What does the AAWService.exe file do?
The AAWService.exe process is also known as Ad-Aware Service Application and is a part of Ad-Aware (Version 2007 Service). This software is produced by Lavasoft (www.lavasoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of AAWService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Ad-Aware service Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Ad-Aware service Application has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AAWService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module AAWService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about AAWService.exe Ad-Aware service Application
AAWService.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. AAWService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,152,152 bytes (30% of all these files), 2,152,720 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
This AAWService program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The AAWService file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The AAWService file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. AAWService.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 32% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves AAWService.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about AAWService?
|The best Anti-Spyware of Lavasoft |
|Latest Adaware release, harmless but useful |
|Spyware Remover |
|It hepls to find spyware!-Very good to have |
|Im pretty sure its ad aware a lavasoft software for anti-adware |
Summary: 9 users judge AAWService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted AAWService.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Ad-Aware
To remove Ad-Aware service Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Ad-Aware in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if AAWService.exe (Ad-Aware service Application) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Ad-Aware service Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Ad-Aware service Application or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or AAWService.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.