What is AAMW_Service.exe?

The genuine AAMW_Service.exe file is a software component of Ashampoo Anti-Malware by Ashampoo.
AAMW_Service.exe is an executable file that is part of Ashampoo Anti-Malware, a security program that protects systems from malicious programs. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Ashampoo Anti-Malware is a security solution built on the Windows platform that protects data from external threats and blocks viruses, trojans, worms, malware, rootkits, bots, spyware and adware with minimal use of system resources. The program also features multi-user support, whitelisting, self-protection, scheduled scanning, and more. The program has since been replaced by Ashampoo Anti-Virus. Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG is a German company that designs, develops and distributes software products for the Windows operating system. The company is well known for its flagship product, Ashampoo WinOptimizer, as well as the burning program, Ashampoo Burning Studio, photo editing software, Ashampoo Photo Commander, and the screen capture program, Ashampoo Snap. The company was founded in 1999 by Rolf Hilchner and is currently based in Oldenburg, Germany.

AAMW_Service stands for Ashampoo Anti-Malware Service

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AAMW_Service.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AAMW_Service.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AAMW_Service
AAMW_Service.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Ashampoo Anti-Malware Service belongs to software Ashampoo Anti-Malware or Ashampoo Anti-Malware v by ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG ( or Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG (

Description: AAMW_Service.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AAMW_Service.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,309,528 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 1,313,184 bytes or 1,488,728 bytes. 
The AAMW_Service.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The AAMW_Service.exe file is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. AAMW_Service.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with AAMW_Service.exe, you can also completely remove Ashampoo Anti-Malware v. or Ashampoo Anti-Malware (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), consult Ashampoo’s Customer Service or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AAMW_Service.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AAMW_Service.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AAMW_Service.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

high memeory usage reported by Norton insight, slows sys
  Rod Glaister  

Summary: Average user rating of AAMW_Service.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving AAMW_Service issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AAMW_Service. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AAMW_Service.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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