Ad-Aware Ad-Aware



A way to uninstall Ad-Aware from your computer

This web page contains thorough information on how to uninstall Ad-Aware for Windows. It was developed for Windows by Lavasoft. Go over here for more information on Lavasoft. Ad-Aware is usually installed in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware folder, however this location may vary a lot depending on the user's option while installing the application. The full command line for removing Ad-Aware is C:\ProgramData\{CFBD8779-FAAB-4357-84F2-1EC8619FADA6}\Ad-AwareInstallation.exe. Keep in mind that if you will type this command in Start / Run Note you might get a notification for administrator rights. Ad-Aware.exe is the programs's main file and it takes circa 1.57 MB (1643272 bytes) on disk.

Ad-Aware installs the following the executables on your PC, taking about 14.03 MB (14707488 bytes) on disk.



  • AAWService.exe (1.13 MB)
  • AAWTray.exe (770.89 KB)
  • AAWWSC.exe (691.12 KB)
  • Ad-Aware.exe (1.57 MB)
  • Ad-AwareAdmin.exe (804.62 KB)
  • Ad-AwareCommand.exe (797.64 KB)
  • AutoLaunch.exe (726.16 KB)
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer.exe (1.73 MB)
  • lsdelete.exe (15.51 KB)
  • threatwork.exe (841.84 KB)
  • AAWDriverTool.exe (147.35 KB)
  • AAWDriverTool.exe (385.85 KB)
  • AutoStart Manager.exe (432.84 KB)
  • HostFileEditor.exe (2.17 MB)
  • ProcessWatch.exe (1.95 MB)
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The current page applies to Ad-Aware version 8.1 only. You can find below a few links to other Ad-Aware versions:

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Ad-Aware has the habit of leaving behind some leftovers.

You should delete the folders below after you uninstall Ad-Aware:
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware

Usually, the following files remain on disk:
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawapi.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWWSC.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware_manual_DE.chm
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware_manual_EN.chm
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware_manual_FR.chm
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-Aware_manual_JA.chm
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-AwareAdmin.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Ad-AwareCommand.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aebb.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aecore.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aeemu.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aegen.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aehelp.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aeheur.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aeoffice.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aepack.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aerdl.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aescn.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aescript.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aeset.dat
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aevdf.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\CEAPI.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\dbghelp.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Download Guard for Internet Explorer.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\32\AAWDriverTool.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\32\DIFxAPI.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\32\lbd.cat
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\32\lbd.inf
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\32\lbd.sys
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\64\AAWDriverTool.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\64\DIFxAPI.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\64\lbd.cat
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\64\lbd.inf
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Drivers\64\lbd.sys
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\GenoType.ows
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\hbedv.key
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_de-DE.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_en-US.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_es-ES.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_fr-FR.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_it-IT.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_ja-JP.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_nl-NL.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_pt-PT.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_zh-CN.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\resource_zh-TW.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Languages\ResourceAdmin.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\lavalicense.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\lavamessage.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Lavasoft Homepage.url
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\lsdelete.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\msvcp71.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\msvcr71.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Neutralize.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\PrivacyClean.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Rebrand.dat
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\aa11.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\aa14.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\Carbon.eGL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\Default.eGL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\Gold.eGL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\Orange.eGL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\Sedona.eGL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa11.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa11b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa12.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa12b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa14b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wa14i.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt12.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt12b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt16b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt16bi.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt20b.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources\wt20bi.efp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Resources_64.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\RPAPI.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\savapi3.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Savapibridge.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ShellExt.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ShellExt_64.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\threatwork.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\AutoStart Manager.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Settings.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Skins\grey\gbottompic.bmp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Skins\grey\gbottompicp.bmp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Skins\grey\gtoppic.bmp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Skins\grey\gtoppicp.bmp
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Skins\grey\skin.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\SO.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\de.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\en.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\es.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\fr.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\it.xml
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\ToolBox\AutoStart Manager\Translations\ja.xml

Usually 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
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service

Additional values that you should remove:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache\C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-aware\lavalicense.exe.FriendlyAppName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\B0B35DEDC76B4424EAA66DDFC3821DFE\ProductName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service\Description
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service\DisplayName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Lbd\Description




How to remove Ad-Aware using Advanced Uninstaller PRO

Ad-Aware is a program by Lavasoft. Sometimes, people try to erase this program. This is efortful because removing this by hand takes some skill related to removing Windows applications by hand. One of the best QUICK action to erase Ad-Aware is to use Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Here is how to do this:

1. If you don't have Advanced Uninstaller PRO already installed on your system, add it. This is good because Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a very efficient uninstaller and all around tool to optimize your system.

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2. Run Advanced Uninstaller PRO. It's recommended to take your time to admire Advanced Uninstaller PRO's design and number of functions available. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a powerful package of utilities.

3. Click on the General Tools category
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4. Press the Uninstall Programs button
Go to Uninstall Programs


5. All the programs installed on your PC will be made available to you

6. Scroll the list of programs until you locate Ad-Aware or simply click the Search field and type in "Ad-Aware". If it is installed on your PC the Ad-Aware application will be found very quickly. After you select Ad-Aware in the list of programs, some information regarding the application is made available to you:


  • Star rating (in the left lower corner). This explains the opinion other people have regarding Ad-Aware, from "Highly recommended" to "Very dangerous".
  • Reviews by other people - Click on the Read reviews button.
  • Details regarding the app you are about to uninstall, by pressing the Properties button.
7. Press the Uninstall button. A confirmation page will come up. Confirm the uninstall by pressing the Uninstall button. Advanced Uninstaller PRO will then uninstall Ad-Aware.
Uninstall Ad-Aware


8. After removing Ad-Aware, Advanced Uninstaller PRO will offer to run a cleanup. Press Next to start the cleanup. All the items that belong Ad-Aware that have been left behind will be found and you will be able to delete them. By removing Ad-Aware using Advanced Uninstaller PRO, you are assured that no Windows registry entries, files or folders are left behind on your PC.

Your Windows computer will remain clean, speedy and able to take on new tasks.

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Geographical user distribution

  • Windows 7 (6.1)
  • Windows XP (5.1)
  • 10.0
  • Windows 8.1 (6.3)
  • Windows 8 (6.2)
  • Windows Vista (6.0)
  • Windows Server 2003 (5.2)
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Disclaimer

This page is not a piece of advice to uninstall Ad-Aware by Lavasoft from your PC, we are not saying that Ad-Aware by Lavasoft is not a good software application. This text simply contains detailed instructions on how to uninstall Ad-Aware supposing you want to. Here you can find registry and disk entries that other software left behind and Advanced Uninstaller PRO discovered and classified as "leftovers" on other users' computers.

2016-06-23 / Written by Dan Armano for Advanced Uninstaller PRO

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Last update on: 2016-06-23 12:49:37.673