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Should I remove Ad-Aware?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,270
United States Rank #2,843
Reach 0.1639%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 559.90 days
1366.48 days >
Average installed length: 717.98 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
9.6.0 26.66%
9.5.0 35.73%
9.0.7 23.89%
9.0.6 8.74%
9.0.1 4.98%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Lavasoft

Ad-Aware

What is Ad-Aware?

Ad-Aware is an anti-spyware and anti-virus program developed by Lavasoft that detects and removes malware, spyware and adware on a user's computer. According to Lavasoft, Ad-Aware detects spyware, computer viruses, dialers, Trojans, bots, rootkits, data miners, aggressive advertising, parasites, browser hijackers, and tracking components.

About  (from Lavasoft)

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Overview

The most common release is 9.5.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named ad-aware.exe. The setup package generally installs about 36 files and is usually about 4.92 MB (5,153,792 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\lavasoft\ad-aware
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{385DD1DD-65AA-408D-8E70-74601C2DB7E6}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.92 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware

Program executable:ad-aware.exe
Name:Ad-Aware Application
Ad-Aware GUI
Signed by:Lavasoft Limited
Path:C:\Program Files\lavasoft\ad-aware\ad-aware.exe
MD5:e7cb8d2c3790631ce2628cf400d59237
Ad-Aware GUI is part of Ad-Aware, an anti-spyware and anti-virus program developed by Lavasoft that detects and removes malware, spyware and adware on a user's computer. According to Lavasoft, Ad-Aware detects spyware, computer viruses,...
Additional files:
  • aawservice.exe - Ad-Aware Service Application
  • ad-awareadmin.exe - Ad-Aware Admin Application
  • ceapi.dll - CEAPI Dynamic Link Library
  • aawtray.exe - Ad-Aware Tray Application
  • lavamessage.dll - Lavasoft LavaMessage (Messaging system for client notification delivery)
  • lavalicense.dll - LavaLicense Desktop (License solution (desktop edition))
  • resources.dll - Ad-Aware Resources (Resource DLL)
  • resources_64.dll
  • shellext.dll - Shell Extension
  • unrar.dll (by Alexander Roshal) - RAR decompression library
  • privacyclean.dll
  • rpapi.dll
  • updatemanager.dll
  • viprebridge.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • shellext.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'LavasoftShellExt' with a class of {DCE027F7-16A4-4BEE-9BE7-74F80EE3738F}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ad-awareadmin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Ad-Aware Update (Weekly)' (runs weekly on Sundays at 10:09 PM).
  • ad-aware.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5AB21647-39E4-480B-A59A-3962F6CBF13C}' (runs on registration).
Service
  • aawservice.exe runs as a service named 'Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service' (Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service) "Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • aawtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Ad-Watch' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe.
Network connections
  • aawservice.exe connects to 70.38.25.71 (port 80).
  • aawservice.exe connects to 70.38.25.72 (port 80).
  • aawservice.exe connects to ip-70-38-25-72.static.privatedns.com (70.38.25.72 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

ad-aware.exe
Memory:126.88 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0930060543%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.04833798%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.04466807%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:635.04 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7.72 KB
105.02 KB average
aawservice.exe
Memory:62.57 MB
Total CPU:0.0010460088%
Kernel CPU:0.00020540%
User CPU:0.00084061%
CPU cycles/sec:28,138,151
I/O reads/min:4.66 MB
I/O writes/min:10.21 KB
aawtray.exe
Memory:2.25 MB
Total CPU:0.0003704623%
Kernel CPU:0.00008937%
User CPU:0.00028109%
CPU cycles/sec:90,275
I/O reads/min:30.38 KB
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove Ad-Aware?

Quickly and completely remove Ad-Aware from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Ad-Aware 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Ad-Aware, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Ad-Aware.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Vista 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.57%
Windows Vista 16.89%
Windows XP 16.56%
Windows 8 1.88%
Windows Server 2003 0.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.06%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.22%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.07%
Windows 7 Professional 9.40%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.32% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.32%
  Germany 5.58%
  Canada 2.99%
  France 2.67%
  United Kingdom 2.59%
  Israel 2.51%
  Spain 1.54%
  Sweden 1.46%
  Italy 1.37%
  Australia 1.29%
  Japan 1.29%
  Belgium 1.05%
  Brazil 0.89%
  Netherlands 0.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.24%
Hewlett-Packard 23.90%
Acer 14.24%
GIGABYTE 10.02%
Toshiba 8.08%
ASUS 5.98%
Intel 2.99%
American Megatrends 1.76%
Samsung 1.58%
Gateway 1.41%
Lenovo 1.41%
Sahara 1.41%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.05%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.34%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.20%
HP G60 Notebook PC 3.20%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.49%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.14%

About Lavasoft

Lavasoft is a development company that produces anti-spyware software, most known for Ad-Aware.
Publisher URL: www.lavasoft.com

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