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What is Ad-Aware.exe?
This is the front-end for the Ad-Aware system. Ad-Aware.exe manages all the interface features that you see when working with Ad-Aware; It provides the user interaction with the Service.
In the background it is communicating with AAWService.exe, asking it to perform tasks like Scan the system, change settings, etc.
In return, AAWService keeps the GUI up to date with the latest Real-time Protection status, license information, scan progress, statistics and so forth.