AdwCleaner is a free tool that promises to kill unwanted adware from your system. If you download a lot of stuff from the internet, you know the problem: the system is getting more and more clogged up and the performance starts to really lack after a while.
A program like AdwCleaner can help there. It safely gets rid of adware, toolbars, browser hijacks, and other unwanted programs from Windows and installed browsers. The freeware consists of a search mode for the analysis and the actual cleaning function.
Once AdwCleaner has loaded, do a search. A protocol in TXT format opens, which lists all the found hits arranged by affected browser. One click on the Delete button deletes the annoying tools. You may have to restart your system after the clean-up.
Verdict: AdwCleaner reliably deletes unwanted adware and programs from your computer. You don't even have to install the program, just click on the downloaded EXE file to start it up. The full monty: unfortunately the free tool doesn't let you exclude single found elements from the clean-up. That makes a freeware tool like Autoruns more intelligent.