Adware/Junkware in Windows is a prevalent problem. No matter how cautious you are, adware/junkware is bound to slip through every once in a while. And if you are one of those who don’t like to read the fine print when installing applications, you are bound to install adware that comes bundled with a software installer.
To be clear, Adware doesn’t only mean the potentially unwanted software (PUPs) installed on your system but also includes any toolbars, add-ons, extensions, and homepage hijackers that are installed without your knowledge or consent.
One of the most frustrating things about the adware is that they deeply integrate with several other legitimate programs, and due to this deep integration, you can’t even uninstall them like any other regular software. Often these adware programs are known for other shady behaviors like downloading other programs, reappearing after uninstallation, etc.
One way to protect your system from this adware cyclone is to use free programs like Unchecky which alert you of any bundled adware while installing software. If your system is already infected with the adware/junkware, here is how you can use Ultra Adware Killer to clean installed adware on your system.
Using Ultra Adware Killer
To start with, Ultra Adware Killer is a free and lightweight program that scans and eliminates any adware in your computer. You can download this free software from its official site.
Once downloaded, execute the application. As you can see, the interface itself is minimal and straightforward. Before you click the “Scan” button, make sure that you’ve closed all your browser sessions as UAD will violently close the applications without any warning. Click on the button “Start Scan” to scan your computer for any adware/junkware.
After the scan is completed, Ultra Adware Killer will list all the adware found on your system according to their locations. Navigate through all the tabs to see all the potential adware installed on your system.
One thing to keep in mind is that not everything listed on the home screen is adware, and there will be false-positives. So go through the listed items and deselect the ones you think are clean. The good thing about Ultra Adware Killer is that it shows suggestions for known items. After deselecting the false-positives, click on the “Cleanup” button to start the cleanup process.
The above action will prompt you that the process will close any opened browser windows. So save your work and close the applications before you click the “Yes” button to continue.
That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully cleaned your system for any adware or junkware. Since Ultra Adware Killer creates a Restore Point before cleaning, you can always revert to what it was before in case anything goes wrong.
If you want to see a detailed scan and/or removal log of your recent actions, click on the “Menu” button and select either of the options – “View scan log” or “View removal log.” For instance, I’ve selected the option “View scan log.”
This action will open the respective log in Windows Notepad. Just scroll down and you will find all the scanned and/or removed registry entries, extensions, programs, etc.
Once everything is done, you can safely uninstall the application. To do that, click on the “Menu” button and select the option “Uninstall.”
Now click on the button “Yes” and the Ultra Adware Killer will be uninstalled automatically.
That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to use Ultra Adware Killer to clean any potential adware or junkware from your PC. However, be wary of the false-positives and deselect them before proceeding to clean.
Hopefully that helps, and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using Ultra Adware Killer to clean adware in your Windows system.