5 Free Adware Removal Tools for Windows to Remove Unwanted Software
Adware forces adverts onto your PC. Adware modifies your computer settings to show you unwanted adverts in your internet browser.
Some of these adverts are shown as “Pop Up” adverts, warning that “Your Computer Is Infected”. Others are by changing your home page to some unknown search engine, or by redirecting you to other websites when you try to open another webpage.
Adware usually gets installed when you download and install free software. Always download from an official website or partner website. And if available, check the install options, or expert or advanced install options, which can also install unwanted software.
Adware is not easy to clean and remove. They can be missed by normally antivirus or anti malware software.
But below are five tools that can help to detect and remove Adware. It may be an idea to run two or three of these if you are experiencing a particularly nasty piece of Adware.
These Adware removal tools can be used on Windows version Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
Hitman Pro is probably the best Adware removal tool we have used, and is our number one choice for adware removal software. Hitman Pro is very effective in adware, malware and virus removal. It is designed to discover viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and other malware on up-to-date and fully protected computers. When we have used Hitman Pro, we have found that it finds and removes adware and malware that other tools do not find. Free version has a time limit.
AdwCleaner is a free scanning and removal adware and malware removal tool. AdwCleaner can help identify and remove Adware, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), Toolbars and Browser Hijackers. AdwCleaner is a simple but powerful tool to use. AdwCleaner comes with both “Scan” and “Clean” mode. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 in 32 & 64 bits.
3. Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
You may already have heard or know of Malwarebytes and their Antimalware software. But they also have Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool or “JRT”. JRT can remove the Pop up adware, PUPs unwanted toolbars and browser helper objects, including the Ask and Babylon toolbars, and other malware and junk files from your computer. JRT is free, and may soon be incorporated into their main Antimalware package. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 in 32 & 64 bits.
4. Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool
Bitdefender produce one of the most popular antivirus softwares around, and so their Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool can be relied upon to remove unwanted Adware. Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool is a free and simple tool to use to remove any unwanted apps, annoying toolbars or browser add-ons. Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool can be used on any PC with Windows (XP or later Windows release) with Internet Explorer (6 or later version).
5. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
Combining anti-spyware with a powerful antivirus, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ enhances them with real-time protection, download protection and continuously updated filters against malicious URLs, providing top-of-the-line anti-malware protection. Some features are, however, only available in the paid for version.