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Should I remove Ad-Aware Security Add-on?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
53% remove it47% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,762
United States Rank #1,979
Reach 0.2185%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 34.20 days
1009.02 days >
Average installed length: 530.17 days


VersionDistribution 2.07% 5.23% 6.85% 3.23% 0.02% 5.90% 2.16% 3.23% 1.44% 1.83% 9.24% 2.86% 8.31% 4.64% 27.59% 7.78% 3.95% 3.65% 0.02%

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Ad-Aware Security Add-on

What is Ad-Aware Security Add-on?

The Ad-Aware Security Add-on add-in is a Visicom branded toolbar that may change the default search and home page URLs of the user's web browsers during installation if the user elects to do so. The program may modify the web browser settings for DNS error pages, error 404 page, the address bar search and the default search provider.

About  (from Lavasoft)

With Ad-Aware Security Toolbar installed, your browser will be upgraded with a website safety rating advisor. This safety rating icon alerts you of potentially risky sites that may harm your computer as you're surfing, banking, downloading or playing online. Ad-Aware Security Toolbar protects you while you browse the w...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is adawareDx.dll. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 3.48 MB (3,653,560 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Ad-Aware Security Add-on.
adawareDx.dll (22b0c15983bd30a9f93042477cf95c66) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.Visicom
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.246
ESET-NOD32 8.10756 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Visicom.B
K7 AntiVirus 13.185.14085 Trojan
K7GW 13.185.14086 Trojan ( 004a85e91 )
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Generic.dbxkmk
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
Zillya Adware.Agent.Win32.12681
dtUser.exe (23c790811a27a73afcc6d66b8fc4f8e1) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Toolbar.Visicom!
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.283
ESET-NOD32 11451 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Visicom.C potentially unwanted
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
       View all 13 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: toolbar.lavasoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adawaretb
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\adawaretb\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.48 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware Security Add-on

Program module:adawareDx.dll
Name:Ad-Aware Security Add-on
Ad-Aware Security Add-on Link Library
Signed by:Lavasoft Limited
Path:C:\Program Files\adawaretb\adawareDx.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - Ad-Aware Security Add-on (Ad-Aware Security Add-on Uninstaller)
  • ffHelper.exe (by Visicom Media) - ffHelper Application (Helper Application for IE)
  • (Malware detected) dtUser.exe (by Visicom Media) - DtUser
  • adawareDx.dll - Ad-Aware Security Add-on Link Library
  • adawaretb.dll (by Visicom Media Inc)
  • ieUtils.exe - ieUtils (ieUtils for Dynamic Toolbars)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • adawareDx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ad-Aware Security Add-on' with the class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • adawareDx.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ad-Aware Security Add-on' with the class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • adawareDx.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Ad-Aware Security Add-on' with a class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • dtUser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\iwingamestoolbar\dtuser.exe'.

How do I remove Ad-Aware Security Add-on?

You can uninstall Ad-Aware Security Add-on 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 Security Add-on, 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 Security Add-on.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Ad-Aware Security Add-on you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 8.1 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.70%
Windows 10 15.51%
Windows XP 9.43%
Windows Vista 9.34%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.69%
Windows 7 Professional 9.87%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.26%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.28%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.53%
Windows 8.1 5.82%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.88%
  Germany 4.62%
  United Kingdom 4.33%
  Canada 3.25%
  Australia 1.94%
  Sweden 1.89%
  Israel 1.42%
  Italy 1.35%
  France 1.30%
  Netherlands 1.16%
  Belgium 1.11%
  Spain 0.71%
  Brazil 0.54%
  Finland 0.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.67%
Dell 25.39%
Acer 15.20%
Toshiba 9.13%
ASUS 7.20%
Intel 2.94%
Lenovo 1.89%
Samsung 1.09%
American Megatrends 1.09%
Sahara 0.72%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.00%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.17%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.98%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.88%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.57%
Dell XPS 8300 2.47%

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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