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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 #6,538
United States Rank #4,767
Reach 0.0677%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 41.77 days
1232.25 days >
Average installed length: 647.45 days


9.6.0 26.37%
9.5.0 34.91%
9.0.7 23.90%
9.0.6 9.74%
9.0.1 5.09%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Lavasoft


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


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 38 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
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
  • lbd.sys - Ad-Aware (Boot Driver)
  • 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-aware.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D727F924-CDD5-4765-966C-CC70B3BCCD5B}' (runs on registration).
  • ad-awareadmin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Ad-Aware Scan (Analyse planifie)' (runs daily at 22:39).
  • 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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 Ad-Aware.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
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 63.65%
Windows Vista 17.35%
Windows XP 13.69%
Windows 10 5.24%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.95%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.59%
Windows 7 Professional 8.84%
Windows 10 Home 2.27%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.46%
  Germany 5.09%
  France 3.81%
  Canada 3.32%
  United Kingdom 3.10%
  Italy 1.93%
  Sweden 1.77%
  Israel 1.77%
  Australia 1.49%
  Spain 1.49%
  Belgium 1.22%
  Netherlands 1.05%
  Japan 0.88%
  Poland 0.77%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.45%
Hewlett-Packard 24.91%
Acer 15.11%
Toshiba 8.71%
ASUS 5.56%
Intel 2.54%
American Megatrends 1.57%
Samsung 1.57%
Gateway 1.33%
Lenovo 1.21%
Sahara 0.85%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.54%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.50%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.14%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.88%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.62%
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 2.09%

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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