AdwCleaner 8.3.1 has been released, and the main highlight of this new update is support for Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11.
It has been more than a month since Windows 11 was released to the general public. The new version of Windows offers a modern experience to PC users with redesigned start menu and taskbar, as well as new widgets and other new features.
Although Windows 11 arrives with a built-in security feature called Windows Defender that protects the operating system against viruses and other forms of malware, it’s always a good idea to utilize specialized software when dealing with adware on a computer system.
In that case, AdwCleanertakes the top spot. According to Malwarebytes, the tool has been updated and now officially supports Windows 11.
Free security tool
If you don’t know, AdwCleaner from Malwarebytes is an excellent, powerful free tool that removes adware, PUPs, toolbars, and hijackers that other security software can’t reach.
Moreover, it detects and removes preinstalled software from new computers.
Windows hosts Scanning feature
Normally advanced users utilize the Windows hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc) to block software ads on their PC, but malware writers are using the host’s file for adding malicious entries.
AdwCleaner also has a Hosts files scanning feature that can detect such malicious entries or redirections and quarantine those redirections. If the redirections are added by the PC users, they can restore them from the Quarantine section.
If you’re not sure where the adverts you’re seeing are coming from, the best solution is to scan your PC or mobile device using a dedicated tool to locate the source of the annoyance.
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner is available for both Windows and Mac and is completely free to use.
Just download the program, click Scan and it will hunt for any installed adware, and let you review the list of found applications before removing them.
This application doesn’t need any installation (portable), just run the .exe file directly.
- Removes adware and unwanted programs.
- Portable -doesn’t need installation.
- Uninstall’s itself.
- Can detect such malicious entries or redirects in Windows hosts file.
- Supports command-line execution.
Download the app from the developer page[8.14 MB]