84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove AdFender?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
19% remove it81% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,682
United States Rank #3,217
Reach 0.1495%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.44 days
307.89 days >
Average installed length: 161.77 days


2.26 2.75%
2.25 0.20%
2.10 1.97%
2.01 2.99%
2.0 2.27%
1.83 28.31%
1.82 10.01%
1.80 26.04%
1.75 13.82%
1.60 9.47%
1.50 2.17%


What is AdFender?  (from AdFender)

AdFender is a free and effective ad blocking solution. It removes clutter from web pages such as expanding banner ads, flash ads and blocks other intrusive in-your face advertisements. AdFender runs unobtrusively in the background and help you surf faster saving valuable bandwidth. It works with all leading web browser...  Read more


AdFender is a software program developed by AdFender. The most common release is 1.83, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is adfender.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 12.67 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 4.42 MB (4,632,353 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 56% of users of AdFender come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adfender.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adfender
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AdFender\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 4.42 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AdFender

Program executable:adfender.exe
Signed by:AdFender
Path:C:\Program Files\adfender\adfender.exe
Additional files:
  • AdProxy.dll - AdFender (AdFender Proxy Module)
  • AdUtils.dll - AdFender Utils Module
  • AFCert.exe - AdFender Certificate Installer
  • AFHook.exe - AdFender Inject Module
  • AFHook32.dll - AdFender Hook Module
  • AFHook64.dll
  • ConfigureLoopback.exe - AdFender Loopback Exemption Utility
  • ProxyCon.dll - AdFender Connect Module
  • SConfig.dll - AdFender Config Module
  • Setup.exe - AdFender Installer Module
  • SQLWrapper.dll - AdFender SQLWrapper Module
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • AdFender.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{69BB5860-94A1-468C-9432-38050CCC6C56}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AdFender.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 5.
Startup File (User Run)
  • AdFender.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AdFender' and executes as C:\Program Files\AdFender\AdFender.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • AdFender.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AdFender\AdFender.exe'.
Network connections
  • AdFender.exe connects to p3nlhg356c1356.shr.prod.phx3.secureserver.net ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.67 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002501165%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00020558%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004453%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:766,463
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:268 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:250 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove AdFender?

You can uninstall AdFender from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AdFender, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AdFender.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.90%
Windows 10 34.28%
Windows XP 6.07%
Windows Vista 4.75%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.53%
Windows 8.1 11.66%
Windows 7 Professional 9.34%
Windows 10 Home 6.63%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.95%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.98%
  United Kingdom 5.79%
  Canada 3.70%
  Poland 2.79%
  France 2.18%
  Italy 1.90%
  Australia 1.65%
  Netherlands 1.38%
  Germany 1.35%
  DK 1.32%
  Spain 1.30%
  Russia 1.30%
  India 1.21%
  Egypt 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.47%
Dell 22.07%
Acer 17.65%
ASUS 8.05%
Toshiba 7.32%
Samsung 3.58%
Lenovo 3.43%
Intel 1.97%
Medion 0.99%
American Megatrends 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.45%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.45%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.06%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.06%
MEDIONPC MS-7708 2.64%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.50%

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Arizonagramma1over a year ago
Free version never worked on my computer after installation. Zero blocks after having it a month.