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Windows 7: How to use AdWCleaner?

04 Nov 2014   #1
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
How to use AdWCleaner?

Can someone explain to me whats the proper way to use this? When i click scan, all i see is waiting and pending for a very long time and it doesn't seem to do anythings. Its on the services tab. Am i suppose to click on each tab such as services, folders, files and all the other ones and do it individually? Reason i ask this is b/c when i clicked on a few of them, it does seem to show progress and scan something. When i just click scan while its on services, it doesn't seem to do anything at all.


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04 Nov 2014   #2
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You'll find some instruction here
How To Use AdwCleaner [Manual]
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04 Nov 2014   #3
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Yes i seen that page. However, im confused why does it show


Pending. Please check elements you don't want to remove. Last time i did this it showed this message for a very long time.


I can click on clean, report and uninstall. And each time this happens i just click clean and then okay then computer reboots. Is the scan still not done? Its on the SERVICES TAB.
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04 Nov 2014   #4
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I haven't used the program so can't comment in depth. Have you tried to to scan in Safe mode
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04 Nov 2014   #5
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
Can someone explain to me whats the proper way to use this?
Read these instructions. ADWCleaner is step #6 on the recipe.

You click on the SCAN button and wait for it to finish its scan process. When it's finished, you can click on each of the tabs below to see what it found. You un-check things you don't want it to blow away when you finally push the CLEAN button to remove everything it found that you did not "save" by un-checking.
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04 Nov 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
Yes i seen that page. However, im confused why does it show


Pending. Please check elements you don't want to remove. Last time i did this it showed this message for a very long time.


I can click on clean, report and uninstall. And each time this happens i just click clean and then okay then computer reboots. Is the scan still not done? Its on the SERVICES TAB.
If you clicked "clean" and rebooted, it removed everything it found.

Including stuff you maybe didn't want it to remove.

You need to check the tabs as mentioned by DSPerber BEFORE clicking "clean" to avoid removing something you want to keep.
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04 Nov 2014   #7
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

How do you check the tabs? I dont know what you mean here.


Yes i clicked clean and reboot but it seems to be a very fast process which is why im confused.


So during the entire time, the tab is suppose to be at services and im not suppose to go to each tab? Thing is if true, why do i go to other tables indivdiually and there is something shown each time then...
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04 Nov 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It is a very fast process.

The tabs are services, folders, files, shortcuts, scheduled tasks, etc,

Below the scan button.

You scan, which should finish in less than a minute.

Then you look at the tabs and see what the scan found in each category.

You uncheck the ones in each tab that you DON'T want to remove.

When you finish going through all the tabs, you use the "clean" button.

Some of the tabs may show nothing--which means that the scan found nothing in that category. So you go to the next tab and check it.
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04 Nov 2014   #9
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Okay well i took a look and all i see are

Files P

Shortcut Argument

Scheduled Task N


What does this mean? I dont see any option to check or uncheck anything.


Also heres another thing. A while back i used this program and i recalled i saw lot of stuff and just cleaned. I didnt saw an option to check anything at all. Im positive on this...
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04 Nov 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I rarely use the program and am not an authority.

But a primary rule in life as well as computing is "when in doubt, don't".

If you don't know what something is or means, bypass it. Leave it alone. Don't "clean" it.

Particularly when you've given no reason to believe you have to use AdwCleaner at all.

If you are obsessive and can't help yourself, then just let it clean everything. I'd guess that's what most do. After all, what can it hurt? Said the spider to the fly.
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