What is AdAwareService.exe?

The genuine AdAwareService.exe file is a software component of AdAwareService by Lavasoft.
AdAwareService.exe is an integral process which belongs to Ad-Aware, an antivirus program. It is not a core Windows process and should be removed if suspected of causing problems. Ad Aware was first developed by Lavasoft in 1999 to block web beacons (image files used to keep track of user navigation through particular websites). Gradually, Ad Aware shifted towards fighting viruses, spyware and malware, and other problems. This executable file is part of Ad Aware's antivirus program. It is not essential for Windows. Lavasoft is a company that develops software. Established in Germany in 1999, it is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Company was acquired in January 2011 by the Solaria Fund. It was soon discovered that the Fund was a run by entrepreneurs, Daniel Assouline and Michael Dadoun, previously accused of selling software that is available for free.

AdAwareService stands for AdAware Antivirus 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 AdAwareService.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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AdAwareService.exe file information

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

The process known as adaware service or Ad-Aware Antivirus Service belongs to software adaware antivirus or Lavasoft Ad-Aware Antivirus by Lavasoft ( or adaware.

Description: AdAwareService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AdAwareService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,236,336 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 712,432 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with AdAwareService.exe, you can also contact [1][2] to assist you or uninstall AdAwareService or AdAwareInstaller software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdAwareService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AdAwareService.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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Best practices for resolving AdAwareService issues

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