series of pound marks on both ends of the Chrome preferences file name (C:\users\me\app data\local\googl e\chrome\userdat a\default\prefer ences)?
0 # Petros 2014-02-01 15:11
The program did exactly what it says on the tin. Simply awesome. I was struggling for over a year to remove the Ask.com updater from Control panel.
0 # Stefan 2014-01-17 13:15
This program is the best. After a lot of frustration with bogus solutions and useless guides, this one finally worked. It installed quickly with no tricks or traps and it completed the scan quickly. It removed Ask.com which was hijacking my browser and it cleaned up many other problem areas. Thank you very much guys. Stefan
Pierre - Scotland
0 # Pierre - Scotland 2014-01-11 13:19
this program is simply magic, it helpt to get rid of many unwanted files/programs running secretly on my PC. A big thank you, my computer is running much faster again. Very, very pleased.
Pierre - Argyll -Scotland
-1 # manish 2014-01-09 08:23
thanks :) it fixed my problem which i was getting from two days :) so happy
0 # MatheusDKTeam 2014-01-08 19:51
Olá,vocês poderiam antes de excluir tudo,o próprio programa fazer um ponto de restauração automaticamente no windows caso a limpeza de errado?
Roberto Novasconi
+6 # Roberto Novasconi 2014-01-03 16:12
Anybody know if there is any way to run AdwCleaner via command line, in silent mode (no GIU) to just scan and report?
0 # helena 2014-01-03 15:39
ADWcleaner finally helpt me, after 2 days off stress, to remove de malware Aartemis.com which was ruining my laptop.......it' s gone, can hardly believe it, so happy that I donated 8 euro's to help Xplode to help more people with PC problems. THNX!!!!
robert b
0 # robert b 2013-12-28 19:18
its ok
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+2 # RichardS 2013-12-01 00:21
ok, ist gut
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Mike - Edinburgh
+2 # Mike - Edinburgh 2013-11-14 05:27
Thanks to everyone involved in providing ADWCleaner. It is now the exception and not the rule to be able to download genuinely helpful anti mal/spy/other ware removal tools - free of charge and without a minefield of 'other programs I never wanted' or a toolbar which restricts my web browsing.

You're a credit to the online programming community and a rare breed in todays internet experience.

Thanks to you all once again and I'm glad to have made a small donation towards your ability to maintain this independence. I hope others can (where possible) on the back of this.

Reading the comments - I can only guess that the users are experiencing some of the problems with ADWCleaner because of existing system infections and I hope that they too manage get ADWCleaner to run with the same success.


jim nelson
+2 # jim nelson 2013-11-13 02:36
Thanks. My Explorer and Mozilla both got hijacked by Qone8 recently. Neither Windows Security Essentials nor Malwarebyte were able to detect it nor remove it. But AdWare cleaner seems to have done the job. I'm sending a donation.
-1 # robinrobin 2013-11-11 07:29
Kaspersky Antivirus doesn't like your last 2 updates of Adwcleaner. "no digital signature, high danger rating."
joão Severino
0 # joão Severino 2013-11-08 16:55
quero melhor detalhe do produto achei muito exelente e muito bom irei reconmendar para outraspessoa quero saber como fazer uma oferta segura tendo em vista que envolve meus dados para fazer oferta
0 # nodru 2013-11-02 11:00
thank you so much for ADWcleaner, it worked to remove Start.Qone8 , and it was easy to use thanks to this tutorial too. :-)
-1 # don 2013-10-29 04:02
please insert palemoon as browser
mozilla firefox okay google chrome okay internet explorer okay in you database adw cleaner but palemoon not in yyour database adw cleaner please upload in your database adw cleaner
please help me
+1 # Nirupama 2013-10-21 19:12
Thank you so much for the help! Adwcleaner is a very useful tool!
0 # tety 2013-10-19 02:00
buen soft
0 # Rudy 2013-10-14 18:09
The programm removed the zip-programma "jzip"
Is the jzip-programma an adware??
0 # BlueHand 2013-10-14 11:26
I'm using v3.007 and there are no check-boxes to uncheck there. How can I select things I don't want to be removed?
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0 # abbie 2013-10-06 19:38
I am having the same problem as Rinda. Im getting popup whenever I roll over a hyper link.
0 # Rinda 2013-10-06 15:47
Nice software, unfortunately it did not work for me! I still have all the ads and ad hyperlinks everywhere. Could it be a bug that crawled in somewhere? I thought a firefox update may help but I'm already all up to date on it. Any suggestions?
0 # mimi 2013-09-29 23:15
ok bla bla bla
0 # Lisa 2013-09-24 05:58
Thank you so much for this program! It is the only one that removed the Isearch.fantasig ames hijack from my computer. I am so happy it's finally gone.
0 # smart91 2013-09-13 16:42
Hi Linda

Yes, Adwcleaner does remove it.
AS you need help, I advise you to post a thread in our forum:
forum.general-changelog-team .fr/.../
A contribitor wil helpl you

+2 # Linda 2013-09-12 19:29

I downloaded a programme to see a DVD from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and now I have Delta search. It is very annoying and I have followed instructions to uninstall, but it is still there. Will AdwCleaner remove it?

Thx Linda


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