I notice because when AdAware 12 is installed and I try to initiate a websocket connection, it fails. But when I uninstall AdAware 12, it connects successfully. Re-installing AdAware 12 again causes all websocket connections to fail.
Control Panel's list of installed programs just says "AdAware 12." It does not distinguish between the Web Companion and the rest of the program.
This was an issue back with AdAware 11 as well. The free version of AdAware comes with Web Protection enabled by default even though there is no way to turn it off as the settings are disabled without paying. A long time ago I asked about the same problem here but for AdAware 11 and I was given a solution, which was to disable a certain system32 file. I do not know if there is an equivalent solution for AdAware 12, but it shares the same problem as AdAware 11 which is that without some sort of manual file deactivation (or uninstalling AdAware altogether) websockets are blocked by default by the program.