AdwCleaner removes adware, malware and more for a speed and performance boost and increased privacy
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AdwCleaner is a free program that removes adware, toolbars, browser hijacks and temporary files to protect your privacy and speed up your PC.
Setup is quick and simple – you don't even need to install the program, just run the EXE file and AdwCleaner will open up, ready to go. From here you can start a search for any grime that may be clogging up your computer.
You may find that the SmartScreen filter in Internet Explorer blocks the AdwCleaner download. This is a false alarm.
To avoid downloading adware and browser hijackers in the first place, see our guide to avoiding potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
The latest version (5.2, released 14 June 2016) includes translation updates and improvements, several security fixes and the option to reset the Hosts file. For more details see the developer's release notes.