How to remove ‘fake’ AdwCleaner (Virus Removal Guide)

There is a fake version of the free adware and potentially unwanted program removal tool titled AdwCleaner that is detected as malware by reputable security software. The fake program masquerades as a trial version of AdwCleaner, displays non-existent threats, and asks users for money ($59.99). The AdwCleaner trial is entirely bogus and if you purchase a license key, you’ll actually receive a message to download the real AdwCleaner (which the crook calls the ‘full version’).

fake AdwCleaner

  • The fake AdwCleaner program primarily infiltrates a computer system without user knowledge or by use of deceptive marketing techniques.
  • The fake AdwCleaner program is digitally signed by “WAT Software Rotterdam”, and the executable setup file is titled “AdwCleaner_Setup.exe.”
  • The fake AdwCleaner program promotes a fake full version that costs $59.99.

AdwCleaner virus

  • Once the fake AdwCleaner program is contracted the rogue program will display various pop-up messages (detailed below).

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How to remove AdwCleaner

Step 1: Uninstall ‘fake’ AdwCleaner from Windows

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2. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

3. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

4. In the list of installed programs, search for AdwCleaner. Once the program is located, double click the program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

5. Restart your computer.

Step 2: Scan your computer for malware

1. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Anti-Malware program after the program is installed.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to install updates if prompted to do so.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

Step 3: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall AdwCleaner using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential AdwCleaner malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.