Adware are the unwanted extensions of piece of software that attach themselves to your Internet Browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome , Mozilla Firefox etc. and show you unwanted ads or pop-ups which can not only be annoying and embarrassing, but also pose threat to security of your computer and data. Such adware do get installed in Windows and sometimes also add toolbars to Internet Browsers when you install some freeware softwares. You should be careful at the install screens of such freeware softwares as optional toolbar and extension installation options are sometimes enabled by default and have to be un-checked manually to avoid the installation of unwanted toolbars and adware.
If your computer is anyways already infected with some adware or toolbars which you not be able to uninstall, we will share a small free tool which will help you get rid of such menace. The freeware is called the AdwCleaner and is very effective and lightweight tool which can remove Adware, Undesirable browser toolbars and softwares and Browser homepage hijackers which change your Browser homage. We have previously also shared some tools and tips to remove using tools like FreeFixer, BHO Remover and some tips to remove Ask toolbar.
AdwCleaner is a small tool of about half an MB with simple and easy options. It has three options viz. Search, Delete and Uninstall. When you click search, it will scan all the installed adware, toolbars and scan for the homepage hijackers. It will create a log file with details of the installed toolbars and adware. Search button will not delete or remove any of the toolbars, rather it generates a log file like one below.
After you check and review the text log file you can decide whether you need to take an action or not. If you use the reported toolbars and have no problem with them being on your computer and browsers, you may not take any action. If you think that you need to remove these toolbars, you can either manually remove these extensions or softwares or you can click Delete button on the the AdwCleaner tool. In this case, make sure that you have saved all your unsaved work as it will close all programs and will restart your computer. It will show you a warning like the one below:
Click Ok only after you have saved your unsaved work otherwise it may get lost. Hope you find this tool useful and it will help you get rid of the annoying and unwanted toolbars and adware. Do check out some more security tips and tricks by Trouble Fixers.
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