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11% remove it89% keep it
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VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Ad-Aware Total Security

What is Ad-Aware Total Security?  (from Lavasoft)

Our most comprehensive line of defense, Ad-Aware Total Security provides multiple layers of protection for complete PC security, including antivirus and anti-spyware, firewall, anti-phishing, email protection, parental control and more, as well as a complete set of data security features like file encryption and digita...  Read more


Ad-Aware Total Security is a program developed by Lavasoft. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 50 files and is usually about 156.02 MB (163,593,829 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 91% of users of Ad-Aware Total Security come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and YE.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_total_security.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware Total Security\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{0A003011-002C-446B-AF91-D6C13C0E08FE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 156.02 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware Total Security

  • GDFirewallTray.exe - Ad-Aware Personal Firewall
  • GDFwAdmin.exe
  • GDFwSvc.exe
  • GDFwSvcx64.exe
  • ASK.exe - Ad-Aware Total Security (Ad-Aware AntiSpam UI)
  • AVK.dll - G Data InternetSecurity (Ad-Aware Total Security UI)
  • AVK.exe - Ad-Aware AntiVirus
  • AVKService.exe
  • AVKTray.exe
  • AVKTuner.exe - Ad-Aware Tuner UI
  • AVKTunerObj.dll - Ad-Aware Tuner Scanner Object
  • AVKTunerResources.dll - Ad-Aware Tuner Languagepack
  • AVKTunerService.exe - Ad-Aware Tuner Service
  • AVKWCtl.exe - Ad-Aware Filesystem Monitor Service
  • AVKWCtlX64.exe
  • GDGadgetInst32.exe - Ad-Aware Gadget Installer
  • LavaSkin.dll - Lavasoft Skin
  • LavaSkin64.dll
  • GDSC.exe - Lavasoft AB
  • ASK.dll (by G Data Software AG) - G Data AntiSpam UI
  • AVKRes.dll (by G Data Software AG) - G Data Common Resources
  • AVKScanJobC.dll - G Data Security Software (G Data AntiVirus Scan Job)
  • AVKTuner.dll - G Data TotalCare (G Data Tuner)
  • avkwsc.dll - G Data WSC Helper
  • avkwsc64.dll
  • avkwscpe.exe
  • BootCDWizard.exe
  • CYGWIN1.DLL (by Red Hat) - Cygwin (Cygwin® POSIX Emulation DLL)
  • FFCacheTool.exe (by G DATA Software AG) - G DATA Firefox Cache Tool
  • GDASpam.dll - G Data Anti Spam Module
  • GDcf.dll - G Data Mail Content Filter
  • GDFwAdmin.dll
  • IConn.dll - G Data Internet Update Helper
  • IConn64.dll
  • InitInst.exe (by G DATA Software AG) - G DATA Personal Firewall (InitInst)
  • InitInstx64.exe
  • MiniIcpt2.dll - MiniInterceptor Stub
  • MiniIcpt2X64.dll
  • mkisofs.exe
  • PktIcpt.dll - Packet Interceptor Stub
  • PktIcpt2.dll - Packet Interceptor Stub v2
  • PktIcpt2x64.dll
  • PktIcptX64.dll
  • Reisswlf.dll
  • ScanObjectBrowserW.dll - ScanObjectBrowser Module
  • ShellExt.dll
  • ShellExt64.dll
  • SqLiteGDx64.dll - SqLite3 Dynamic Link Library
  • SysIcpt.dll - SysHook Stub
  • SysIcptx64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ShellExt64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'AVK9CM' with a class of {CAF4C320-32F5-11D3-A222-004095200FF2}.
4 Services
  • AVKTunerService.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Aware Tuner Service' (GDTunerSvc) "Optimizes the system and removes known errors.".
  • GDFwSvcx64.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Aware Personal Firewall' (GDFwSvc) "Protects you from Internet attacks".
  • AVKWCtlX64.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Aware Filesystem Monitor' (AVKWCtl) "AntiVirusKit Realtime Protection for Filesystems".
  • AVKService.exe runs as a service named 'Ad-Aware Scheduler' (AVKService) "Provides the scheduler for Ad-Aware Total Security.".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • GDFirewallTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'GDFirewallTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware Total Security\Firewall\GDFirewallTray.exe.
  • AVKTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'G Data AntiVirus Tray Application' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware Total Security\AVKTray\AVKTray.exe.

How do I remove Ad-Aware Total Security?

Quickly and completely remove Ad-Aware Total Security 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 Total Security 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 Total Security, 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 Total Security.

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 8 13%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows XP 12.50%
Windows 8 12.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 62.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.50%
Windows 7 Professional 12.50%
Windows 8 Pro 12.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.91%
  Canada 4.55%
  YE 4.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 33.33%
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 16.67%
ASUS 16.67%
Common models
LENOVO 4401A15 12.50%
LENOVO 3443CTO 12.50%
HP-Pavilion AY018AA-ABA p... 12.50%
HP G71 Notebook PC 12.50%
ECS GF7100/7050PVT-M3 12.50%

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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