Adware is not only annoying but also slows you down. It’s also sneaky. Some of them come from those pre-installed Windows, but most of them managed to get on to your computer through ads, poor managed websites, as well as email attachment without you knowing it. It’s also quite contingency. Once one got installed, a lot more will follow that lead. Most annoyingly, it’s hard to clean them all up once they are on.
Bitdefender, one of the well-known anti-virus vendor, has a free but powerful weapon called Adware Removal Tool for PC that’s going to free your computer from these annoying adware, malicious hijacker programs, unwanted toolbars and other browser add-ons. And here is how it works.
First of all, download the tool and run it. It doesn’t seem to need the installation before you can run it, which is even better.
Accept the EULA, and click Get Started button to start the scanning process.
If nothing found, congratulations, you’ve done an awesome job keeping your computer in good conditions.
But if not, the next screen will warn you with a big Attention Needed sign with the list of adware found on your computer. You can then select those you want to remove and click Remove button to start the removal process.
After a little while, hooray, your computer now is adware-free.
To be sure, I’d suggest that you restart your computer and run Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool the second time to check if there are any slipped through the first run.
Moreover, it’s even better if we use another method to double-check if your computer is clean. I am finding that with the integration of Virus Total both Autoruns and Process Explorer from Sysinternals have become excellent choices to be your go-to tool for this purpose.
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Last updated: 02/20/2015