If you cannot uninstall Ad-aware using Control Panel -> Program and features (or Add/Remove Programs), Follow this:

  1. Make sure Ad-Aware is closed and for Plus & Pro versions shutdown Ad-Watch
  2. Start > Run > type services.msc > enter (You can open Run by pressing WinLogo key + R on keyboard).
  3. Find Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service
  4. check its status by right clicking on the service and clicking properties, if it’s running, stop it.
  5. Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Program and Features in Windows Vista / 7)
  6. Find Ad-Aware in the list and click on it
  7. Click uninstall
  8. After the uninstall is complete click finish

If an error is received during the uninstall process this typically means that the uninstaller has become corrupted and additional steps are needed to try to remove Ad-Aware. There are other options you can try. The purpose of option one and two below is to use the uninstallers in the downloaded program as a replacement for the damaged/missing uninstaller that is installed on your computer.

First Option

  1. Go to the download page for Ad-Aware, download Ad-aware setup to your desktop.
  2. Right click on the Ad-Aware Icon on your desktop and run it as an administrator or log in with administrator rights.
  3. When the install completes go to step 1 for the uninstall

Second option (Not Recommended)

  1. Restart your computer in safe-mode (How to use Safe Mode?)
  2. Open “My Computer” and locate your Lavasoft Ad-Aware folder (C:program fileslavasoftad-aware).
  3. Run the file “unregaaw.exe”.
  4. Restart your computer
  5. Go back to Lavasoft Ad-ware installation folder and Delete the Ad-Aware folder

There is a reason why the uninstaller is not functioning on your computer. Many third party programs such as CCleaner and other registry cleaner delete files that are needed for many programs, they are seen as unnecessary files. One way to check if Ad-Aware’s uninstaller is present on your computer is by clicking Start Menu>All Programs>Lavasoft>Ad-Aware. You will see several Ad-Aware programs in the list and the Uninstall Ad-Aware program at the bottom. If Ad-Aware’s Uninstaller is not there, then it is likely a third party application has deleted it. Third party applications can do as much harm as good if you do not properly monitor what files they are removing.

Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras

Ubuntu strives to make all of the most important software available to its users automatically. However patent and copyright restrictions complicate distribution of software to support non-free formats.

However, you can install the ability to play popular non-free media formats, including DVD, MP3, Quicktime, and Windows Media formats, by following the instructions below.

Manual Install

Open a Terminal Window and then:

If you are using regular, stock Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Kubuntu:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Xubuntu:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Lubuntu:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras



In addition, in order to play DVDs, you need to install libdvdcss by entering the following in a terminal:

 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Install Adobe AIR on 64-bit Ubuntu

Right now Adobe AIR is only officially available for 32-bit Linux. But it does work on 64-bit Linux with the 32-bit compatibility libraries. There are several ways to install Adobe AIR on Linux. My preferred way on Ubuntu is to use the .deb package. However the .deb package distributed by Adobe can only be installed on 32-bit systems. Good news is that this can be easily fixed! To install the Adobe AIR .deb package on a 64-bit system just follow these steps:

  1. Download the Adobe AIR .deb file
  2. In a terminal window go to the directory containing the adobeair.deb file
  3. Create a tmp dir:
    mkdir tmp
  4. Extract the deb file to the tmp dir:
    dpkg-deb -x adobeair.deb tmp
  5. Extract the control files:
    dpkg-deb --control adobeair.deb tmp/DEBIAN
  6. Change the Architecture parameter from “i386? to “all”:
    sed -i "s/i386/all/" tmp/DEBIAN/control
  7. Repackage the deb file:
    dpkg -b tmp adobeair_64.deb

Now you can install Adobe AIR on a 64-bit system! From the command line just do:

sudo dpkg -i adobeair_64.deb

That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions.

Clean Ubuntu

Ubuntu software packaging system can accumulate unused packages or temporary files. These temporary files, also called caches, contain package files from all of the packages that you have ever installed. Eventually, this cache can grow quite large. Removing them allows you to reclaim space on your computer’s hard drive for storing your documents, music, photographs, or other files.

To clear the cache you can use either the clean or the auto-clean op for a command-line program called apt-get. The clean command will remove every single cached item, while the auto-clean command only removes cached items that can no longer be downloaded (these items are often unnecessary).

To run clean go to Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal and Type:

$ sudo apt-get clean

and it will ask password and give the password

packages can also become unused over time. If a package was installed to assist with running another program- and that program was subsequently removed-you no longer need the supporting package. You can remove it with autoremove

To run clean go to Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal and Type

$ sudo apt-get autoremove

it will remove the unnecessary packages.