Windows 11 is available to the public for more than a month with a new start menu, taskbar, widgets, and new features. The OS comes with Windows Defender built-in, It can detect and remove malware, viruses, and other threats. But, it’s always good to use specially designed software when comes to dealing with adware on the system. No surprise, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner tops the charts in that case. The Tool has been updated and now officially supports Windows 11 as per Malwarebytes.
What is AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a light, portable that doesn’t require installation. It detects and gets rid of adware, potentially unwanted programs, and Preinstalled Software.
The AdwCleaner was acquired by Malwarebytes in 2018, since then its UI and adware detection technology has been improved.
- No installation required
- Can be removed if found unnecessary
- Removes pups, browser hijackers, toolbars, adware, and preinstalled programs.
- Detects malicious entries in the hosts’ file
- Supports running from command-line.
How to use AdwCleaner
- Download and run AdWCleaner
- Accept the license agreement
- Click on the “Scan Now “button on the dashboard.
- AdwCleaner downloads the updates and performs the scan in crucial areas of the system. If nothing is detected, you can “skip basic repair” and quit the program.
What the basic repair does is it resets Winsock and other settings to the default values.
When any threats are detected, you’ll be prompted to take action. AdwCleaner will quarantine the threats when you ask it to do so.
Malwarebytes Adwcleaner now officially supports and works on Windows 11
Malwarebytes today released AdwCleaner 8.3.1. The tool now functions on Windows versions from 7 to 11. Do note, it no longer supports XP and Vista.
- Official support for Windows 11.
Note: Malwarebytes says there is one cosmetic glitch that they were aware of and promises it will be fixed in an upcoming update.
- Update definitions to 2021.11.18.1
- Update translations
- It is now possible to use /path again in parallel of other commands
- Fix startup issues on Windows 11 under specific conditions.
- Fix a crash due to parsing malformed /etc/hosts file.
- Fix the german translation.
It is worth noting that Adwcleaner is a standalone tool but when you need full protection you should be running Antivirus or Malwarebytes Premium.
Adwcleaner is not a substitute for Antivirus.
You can download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner v 8.3.1 from here.
What’s your take on AdwCleaner? Have you used it and found it useful? Let us know in the comments below.