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We are pleased to announce AdwCleaner 8.0.6, which despite its version number is a major milestone that contains a long-awaited feature: the command-line interface.

AdwCleaner CLI allows you to programmatically use AdwCleaner without having to interact with the graphical interface. It makes it easy to integrate it with your workflow and environment, even in a GUI-less remote session!

The command line interface is consistent with the GUI version, so comes with two modes:

  • Scan: `/scan` Only do a scan, but do not clean. The only difference with the GUI is that Preinstalled Applications will not be listed and thus not selected for being quarantined - see `/preinstalled` below.
  • Clean: `/clean` Scan and automatically clean all detected elements. This will also automatically reboot the computer afterwards to complete the cleaning process.
  • Help: `/?` Display the CLI usage information.

In addition, several options are available:

  • `/eula`: Accept the EULA. This is only needed once per machine.
  • `/noreboot`: Do not automatically reboot after the cleaning process.
  • `/preinstalled`: Include Preinstalled Application in the detections and move them automatically to quarantine during cleaning. Use with care.

The location of the log files and quarantine are not changed compared with the GUI. They are usually located in C:\AdwCleaner. This path will be customizable in the next release, so you will be able to choose the logfile location.

If no command line arguments are present, then the usual GUI will show up.

Usage example:

* Scan only:

AdwCleaner.exe /eula /scan

* Scan, then clean and reboot:

AdwCleaner.exe /eula /clean

* Scan, then clean but do not reboot:

AdwCleaner.exe /eula /clean /noreboot

* Use the Graphical interface (same executable):



We hope that this version will help you to make your work easier. We will add more features in the next releases (ability to customize the logfile output, to empty the quarantine, etc..) but we want to hear from your usage and experience with AdwCleaner CLI.

As usual, the whole changelog is available below:

## v8.0.6 [01/07/2020]

### New Features

* Command line interface to scan and clean without the GUI. More details in the release announcement.

### Bugfixes

* Fix reintroduction of DLL loading vulnerability reintroduced in 8.0.5.

AdwCleaner (both CLI and GUI) can be downloaded from the usual place: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner

Edited by jboursier

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