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What is Ad-Aware.exe?

The genuine Ad-Aware.exe file is a software component of Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE/Ad-Aware SE Professional by Lavasoft Sweden. Ad-Aware manages interface features for its spyware/adware scanner. The program, developed by Lavasoft allso provides a utility to remove spyware and adware.

Ad-Aware stands for Ad-Aware SE Core application

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 Ad-Aware.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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Ad-Aware.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Ad-Aware
Ad-Aware.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Ad-Aware SE Core application or Ad-aware (version 6 core application) belongs to software Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE or Ad-Aware SE Professional or Lavasoft Ad-aware Professional by Lavasoft Sweden (www.lavasoftusa.com).

Description: Ad-Aware.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ad-Aware.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 824,832 bytes (67% of all occurrences), 865,280 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/ad-aware.exe.html 
Ad-Aware.exe is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Ad-Aware.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In case of problems with Ad-Aware.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Ad-Aware SE Personal or Ad-Aware SE Professional).

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If Ad-Aware.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 824,832 bytes. User opinion: not dangerous The program has no visible window. Ad-Aware.exe is not a Windows core file. Ad-Aware.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

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User Comments

Keeps the computer Ad-clean
   
Adaware Spyware remover
  Jason  
Commercial Anti-Spyware Program.
  Ben!   (further information)
downloads ad's that CANT BE deleted.
  Ahlam  
Get's rid of spyware and Ads, does not download anything harmfull !
  Ryan  
Great program. Found problems missed by others.
  Chuck  
Awesome programm
   
Ad-Aware: an exellent antispyware program 100% clean
   

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Summary: Average user rating of Ad-Aware.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 9 users think Ad-Aware.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Ad-Aware.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.


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Best practices for resolving Ad-Aware issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Ad-Aware. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Ad-Aware.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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