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$45m raised for the Montreal Community

We did it.

With Stephen Bronfman at the helm of this year’s Combined Jewish Appeal campaign, we raised $45.2m for the neediest in our community and worldwide.

I was proud to chair this year’s Sephardic Campaign and even prouder to work with the most committed and fun team I’ve had the pleasure to deal with:   Arlene Abitan, Neil Uditsky, Helene Amar-Langburt, Karen Aflalo and Kat Issenman.

Thank-you also to all the generous donors that have made this year’s campaign so successful and who dig in their pockets to make the life of others so much better.

You can read the CJN Summary here:   http://www.cjnews.com/canada/montreal-cja-campaign-projects-45-million-total

Great Reviews for Ad-Aware 11

Ad-Aware 11 has definitely brought us back to the antivirus map. We have been receiving extremely positive review from various influential editors from a number of our download partners. We are overjoyed with the pleasant feedback!

Here are some of the reviews we received from all over the globe since the launch:


Image5 Stars – “Spectacular! We’d go so far as to recommend their toolbar!”


soft5 Stars – “Ad-Aware beat all the other applications with a 99.7% success rate.”

CHIP Online
chip5 Stars – “Tracks the current most widespread spyware tools.”


commss    5 Stars – “Effective protection without conflicts and slowdowns that can occur when using multiple vendors.”


tamin      5 Stars – “Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + offers users a full-fledged security solution.”


monk5 Stars – “A secure and reliable protection tool from viruses, ads and spyware programs…”

Giga Software

giga 5 stars – “Continuous protection from identity theft”


html4.5 Stars – “A reliable double scanning engine and it’s free!”


techhack4.5 Stars – “It detects viruses and malware effectively on infected laptops and desktops… with fast scan times.”


01net         4 Stars – “This latest version features a new, more fluid interface, providing faster access to different functions.”


softonic       4 Stars – “Antivirus engine is efficient and lightweight with anti -spyware engine is one of the best on the market!”


instalsski     4 Stars – “Effective anti-virus program running in real time.”






OPSWAT Certification for Ad-Aware 11

In February, we received another great appraisal and recognition. This time, OPSWAT has awarded several of Lavasoft’s signature products an OPSWAT Certification.

Ad-Aware 11 products, Free Antivirus+, Personal Security and Pro Security have received the OPSWAT Certification in Gold and Silver. They are now compatible with leading technology solutions that employ the OESIS Framework and will be visible on their management consoles.

OPSWAT Certification validates that security applications are compatible with leading network and technology solutions, so that users experience fewer issues. A high level of compatibility for security applications is important for home users and students, system administrators, and software vendors.

Here are some of the certifications we received:


Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11.x – Gold Antispyware
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11.x — Gold Antivirus
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Personal Security 11.x – Silver Antiphishing
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Personal Security 11.x – Gold Antispyware
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Personal Security 11.x – Gold Antivirus
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Security 11.x – Silver Antiphishing
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Security 11.x – Gold Antispyware
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Security 11.x – Gold Antivirus

This is certainly another great achievement for the Lavasoft team!

All of our Ad-Aware products that received the new certifications can be found on Opswat’s blog. For more information, please click here http://www.opswat.com/blog/latest-opswat-certifications-for-february

VB100 Comparative Review on Windows 8.1 – Ad-Aware 11 Free Antivirus+

ImageWe received impressive reviews from Virus Bulletin’s VB100 Testing on Ad-Aware 11 Free Antivirus+. We are very honored to be able to secure the top spots alongside with the other big guys.

The basic requirements for a product to achieve VB100 certification status are that it detects, both on demand and on access, in its default settings, all malware known to be ‘In the Wild’ at the time of the review, and that it generates no false positives when scanning a set of known clean files.
Various other tests are also carried out as part of the comparative review process, including speed and overhead measurements and ‘RAP’ (Reactive and Proactive) tests.

Based on the VB100 Testing, Ad-Aware Antivirus+ was deemed very impressive, well deserved VB100 Award” and “a much more improved product”.

We saw some major changes for Lavasoft this month with a new front end combined with a new engine under the cover.
• “The new interface looks great, with a nice simple layout and a good set of options”
• “It also seemed nice and responsive under heavy stress.”
• “CPU use was very low and our set of activities ran through very quickly.”
• “Detection was very good indeed, especially in the proactive sets.”

Based on Virus Bulletin’s tests in December 2013, we can proudly say that Ad-Aware has proven to be the top 3 best antivirus, let alone the best free antivirus and also has one of the fastest machine out there… :)


Comparison of performance and set test results (Free antivirus programs)

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

Main version: 11.0.4555.0
Update versions: N/A
Last 6 tests: 3 passed, 0 failed, 3 no entry
Last 12 tests: 3 passed, 1 failed, 8 no entry
ItW Std 100.00% ItW Std (o/a) 100.00%
ItW Extd 100.00% ItW Extd (o/a) 100.00%
False positives 0 Stability Solid
RAP Score: 88.1%


AVG Internet Security 2014

Main version: 2014.0.4158
Update versions: 3614/6769, 3629/6835, 3629/6849,
2013.0.4259 3629/6874
Last 6 tests: 5 passed, 1 failed, 0 no entry
Last 12 tests: 10 passed, 2 failed, 0 no entry
ItW Std 100.00% ItW Std (o/a) 100.00%
ItW Extd 100.00% ItW Extd (o/a) 100.00%
False positives 0 Stability Buggy
RAP Score: 78.7%


Avira Free Antivirus

Main version:
Update versions:,,, /
Last 6 tests: 3 passed, 0 failed, 3 no entry
Last 12 tests: 5 passed, 0 failed, 7 no entry
ItW Std 100.00% ItW Std (o/a) 100.00%
ItW Extd 100.00% ItW Extd (o/a) 100.00%
False positives 0 Stability Solid
RAP Score: 84%


Ad-Aware 11 Free Video Review

Ad-Aware 11 Free Video WinSevenHolic

Thanks WinSevenHolic for another great review of Ad-Aware 11 Beta this time.   His conclusions:


  • Very light on the system
  • Nice UI
  • Great protection


  • Nothing  – yeah, you read that right ;-)

In his opinion:

“I recommend this product to use, when FINAL version is released.  Based on this test, Ad-Aware Security Toolbar is really great and blocks almost all malicious links and the new UI is really nice.  I really like it.

Decreasing RAM usage would be good (we’re working on it for final version).

Keep up the great work Ad-Aware team!  I support always.  :)

Thanks WinSevenHolic!   We appreciate your review!