25,395,842 programs installed

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 #3,550
United States Rank #2,295
Reach 0.2142%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 559.90 days
1316.05 days >
Average installed length: 691.48 days


9.6.0 27.07%
9.5.0 37.14%
9.0.7 22.72%
9.0.6 8.57%
9.0.1 4.49%

Typically installed together


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)

Leaner, meaner, faster. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines our legendary Anti-spyware with a super fast, free Antivirus. It now features download protection (blocks malicious files before being written to disk), sandboxing (keeps unknown apps running in a virtual environment) and advanced detection - it's our most power...  Read more
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Adds a Windows Service

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
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 Scan (Sched1)' (Next runs on 01/01/0001 at 00:00).
  • ad-aware.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5AB21647-39E4-480B-A59A-3962F6CBF13C}' (runs on registration).
  • 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 (port 80).
  • aawservice.exe connects to (port 80).
  • aawservice.exe connects to ip-70-38-25-72.static.privatedns.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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
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
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.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.18%
Windows Vista 17.23%
Windows XP 16.96%
Windows 8 1.49%
Windows Server 2003 0.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.03%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.94%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.62%
Windows 7 Professional 9.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.43%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

67.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 67.64%
  Germany 6.01%
  Canada 2.62%
  United Kingdom 2.52%
  France 2.13%
  Israel 1.94%
  Spain 1.55%
  Australia 1.26%
  Sweden 1.16%
  Japan 1.16%
  Italy 1.16%
  Belgium 0.87%
  Netherlands 0.87%
  Hungary 0.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.51%
Dell 19.43%
Acer 14.76%
Toshiba 8.28%
ASUS 6.93%
American Megatrends 3.31%
Intel 2.86%
Sony 2.56%
Lenovo 2.26%
Gateway 2.11%
Samsung 1.36%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.58%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.09%
HP G60 Notebook PC 1.45%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.13%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.13%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 0.97%

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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