Ad-Aware Ad-Aware

A way to uninstall Ad-Aware from your system

Ad-Aware is a software application. This page holds details on how to uninstall it from your computer. It was created for Windows by Lavasoft. You can read more on Lavasoft or check for application updates here. Ad-Aware is commonly set up in the C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware directory, however this location may vary a lot depending on the user's decision when installing the program. The full command line for uninstalling Ad-Aware is C:\ProgramData\{ECC164E0-3133-4C70-A831-F08DB2940F70}\Ad-AwareInstall.exe. Note that if you will type this command in Start / Run Note you might be prompted for administrator rights. Ad-Aware.exe is the Ad-Aware's main executable file and it occupies close to 1.44 MB (1512968 bytes) on disk.

The following executable files are incorporated in Ad-Aware. They occupy 14.14 MB (14822424 bytes) on disk.

  • AAWService.exe (1.29 MB)
  • AAWTray.exe (844.36 KB)
  • AAWWSC.exe (737.40 KB)
  • Ad-Aware.exe (1.44 MB)
  • Ad-AwareAdmin.exe (891.63 KB)
  • Ad-AwareCommand.exe (887.66 KB)
  • AutoLaunch.exe (244.87 KB)
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer.exe (1.77 MB)
  • LavasoftGCHelper.exe (144.00 KB)
  • lsdelete.exe (15.51 KB)
  • threatwork.exe (891.12 KB)
  • AAWDriverTool.exe (147.35 KB)
  • AAWDriverTool.exe (385.85 KB)
  • AutoStart Manager.exe (462.13 KB)
  • HostFileEditor.exe (2.17 MB)
  • ProcessWatch.exe (1.94 MB) to view all...

The current page applies to Ad-Aware version 8.3 alone. You can find here a few links to other Ad-Aware versions: to view all...
After the uninstall process, the application leaves some files behind on the PC. Some of these are shown below.

The files below are left behind on your disk by Ad-Aware's application uninstaller when you removed it:
  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\Ad-Aware Game Edition.mtx
  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\Ad-Aware.mtx
  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\Norman Ad-Aware.mtx
  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\Preventon Ad-aware.mtx
  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Ad-Aware.lnk
  • C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Ad-Aware.lnk

Generally the following registry data will not be removed:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\B0B35DEDC76B4424EAA66DDFC3821DFE
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ad-Aware

Use regedit.exe to remove the following additional registry values from the Windows Registry:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\B0B35DEDC76B4424EAA66DDFC3821DFE\ProductName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lbd\Description

A way to uninstall Ad-Aware with the help of Advanced Uninstaller PRO

Ad-Aware is a program by the software company Lavasoft. Sometimes, users want to erase it. This can be efortful because removing this manually requires some know-how related to Windows program uninstallation. The best EASY way to erase Ad-Aware is to use Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Here are some detailed instructions about how to do this:

1. If you don't have Advanced Uninstaller PRO on your Windows PC, add it. This is good because Advanced Uninstaller PRO is one of the best uninstaller and general tool to take care of your Windows PC.


2. Start Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Take your time to get familiar with Advanced Uninstaller PRO's design and number of functions available. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a powerful package of utilities.

3. Press the General Tools category
Go to General Tools

4. Press the Uninstall Programs feature
Go to Uninstall Programs

5. A list of the programs installed on your PC will be shown to you

6. Scroll the list of programs until you locate Ad-Aware or simply click the Search field and type in "Ad-Aware". The Ad-Aware application will be found automatically. After you click Ad-Aware in the list , some information about the application is available to you:

  • Safety rating (in the lower left corner). The star rating tells you the opinion other people have about Ad-Aware, ranging from "Highly recommended" to "Very dangerous".
  • Reviews by other people - Press the Read reviews button.
  • Technical information about the application you want to remove, by pressing the Properties button.
7. Press the Uninstall button. A confirmation dialog will come up. Confirm the removal by pressing the Uninstall button. Advanced Uninstaller PRO will then remove Ad-Aware.
Uninstall Ad-Aware

8. After removing Ad-Aware, Advanced Uninstaller PRO will ask you to run a cleanup. Click Next to perform the cleanup. All the items that belong Ad-Aware that have been left behind will be detected and you will be able to delete them. By uninstalling Ad-Aware with Advanced Uninstaller PRO, you can be sure that no registry items, files or folders are left behind on your disk.

Your computer will remain clean, speedy and able to run without errors or problems.


Geographical user distribution

  • Windows XP (5.1)
  • Windows 8.1 (6.3)
  • Windows 8 (6.2)
  • Windows 7 (6.1)
  • Windows Vista (6.0)
  • 10.0
  • Windows (6.4)
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The text above is not a recommendation to remove Ad-Aware by Lavasoft from your computer, nor are we saying that Ad-Aware by Lavasoft is not a good application for your PC. This page simply contains detailed info on how to remove Ad-Aware supposing you want to. Here you can find registry and disk entries that our application Advanced Uninstaller PRO discovered and classified as "leftovers" on other users' PCs.

2016-06-25 / Written by Daniel Statescu for Advanced Uninstaller PRO

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Last update on: 2016-06-25 17:19:18.997