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What is Ad-Aware.exe?

Ad-Aware.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if Ad-Aware.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Ad-Aware.exe file information

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 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 Add\Remove programs applet. Ad-Aware.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs, connect to the Internet and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however also read the users 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).

Recommended: Identify Ad-Aware.exe related errors

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 inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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

  • "Adaware Bootup" is not required to run at start up. Ad-aware from Lavasoft. Checks your PC for "Spyware" which reports back your internet activities to "base". Available via Start -> Programs
  • "Lavasoft Ad-Aware" definitely not required. Added by the RBOT-SO WORM! Note - this is not the popular Ad-aware spware/adware removal tool

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.


User Comments

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

Rating chart

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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