What is aawservice.exe?

When looking at the processes section of your task manager in Windows XP you may see the SYSTEM service running named aawservice.exe. This service is installed by software from Lavasoft USA named Ad-Aware. It installs and is set to start it’s self automatically when booting up your PC. If you run the free version of Ad-Aware then it is safe to disable this service so that it does not waste your system’s resources. However, if you are running a paid version of Ad-Aware then it is wise to just leave this service alone as it is responsible for real-time protection of your PC. Lets take a look at how to disable this service.

How to remove aawservice.exe

If you have decided that you do not need the aawservice.exe service to run then removal is simple.

Right click on “My Computer” and click Manage. Once there you will see the management console on your PC. Once here, navigate to the Services option on the left hand side of the window.

Once loaded you will see a list of services running in the right hand pane. Locate the Ad-Aware service (named Ad-Aware 2007 Service in my case).


Right click on that service and click properties to reveal the menu below. What you need to do here is click the Stop button after which the text above the stop box will say “Service status: Stopped”. Once stopped you can select Manual from the “Startup type” option. Once set to Manual then click OK and close out the management console.


The reason we choose Manual for the Startup type is because the service needs to be started when you want to perform a scan with Ad-Aware. Once that scan has finished you can then stop the service again.