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Should I remove Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #25,631
United States Rank #22,757
Reach 0.0066%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.48 days
161.52 days >
Average installed length: 84.86 days


VersionDistribution 87.79% 2.29% 3.05% 3.05% 3.05% 0.76%

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Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha

What is Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha?  (from Lavasoft)

Enjoy surfing the web without those annoying ads, pop-ups and video ads... This means that you can increase your online privacy and reduce the chance of being a victim of malware or scams.


Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha is a program developed by Lavasoft. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is AdBlockerIcon.exe. The software installer includes 26 files and is usually about 9.75 MB (10,228,200 bytes). updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 57% of users of Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Egypt.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lavasoft.com/products/adblocker.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware AdBlocker (Alpha)\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{A32384D1-2067-4E58-8AB3-54F52CF171BD}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha

Program executable:AdBlockerIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • LavasoftLSPInstaller64.exe - RegisterLSP
  • setup.exe - Ad-Aware AdBlocker (Alpha) (This installer database contains the logic and data required to install Ad-Aware AdBlocker (Alpha).)
  • updater.exe - updater © Lavasoft, c, 2013
  • LavasoftLSPInstaller.exe
  • LavasoftProxy.dll
  • LavasoftProxy.exe
  • LavasoftProxy64.dll
  • LavasoftCert.dll
  • AdBlocker.exe - AdBlocker
  • LavasoftProxyLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'PCProxyLib'.
  • freebl3.dll (by Mozilla Foundation) - Network Security Services (NSS freebl Library)
  • libnspr4.dll (by Mozilla Foundation) - Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR Library)
  • libplc4.dll - PLC Library
  • libplds4.dll - PLDS Library
  • nss3.dll - NSS Base Library
  • nssckbi.dll - NSS Builtin Trusted Root CAs
  • nssdbm3.dll - Legacy Database Driver
  • nssutil3.dll - NSS Utility Library
  • smime3.dll - NSS S/MIME Library
  • softokn3.dll - NSS PKCS #11 Library
  • ssl3.dll - NSS SSL Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • LavasoftProxy.exe runs as a service named 'LavasoftProxy' (LavasoftProxy) "Lavasoft service for supporting the Lavasoft Internet Companion family of apps such as AdBlocker".
Startup File (User Run)
  • AdBlocker.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Lavasoft AdBlock' and executes as C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware AdBlocker (Alpha)\AdBlocker.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:13.28 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002387970%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00014824%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009055%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:59,924,479
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3.91 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:27 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:65.49 MB
Total CPU:0.0001096949%
Kernel CPU:0.00010251%
User CPU:0.00000719%
CPU cycles/sec:85,764,534
I/O reads/min:1.98 MB
I/O writes/min:91.42 KB

How do I remove Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha?

You can uninstall Ad-Aware AdBlocker Alpha 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 AdBlocker (Alpha), 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 AdBlocker Alpha.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.91%
Windows 10 36.64%
Windows XP 7.63%
Windows Vista 3.82%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.85%
Windows 8.1 12.98%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.63%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 6.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.34%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.83% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.83%
  United Kingdom 8.63%
  Egypt 7.19%
  MA 4.32%
  Canada 4.32%
  Turkey 2.88%
  Sweden 1.44%
  Netherlands 1.44%
  Jordan 1.44%
  United Arab Emirates 1.44%
  TT 0.72%
  Brazil 0.72%
  TN 0.72%
  Taiwan 0.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 21.84%
Hewlett-Packard 21.84%
Acer 14.94%
Toshiba 8.05%
Lenovo 6.90%
ASUS 5.75%
Sony 3.45%
Intel 2.30%
Samsung 2.30%
American Megatrends 1.15%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.91%
Dell Dell System XPS 15... 1.94%
Gigabyte G41MT-ES2L 1.94%
LENOVO 10104 1.94%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 1.94%

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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