What is AAWTray.exe?

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 AAWTray.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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AAWTray.exe file information

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

The process known as Ad-Aware Tray Application or AAWTray Application belongs to software Ad-Aware (version 2007) or Ad-Aware Tray Application by Lavasoft ( or Lavasoft AB (

Description: AAWTray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AAWTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 520,024 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 509,784 bytes and 17 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Ad-Aware or Ad-Aware 2007 come up, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) get help from the software vendor Lavasoft
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AAWTray.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AAWTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AAWTray.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

AAWTray.exe - Lavasoft Tray for Ad-Aware. Based on the Lavasoft support forum, this application is only needed for Plus or Pro version of Ad-Aware. It appears that his process is not required for the free versions of Ad-Aware. It has been reported that this process has been removed from and later versions of Ad-Aware free.
  Elena   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of AAWTray.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving AAWTray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AAWTray. 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 AAWTray.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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