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Should I remove Ad-Aware SE Professional?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #29,731
United States Rank #46,141
Reach 0.0049%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.78 days
376.87 days >
Average installed length: 198.02 days


1.06 57.29%

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Ad-Aware SE Professional

What is Ad-Aware SE Professional?  (from Lavasoft)

Complete line-of-defense against the most extreme forms of malware and cyber threats, Ad-Aware Pro Security provides the most advanced anti-spyware and antivirus detection and threat blocking algorithms, complemented with a powerful two-way firewall, web filters against phishing attacks and real-time email protection.


Ad-Aware SE Professional is a software program developed by Lavasoft. 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 Ad-Aware.exe. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 7.31 MB (7,666,524 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows XP and Windows XP. While about 18% of users of Ad-Aware SE Professional come from the United States, it is also popular in Israel and Taiwan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lavasoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Professional
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\UNWISE.EXE C:\Program Files1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 7.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware SE Professional

Program executable:Ad-Aware.exe
Name:Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE
Ad-Aware SE Core application
Path:C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Professional\Ad-Aware.exe
Additional files:
  • Ad-Aware.exe - Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE (Ad-Aware SE Core application)
  • Ad-Watch.exe - Ad-Aware SE (Ad-Watch System Protector)
  • RegHance.exe - RegHance enhanced registry toolkit

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • Ad-Watch.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AWMON' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Professional\Ad-Watch.exe".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • Ad-Aware.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Ad-Aware' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Professional\Ad-Aware.exe" +c.
  • Ad-Watch.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AWMON' which loads as "C:\Program Files1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\Ad-Watch.exe".

How do I remove Ad-Aware SE Professional?

You can uninstall Ad-Aware SE Professional 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 SE Professional, 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 SE Professional.

Win XP 51%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 70.83%
Windows 7 14.58%
Windows Vista 9.38%
Windows 10 5.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 70.83%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.33%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.17%
Windows 7 Professional 3.13%
Windows 8 Pro 2.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.65%
  Israel 11.76%
  Taiwan 8.82%
  France 4.90%
  Spain 3.92%
  Brazil 2.94%
  Canada 2.94%
  United Kingdom 2.94%
  Hong Kong 2.94%
  Croatia 2.94%
  Italy 2.94%
  MA 2.94%
  Argentina 1.96%
  Belgium 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
American Megatrends 22.00%
Intel 14.00%
Dell 10.00%
Acer 10.00%
Compaq 6.00%
NEC 4.00%
Alienware 2.00%
Common models
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 4.48%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.99%
HP Compaq dc5100 SFF(PM21... 2.99%
VIA P4M266-8233 1.49%

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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