Windows AdControl


Windows AdControl as a variant of WinAdTools. Windows AdControl is a toolbar that shows targeted advertising, based on the web pages you view. Windows AdControl can also change browser settings such as your home page and search page and redirect the web browsers auto search option and default error page to a site defined by Windows AdControl vendor. Windows AdControl has an automatically update feature which is used from time to time, it may also add adult and/or sexual related bookmarks and de-active all other toolbars installed on your system.

Windows AdControl is packed with UPX.




WinAdCtl.exe, WinAdAlt.exe, WinAdShift.dll

If you have any of the files related to Windows AdControl 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 Windows AdControl software. Thank you very much for your time!



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Uninstall procedure

Uninstall Windows AdControl from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel. Look for an entry called "Windows AdControl".

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Manual removal

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove Windows AdControl 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 Windows AdControl remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.

  1. Start your computer in safe mode.
  2. 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.)
  3. Browse to the key:
    'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run'
  4. In the right pane, delete the value called 'Windows AdControl', if it exists.
  5. Exit the registry editor.
  6. Start Windows Explorer and delete:
    %ProgramsDir%\Windows AdControl\
    Note: %ProgramsDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Program Files.

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