Is aawservice.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of aawservice.exe:

aawservice.exe file purpose and description:

aawservice.exe is a file which may have been installed on your computer system by you. The actual hard drive location and folder is also listed below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related. Sometimes the spyware or virus writers simply place a similiar or same named file elsewhere on your computer hoping to fool you. This aawservice.exe file runs as a service as part of Adaware spyware remover. This will run as a service even if you choose not to have adaware run all the time. If you wish to stop this, you can terminate it in the tasklist but can also run services.msc on your computer and set the "ad-aware" option to manual (if you really do not want it running). It will then run only when you open the program and scan manually. This file is considered safe and is not spyware or virus related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This program is located at C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, aawservice.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of aawservice.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!