Windows 10: ADW Cleaner ghosts

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  1.    10 Nov 2016 #1

    ADW Cleaner ghosts


    Had a little mishap the other day, a download went bad and I stopped it's installation when I noticed some hanky-panky going on. Immediately run Mbam, WD, Eset online and few more and all suspects were deleted. Only ADW Cleaner found some stuff still left, cleaned it but still comes up with same "Threats".
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    Normally, I would go into registry and clean/change it myself but the kicker is I can't find any of those entries in the registry.
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  2. Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       10 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi:

    Possible F/Ps may be reported in the special forum reserved for AdwCleaner tech support here.

    The team are probably the best folks review your data to determine whether or not those may be F/P detections.

    Cheers,
    MM
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  3.    10 Nov 2016 #3

    MoxieMomma said: View Post
    Hi:

    Possible F/Ps may be reported in the special forum reserved for AdwCleaner tech support here.

    The team are probably the best folks review your data to determine whether or not those may be F/P detections.

    Cheers,
    MM
    Tnx, I just sent them report. Will see what they have to say. Considering there are no entries like that in the registry must be some false positives.
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  4. Posts : 2,156
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       10 Nov 2016 #4

    It seems to be a known "issue" ToolsLib - Some registry entries cannot be removed by AdwCleaner - Forum

    Anyway, since ADWCleaner has been bought by Malwarebytes (untrustworthy company), we can only expect it to be going downhill.
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  5.    10 Nov 2016 #5

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    It seems to be a known "issue" ToolsLib - Some registry entries cannot be removed by AdwCleaner - Forum

    Anyway, since ADWCleaner has been bought by Malwarebytes , we can only expect it to be going downhill.
    My problem is that that entry does not exist in Registry at all. I'm not aware of any hidden registry values. Also tried with "Registry Finder" and "Registry Workshop".
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  6. Posts : 2,156
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       10 Nov 2016 #6

    Have you restarted after cleaning? Maybe it is just a leftover in MRU/history/pagefile or something like that?
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  7.    10 Nov 2016 #7

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Have you restarted after cleaning? Maybe it is just a leftover in MRU/history/pagefile or something like that?
    Yep, ADW Cleaner insists on restart, checked for those entries before and after restart.
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  8. Posts : 2,156
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       10 Nov 2016 #8

    Sadly it looks, that adwcleaner has become scareware faster than I have expected, once malwarebytes took over.
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  9.    10 Nov 2016 #9

    AdwCleaner is known to have got false positives since its inception. It's very common and it usually gets resolved after an update. That's why it's always advisable to check To Clean results prior to doing the actual cleaning.

    PS - I am pretty curious as to why TairikuOkami despises AdwCleanear adquisition by Malwarebytes that much. As far as I know Malwarebytes products aren't bad per se.
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  10. Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       10 Nov 2016 #10

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    AdwCleaner is known to have got false positives since its inception. It's very common and it usually gets resolved after an update. That's why it's always advisable to check To Clean results prior to doing the actual cleaning.

    PS - I am pretty curious as to why TairikuOkami despises AdwCleanear adquisition by Malwarebytes that much. As far as I know Malwarebytes products aren't bad per se.
    Yep, the developers/authors have been responding to a F/P thread for AdwCleaner at bleeping for a long time, long before the acquisition.
    (And nearly all major, independent malware removal tools have similar threads there or at another forum.)

    No tool is 100% free from false positives/bugs/glitches.
    The recent acquisition by Malwarebytes will put resources into product development and support that independent developers might not have.

    To brand the product from a well-respected, white-hat security software vendor as "scareware", with no data and especially at a third-party forum, rather than at the product's own official forum for prompt viewing and reply by the developers, seems a bit unfair, at best.
    I'm sure that the team would welcome feedback (positive and negative) at that forum HERE.
    That would be the best way to directly impact the product's development, improvement, etc.

    EOD for me,
    MM (entirely unaffiliated with Malwarebytes)
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