Not too long ago, downloading and installing free software from the web was an easy affair. While it’s easy to find free applications even today, it’s hard to come across free programs that don’t offer you install potentially unwanted programs or adware during the product installation.
Most PC users often install adware, browser hijacker programs, and browser toolbars without their knowledge. Although most adware and browser hijacker programs aren’t as dangerous as virus or malware, these adware programs/plugins ruin your computing and web browsing experience by displaying pop-ups, text links, or banner ads. More importantly, adware programs collect personally identifiable information in order to display targeted advertisement.
While many Antivirus software out there for Windows are capable of detecting and removing adware, not all antivirus programs can do this job. If you’re often seeing unwanted pop-ups or if a plugin has hijacked your browser homepage, it’s a good idea to run the free Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool on your PC.
Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC
Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC is a free program designed to help Windows 10 and previous versions of PC users to easily find and remove adware, browser hijackers, unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons from your PC.
This free Adware Removal Tool can also be used to scan and remove keyloggers that record user input.
Last but not the least, Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool is a standalone program, and requires no installation. All you need to do is, download and run the program.
Here is how to use Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool to remove adware, unwanted browser toolbars, browser hijackers and plug-ins from your Windows 10 PC.
Using Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool on Windows 10
Step 1: Visit this page of Bitdefender, and download Adware Removal Tool. The download size of the software is about 50 MB. The software is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit types of Windows.
Step 2: Double-click on Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool executable file to run the program. As mentioned before, it’s a portable program, and runs without an installation.
Accept the license agreement to begin using the program.
Step 3: Upon launching the program for the first time, it automatically begins scanning your PC for adware, browser hijackers, plug-ins and toolbars. Depending on the number of programs installed and size of your Windows 10 installation, Adware Removal Tool might take from a few minutes to up to an hour to complete the scan. On our test PC, the scanning was done in less than 5 minutes.
Step 4: Once the scan is completed, it will display all potential unwanted found on your PC.
Step 5: To remove the unwanted program, simply select the program in the list, and then click Remove button.
If the selected unwanted program can’t be removed, the program will ask you to reboot your PC once so that it can remove the unwanted program during the boot.
And if there are no unwanted programs installed on your PC, you will see No unwanted applications found message.
Lastly, we recommend you run this program on regular basic to make sure that your Windows 10 PC is free from adware. You can avoid installing potentially unwanted programs without your notice by installing a free program called Unchecky.
Adwcleaner is another good adware removal tool for Windows.