How to Get Rid of Adware on Windows 10 or 8.1- 5 Best Adware Removal Tools Free

If your Windows 10 or 8.1 computer is showing up some unpleasant advertisements, pop-ups and redirecting your web browser to different websites, then that indicates that your computer is mostly affected by adware.  Adware is a kind of software/script like a virus that can infect your computer, mostly the web browser. When you are online and accessing the internet, it can display unwanted ads, images, and media. This article lists out the 5 best Adware removal tools free that can work on Windows 10 and earlier Operating System versions. You can get rid of Adware by using any of the Adware removal tools easily. As an important note, not all removal tools will work the same to remove particular Adware/spyware. You must use different tools to remove different types of Adware on Windows 10/8.1 PC.

There is a difference between Adware, Spyware and Trojans and it should not be confused. You can refer to this article to find out the difference between spyware and adware. We have already mentioned a few best free antivirus software for Windows 10 and 8.1.

Once the Adware removed successfully by any of the tools, it will possibly restore your web browser settings. Also, it can remove unwanted programs and browser toolbars/add-ons from your Windows 10 laptop or desktop computer.

How to Get Rid of Adware from Windows 10?

As said earlier, not all Adware removal tools will remove all kind of infections. Some work, some may not. Once you realized that your computer is affected by Adware, first try to identify the Adware name or what kind of infection it is. Once you have identified the exact Adware name or the type of issue you are facing (specifically), then it will be easy to find the suitable removal tool and remove it easily.

  • Identify the Adware name or type
  • Check for unwanted programs in the control panel that were installed without your knowledge.
  • Remove the browser toolbars that were not installed by you.
  • Check the task manager in Windows 10 and see whether any suspicious services or programs(tasks) are running, kill them if you find any strange services/programs – this is for advanced users only.
  • Install the suitable best Adware remover from below list and follow the steps to clean your PC.

Top 5 Free Adware Removal Tools

1) Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a famous malware/adware and spyware removal tool available for free. It is my favorite one too. If the installed antivirus can’t detect and repair the adware affected computer, Malwarebytes is the first tool I try on Windows 10 or 8.1 as one of the best Adware removal tools. With the free version, you can get rid of Adware, malware, and spyware from your computer most of the time. The main downside of the free version is, it doesn’t come with real-time protection. That means it will not protect your computer by preventing threats. It can work as a removal tool once your desktop or laptop computer got affected. For real-time protection as the best adware remover tool, you must purchase the paid version which is really powerful.

malwarebytes_adware removal tool free

2) SUPERAntiSpyware Remover Tool

Another great adware, spyware removal tool available as a free and premium version for Windows OS. While installing this tool, you can try the premium version as a trail if you wish to try and buy later, otherwise select the full free version and install it on your Windows computer. Of course, the free version is having some limitations such as no real-time protection. SUPERAntiSpyware is having a long history in this PC security field and every year their products get more features and maturity.  The interface is simple and straightforward that can be used on any computer user.  It has more than 50 million downloads around the world and claims that one of the best adware removal tool free in 2016. You can just install and run the tool to get rid of Adware on your Windows 10 desktop or laptop.

superantispyware for windows 10 free tool

3) Spybot Search and Destroy

If you ever attacked by spyware/malware earlier and tried to recover your computer from it by researching the best adware removal tool, then I’m sure you would have heard about Spybot search and destroy. This is one of the best and famous adware, malware and spyware removal tool available for Windows Operating System for a long time. When your computer got affected by an infection, you do not need to try all removal tools. But try one by one and see whether the particular tool is removing the infection. Some tools may work and others not because of the type of infection. Spybot Search and Destroy will almost find and destroy the adware/malware effect on your computer and repair any registry issues caused by the infection.

spybot adware removal tool

4) AdwCleaner

It’s free software that does the job perfectly. It was mainly built to remove adware from your Windows computer by inspecting the unwanted programs, web browsers’ such as Chrome and Firefox tool-bars and any browser hijackers on your computer. It was built by Xpolde who developed few other security tools too. It doesn’t give any real-time protection. You can use this free adware removal tool once you realized that your PC got affected by adware and it started behaving strangely. The user interface is very simple and understandable. Just install, scan and clean. It gives a detailed report in each category, so you can understand which area of your computer got affected. Possibly it will help in getting rid of Adware on your Windows 10/8.1 PC. They update the tool frequently, so you will keep getting updates and new features to fight against new threats all the time.

legit-adwcleaner to remove adware

5) Ad-Aware from Lavasoft- Adware Remover for Windows

This is another free and best adware removal tool from famous Lavasoft company. Lavasoft is having great security products in their line. Ad-Aware is one of the free and best tools with some limitations compared to their paid versions. But the best thing with free Ad-Aware is, it supports real-time protection in the free version. If you need some premium and customized settings/options, then the paid version will be suitable for you. But just to protect and remove adware from a Windows computer for free, the basic free adware removal tool will be enough. You can scan and remove the adware easily from their friendly interface. Also, few protection options such as real-time protection from the web browser, email protection and even you can block unwanted bad web addresses (URLs) from this free tool. It really gives more customization options in the free version than other adware removal tools available for free this list. This is not only an adware/spyware removal tool but also a professional antivirus tool you can use on your home computers.

ad-aware free version

We hope one of the above free best adware removal tools will help in getting rid of adware from your Windows 10 computer. It is highly recommended to select the best and genuine tool to clean up your computer because even some of the adware removal tools (which built as adware/spyware) will be harmful to your computer if you installed them without checking their reputation. As mentioned earlier, you do not need to install all the cleaning tools at a time and try cleaning. Try one by one to clean the PC from spyware, malware or adware for free with these tools. Though you will find plenty of similar security products for home and office users, we thought one of the above tools will fix your problem mostly!

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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