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Should I remove Ad-Aware Browsing Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
52% remove it48% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,058
United States Rank #2,366
Reach 0.1914%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.35 days
718.29 days >
Average installed length: 377.40 days


VersionDistribution 8.03% 19.78% 16.33% 13.36% 8.75% 3.23% 2.44% 0.53% 1.96% 0.16% 1.35% 24.07%

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Ad-Aware Browsing Protection

What is Ad-Aware Browsing Protection?

The Ad-Aware Browsing Protection add-in changes the default search and home page URLs of the user's web browsers. Installs a Visicom toolbar in your Web browser that collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to Visicom via applicationstat.com so they can suggest services or provide ads via the toolbar. Ad-Aware Browsing Protection will also modify the web browser settings for DNS error pages, error 404 page, the address bar search and the default search provider.

About  (from Lavasoft)

Ad-Aware Security Toolbar is a free security software developed by Lavasoft, the makers of Ad-Aware. Built specifically for browsing protection, Ad-Aware Security Toolbar is a free browser plug-in that gives you safety advice as you surf, shop, bank, download and play online. Ad-Aware Security Toolbar constantly checks...  Read more


The most common release is, 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. The primary executable is named adawarebp.exe. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 1.18 MB (1,234,830 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to the Internet
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: toolbar.lavasoft.com
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware Browsing Protection

Program executable:adawarebp.exe
Name:Ad-Aware Browsing Protection
Signed by:Lavasoft Limited
Path:C:\ProgramData\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\adawarebp.exe
Ad-Aware Browsing Protection 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,...
Additional files:
  • adawarebp.dll - Ad-Aware Browsing Protection
  • uninstall.exe - Ad-Aware Browsing Protection Uninstaller

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • adawarebp.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Ad-Aware Browsing Protection.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • adawarebp.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Ad-Aware Browsing Protection' which loads as "C:\ProgramData\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\adawarebp.exe".
Network connections
  • adawarebp.exe connects to (port 80).
  • adawarebp.exe connects to (port 80).
  • adawarebp.exe connects to (port 80).
  • adawarebp.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.59 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0094712884%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00610300%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00336828%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,820,237
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:464.38 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:4.18 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Ad-Aware Browsing Protection?

You can uninstall Ad-Aware Browsing Protection 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 Browsing Protection, 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 Browsing Protection.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 52%
Keep it 48%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.87%
Windows 10 11.08%
Windows Vista 10.15%
Windows XP 8.90%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.89%
Windows 7 Professional 10.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.86%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.71%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.23%
Windows 8.1 3.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.65%
  Germany 6.67%
  United Kingdom 4.28%
  Canada 3.88%
  France 2.16%
  Australia 1.84%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Sweden 1.72%
  Italy 1.70%
  Israel 1.24%
  Belgium 1.10%
  Spain 0.84%
  Brazil 0.74%
  Finland 0.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.89%
Hewlett-Packard 25.63%
Acer 15.71%
Toshiba 8.75%
ASUS 8.30%
Lenovo 2.46%
Intel 1.74%
American Megatrends 1.12%
Medion 1.12%
Samsung 1.03%
Sahara 0.80%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.27%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.83%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.02%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.90%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.90%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.41%

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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