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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,804
United States Rank #4,540
Reach 0.0830%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.72 days
581.74 days >
Average installed length: 305.66 days


VersionDistribution 19.08% 4.24%

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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)

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + provides core protection against Internet threats. Featuring real-time anti-malware protection, advanced Genocode detection technology, rootkit protection, a scheduler, the product gives you the power to protect yourself online. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + is a complete malware protection that n...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 24% 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 92 files and is usually about 17.17 MB (18,003,499 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lavasoft.com
Help link: www.lavasoftsupport.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\{FE41BDC7-CD33-4350-8A15-26EFBE20A0FE}\Ad-Aware90Install.exe" REMOVE=TRUE MODIFY=FALSE
Estimated size: 17.17 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware

Program executable:Ad-Aware.exe
Name:Ad-Aware Application
Ad-Aware GUI
Path:C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware.exe
Additional files:
  • CEAPI.dll - CEAPI Dynamic Link Library (CEAPI Dynamic Link Library )
  • Ad-AwareAdmin.exe - Ad-Aware Admin Application (Ad-Aware Admin Application )
  • lavalicense.dll - LavaLicense Desktop (License solution (desktop edition) )
  • lavamessage.dll - Lavasoft LavaMessage (Messaging system for client notification delivery )
  • Resources.dll - Ad-Aware Resources (Resource DLL )
  • ShellExt.dll - Shell Extension (Shell Extension )
  • AWCCommunicatorDLL.dll - AWCCommunicator Dynamic Link Library
  • CookieBlocker.dll - CookieBlocker Dynamic Link Library
  • ProcessWatch.dll - ProcessWatch Dynamic Link Library
  • AWRegWatchDLL.dll - AWRegWatch Dynamic Link Library (Ad-Watch Real-Time Registry Protection)
  • AAWService.exe - Ad-Aware Service Application
  • aawapi.dll - aawapi Dynamic Link Library (Lavasoft Ad-Aware public API DLL)
  • AWCoreComm.dll - Ad-Watch Core Communicator (Ad-Watch Real-Time CoreEngine Communicator)
  • tpactivate.exe - Lavasoft TrialPay Activate
  • AAWTray.exe - Ad-Aware Tray Application
  • AWProcessWatch.dll - Ad-Watch Process Watch (Ad-Watch Real-Time Process Protection)
  • threatwork.exe - ThreatWork Application
  • Ad-Aware.exe - Ad-Aware Application (Ad-Aware GUI)
  • Resources_64.dll - Ad-Aware Resources (Resource DLL)
  • ShellExt_64.dll - Shell Extension
  • lsupdatemanager.exe - Update Manager
  • upmanager.dll
  • AAWLic.exe - Ad-Aware (AAWLic)
  • Ad-Watch.exe - Ad-Watch
  • HostFileEditor.exe - HostsFileEditor
  • ProcessWatch.exe - ProcessWatch
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer.exe - Download Guard for Internet Explorer Installer
  • savapibridge.dll - savapibr Dynamic Link Library
  • unrar.dll (by Alexander Roshal) - RAR decompression library
  • Ad-AwareCommand.exe
  • AutoLaunch.exe
  • lsdelete.exe
  • PrivacyClean.dll
  • RPAPI.dll
  • UpdateManager.dll
  • VipreBridge.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • ShellExt_64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'LavasoftShellExt' with a class of {DCE027F7-16A4-4BEE-9BE7-74F80EE3738F}.
  • ShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'LavasoftShellExt' with a class of {DCE027F7-16A4-4BEE-9BE7-74F80EE3738F}.
3 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 Update (Weekly)' (runs weekly on Thursdays at 23:35).
  • Ad-Watch.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D3D44AB7-1268-4469-8E12-076F12331B25}' (runs on registration).
  • AAWService.exe runs as a service named 'Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service' (Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service) "Ad-Aware Service".
2 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • Ad-Aware.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Ad-Watch Live!' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware.exe.
  • AutoLaunch.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'AutoLaunch' which loads as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AutoLaunch.exe monthly.
2 Startup Files (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.
  • Ad-Watch.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\Ad-Watch.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).
  • AAWService.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:61.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0155226210%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01233494%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00318768%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.74 MB
Total CPU:0.0000420715%
Kernel CPU:0.00002805%
User CPU:0.00001402%
CPU cycles/sec:1,373
I/O reads/min:24 Bytes
Memory:1.81 MB
Total CPU:0.0208939884%
Kernel CPU:0.00658819%
User CPU:0.01430579%

How do I remove Ad-Aware?

Quickly and completely remove Ad-Aware from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (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) 39%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 43.59%
Windows XP 26.24%
Windows Vista 25.31%
Windows 10 4.79%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.28%
Microsoft Windows XP 25.95%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 21.15%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.78%
Windows 7 Professional 4.92%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.23%
  France 4.80%
  Germany 4.52%
  Canada 3.90%
  United Kingdom 3.71%
  Italy 2.95%
  Israel 2.66%
  Sweden 2.05%
  Australia 1.71%
  Spain 1.57%
  Netherlands 1.47%
  Belgium 1.38%
  Poland 0.81%
  Brazil 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.19%
Dell 26.98%
Acer 12.92%
Toshiba 10.42%
Intel 4.58%
American Megatrends 4.48%
ASUS 3.02%
Sahara 2.60%
Lenovo 1.04%
Samsung 0.94%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.47%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.39%
HP G60 Notebook PC 3.13%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.86%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.34%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.08%

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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