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adwcleaner 8.4.2 (BSOD), blue screen of death

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I am a long term user of adwcleaner.  On previous versions of adware cleaner a BSOD frequently occurred.  A fix was posted "you basically just have to go to settings, scroll down to cleaning options and then uncheck "terminate all processes before cleaning" it's literally that simple.

For the current version 8.4.2 the BSOD occurs before I am able to enter Settings to see if the culprit is there (as listed fix above).  I am running Windows 10 64bit.

Thank you for your support

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Thanks for posting in the AdwCleaner Help forum.
In order to help us assist you to resolve your issue, please post or attach your latest AdwCleaner log files with your post. https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039021593

Someone will reply shortly, but in the meantime here are a few resources which may help resolve your issue:

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Please do the following so that we may take a closer look at your system.



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Porthos and all whom reply to this topic.  I have complied with your instruction.  Please note that after 3-4 consecutive BSOD I removed v8.4.2 desktop shortcut; reverting to 8.4.1 then followed through with instructions.  I use a Desktop shortcut for adwcleaner versions.  Hopefully, the BSOD were captured in the support file scan


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I would start by removing the following from the Hosts file.


Hosts File Blocks
Host data:                   telemetry.malwarebytes.com
Host data: keystone.mwbsys.com


Instructions on resetting your HOSTS file can be found in this Microsoft support article.

Also, a question. Why do you use the limited ADWcleanr instead of he free version of Malwarebytes??

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Hello @radunn,

Can you turn on the debug mode: https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038520134-Malwarebytes-AdwCleaner-Application-settings to generate a more detailed report showing the culprit for this BSOD?

Then run AdwCleaner as usual, run a scan + clean to trigger a BSOD, reboot, and share the file C:\AdwCleaner\Logs\AdwCleaner_debug.log please.


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