Fix Aawservice.exe High CPU Usage Issue

Aawservice.exe – File Information

The aawservice.exe file belongs to Ad-Aware 2007, which is an antispyware application.

By default, the aawservice.exe file is located in the subfolder of C:\Program Files. The most common size of the aawservice.exe file is 587,096 bytes. You may also find the file in 607,576, 557,056, 611,664, 561,152, 565,248, 566,616, 574,808, 524,288, 380,928, 607,568, and 507,904 bytes sizes.

By default, the aawservice.exe process loads automatically when you start your system.

Is aawservice.exe an essential startup program?

No, it is not. It is up to you to decide if you want this process to load automatically when your computer starts.

When you remove this process from your startup programs the process loads automatically whenever you run Ad-Aware 2007.

Aawservice.exe Issues

At times, the aawservice.exe process is known to consume 85% to 100% of CPU resources and cause your system to slow down considerably or freeze altogether.

To rectify this situation, stop the aawservice.exe process from loading automatically. By doing so you can prevent the aawservice.exe process from running in the background all the time and causing system slow down.

Stop aawservice.exe from starting automatically when using Ad-Aware 2007 full version:

The procedure of preventing the aawservice.exe from loading automatically when using full version of Ad-Aware 2007 is fairly simple. All you need to do is remove this process from your startup programs. To achieve this, perform the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type msconfig and press Enter to open the System Configuration Utility dialog box.
  3. Next, open the Startup tab.
  4. Clear the checkbox before Ad Aware 2007 services.
  5. Click Apply and then click the OK button.
  6. Restart your PC.

Stop aawservice.exe from starting automatically when using Ad-Aware 2007 free version

If you are using the free version of the Ad-Aware software you will not be able to remove aawservice.exe from your startup programs, using the msconfig command. You may get an “access denied” message when you try to remove this process from your startup programs.

The workaround to this problem is to set the aawservice.exe service to be started manually. To achieve this, perform the steps listed below:

  1. Go to Start and select Run.
  2. Next, in the Open box, type services.msc and then click the OK button.
  3. In the right-pane of the Services window that opens, double-click Ad Aware 2007 Service.
  4. On the General tab in the Ad Aware 2007 Service Properties dialog box, select Manual from the Start type drop down list.
  5. Next, click Apply to save your changes.
  6. Next, go to File menu and click Exit to close the Services management console window.
  7. Restart your PC.

The next time you run Ad-Aware 2007, you will first need to start the Ad Aware 2007 service. To do so, in the Services management console window, open the Ad Aware 2007 Services Properties dialog box and then click the Start button on the General tab. The Ad-Aware 2007 will not start until you start its service. Similarly, you need to stop the service manually after you close Ad Aware 2007.

Is aawservice.exe a security threat?

No, this is a legitimate process and the aawservice.exe file is a Verisign signed file. However, many malware programs, such as viruses, worms and trojans are known to use processes that have the same or similar names as legitimate processes to escape detection.

Also, if you have never used Ad-Aware but find an aawservice.exe process running, chances are that your PC is infected with malware. To remove the unsolicited process, scan your entire system using reliable protective tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease.