WinAdTools as a variant of SyncoAd.
The following is the vendor description's of the software:
"Windows AdTools is free ad delivery software which provides targeted
You downloaded Windows AdTools from a Website that is able to offer its
content for free because
it shows the Windows AdTools ActiveX popup. The Wind Update program is
installed only once the user has agreed to do so by clicking on "yes". Through the ActiveX, the user can
review the license terms
distributor is carefully reviewed
to make sure that their distribution techniques abide by a strict code of
WinAdTools is according to the vendor bundled with other software
products: "If you do not remember having seen an ActiveX prompt, you might have
downloaded Windows AdTools from a
popular free software product (screensavers, games, file sharing software,
etc.). Users always will
have to opt-in before installing the Windows AdTools software.".
WinAdTools is bundled with other software products that
may not function if
you remove WinAdTools: "Windows AdTools supports many free software products through its advertising
If you remove Windows AdTools from your system, certain free software that
you installed may no longer
function properly and you may have to reinstall them from a backup.
If you are sure that you want to remove Windows AdTools from your computer
just follow these two easy steps:
1) Click Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs
2) Scroll to Windows AdTools and click Remove
The WinAdTools end user license agreement states that you have to
abide the license agreement of four potentially unwanted applications:
"You also specifically agree to abide by the Software Licensing Agreement and Terms and Conditions
of Golden Palace.com,
BetterInternet End User License Agreement and
Bargain Buddy License Agreement."
WINSERVAD.EXE, WinCtlAd.exe, WinAdTools.exe, WinRatchet.exe, WinWrench.dll, info.txt, WinAdServ.exe, WinTaskAd.exe, WinSched.exe, Winad.exe
If you have any of the files related to WinAdTools on your system,
please send them
for additional analysis. Generally, I have only analysed a
few versions for each software component listed at this web site. With your help I
will be able to look at both old and more recent versions of the WinAdTools software.
Thank you very much for your time!
End User License Agreement
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Uninstall WinAdTools from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel. Look for an entry called "DeskAd Service", "Windows ServeAd", "Windows AdTools",
"Windows AdService", "Windows ControlAd", "Winad Client" or "Windows TaskAd".
Uninstall WinAdTools with FreeFixer
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The tool is called FreeFixer
and can help you remove unwanted Browser Helper Objects, Internet Explorer toolbars
and software that starts automatically when you reboot your computer, so it can offer some
assistance while uninstalling WinAdTools. The manual removal instructions
listed below will help you to identify what to delete with
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Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove WinAdTools manually. Please
notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most
cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If WinAdTools remains on your system
after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.
Start your computer in safe mode.
Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run.
(The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)
- Browse to the key:
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run'
- In the right pane, delete the values called 'DeskAd Service', 'Windows ServeAd', 'Windows ControlAd', 'Windows AdTools', 'Windows AdService', 'Winad Client' and 'Windows TaskAd', if they exists.
- Exit the registry editor.
Start Windows Explorer and delete:
Note: %ProgramsDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Program Files.
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Contact information for WinAdTools's vendor
In order to provide correct, accurate and updated information about WinAdTools
I encourage the vendor to contact me if any part of this write-up
needs a revision.
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