AdwCleaner – Remove Malicious Adware and Toolbars with a Click of the Button

Last night I sat down to use my desktop PC.  I hadn’t been on it for a few days since I usually use my laptop.  I opened Chrome and did a search and was immediately presented with multiple Adbars and popunders.  I was like wtf!!! :evil:  

Now, I knew I hadn’t done this but I had an idea who had….the Wife.  She told me she needed to convert one of her iPhone videos.   Not wanting to waste anymore time I downloaded a program called AdwCleaner.  AdwCleaner quickly scans your PC for Junk software and presents you with a detailed log.  You can remove the Junkware by pressing the delete button.

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Here’s my log.  Thanks Honey.

# AdwCleaner v2.107 – Logfile created 01/22/2013 at 20:18:24
# Updated 21/01/2013 by Xplode
# Operating system : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (64 bits)
# User : matt – MATT-PC
# Boot Mode : Normal
# Running from : C:\Users\matt\Downloads\AdwCleaner (1).exe
# Option [Search]

***** [Services] *****

Found : RelevantKnowledge

***** [Files / Folders] *****

Folder Found : C:\Program Files (x86)\PriceGong
Folder Found : C:\Program Files (x86)\RelevantKnowledge
Folder Found : C:\ProgramData\boost_interprocess
Folder Found : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PriceGong
Folder Found : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RelevantKnowledge
Folder Found : C:\Users\matt\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bkomkajifikmkfnjgphkjcfeepbnojok
Folder Found : C:\Users\matt\AppData\LocalLow\PriceGong

***** [Registry] *****

Key Found : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider
Key Found : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\PriceGong
Key Found : HKCU\Software\Cr_Installer
Key Found : HKCU\Software\SmartBar
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{835315FC-1BF6-4CA9-80CD-F6C158D40692}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\PriceGongIE.DLL
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceFactorIE.PriceGongBHO
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceFactorIE.PriceGongBHO.1
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceGongIE.PriceGongCtrl
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\PriceGongIE.PriceGongCtrl.1
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{8B3372D0-09F0-41A5-8D9B-134E148672FB}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{D2A2595C-4FE4-4315-AA9B-19DBD6271B71}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\Extensions\bkomkajifikmkfnjgphkjcfeepbnojok
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{1631550F-191D-4826-B069-D9439253D926}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{D08D9F98-1C78-4704-87E6-368B0023D831}
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PriceGong
Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}
Value Found : HKCU\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions [{8a9386b4-e958-4c4c-adf4-8f26db3e4829}]
Value Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar [{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}]
Value Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar [{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}]

***** [Internet Browsers] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v9.0.8112.16457

[OK] Registry is clean.

-\\ Google Chrome v24.0.1312.52

File : C:\Users\matt\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences

[OK] File is clean.

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AdwCleaner[R1].txt – [2978 octets] – [22/01/2013 20:18:24]

########## EOF – C:\AdwCleaner[R1].txt – [3038 octets] ##########

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  • Simon

    @Matt: I have used ADwCleaner to get rid of the annoying Babylon toolbar, and it is an excellent program. I would thoroughly recommend it, to get rid of all the rubbish, can get installed on your PC if you are not careful when installing free software

    • http://remove-malware.com malwarekilla

      Yeah, it’s definitely in my USB toolkit. I’m going to add it to the toolkit section on the site today.

      • Simon

        Its excellent

  • Sean

    Cool! This seems like an interesting subject for a video seeing as how so many antiviruses have trouble with adware (or, at least did in your older videos). Are you going to make a video on it?

  • Dave

    I just tried it Matt. AWESOME. Thanks for this share.

  • Adam

    Thanks for the recommendation. I tested it out in a video I made today

  • Jass

    I used this recently and after I deleted some junk with it I opened my Google Chrome and apparently it erased the settings file so I had to set it back up.

  • Simon

    Wouldn’t surprise me it a very powerful tool, to be used with caution

  • Aaron

    When I tried to use it avg came up that adwcleaner was a threat..

    • Simon

      Thats just a False-Positive, you can probably change that within AVG’s settings

  • Simon

    Hre is an article entitled “Easy to Use AdwCleaner Helps Eliminate Hijacks, Toolbar Intrusions and More” which may be helpful http://www.vikitech.com/14821/easy-adwcleaner-helps-eliminate-hijacks-toolbar-intrustions

  • John

    Junkware Removal Tool what about that tool? Is that tool useful? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/junkware-removal-tool/

  • Simon

    Never tried it, but looks similar to ADwCleaner