Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, also known in its short form as AdwCleaner, is a free anti-adware program developed by Malwarebytes, and for versions prior to v6.030, by the Xplode development team. The user may scan the system for shortcuts, registry keys, and malicious browser extensions. It may also detect bloatware and other PUPs such as Ebay links on the desktop. In general, this program tries to remove adware programs.
AdwCleaner uses the open source libsodium 1.0.16 crypto library, a portable, cross-compilable, installable, packageable fork of NaCl.
AdwCleaner is available in 28 different languages, of which most were translated by community translators.
Since v6.030, the software is developed by Malwarebytes. The official download site has also been created on the Malwarebytes website, although the ToolsLib and Bleeping Computer download sites continue to work to this day.
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 7 was released on 17 July 2017, completely rewriting the program.
As of February 4, 2018, since the release of the software, it has been downloaded over 196 million times at ToolsLib and about 51 million at Bleeping Computer. Each week, it gets downloaded over 700,000 times on average.