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What is AAWService.exe?
This is the main Ad-Aware service that runs in the background, and is considered the "central hub" of the program. It runs the Real-time Protection (RP) engine, as well as maintaining the Definitions, Whitelists and Blacklists.
It also makes sure that all the other parts of the system are kept up-to-date with the whole Ad-Aware application. For example, when a user changes a setting in the Ad-Aware interface, AAWService "echoes" this change to everything else so they know about it immediately.
AAWService.exe normally runs as a Windows Service (but can be run interactively in a terminal for development or Support reasons). When started, it also starts the Tray Application for Ad-Aware.