On the future of PC security…

Some thoughts on the role of PC Security Software, its outlook and our new path to protecting our users:



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!



Ad-Aware 11 Free Review – Prevention is better than cure

Ad-Aware 11 Free vs MalwareBytes vs SuperAntiSpyware.

Wow.   18 months of hard work really pays off.   Another video review of Ad-Aware 11 Free Beta just came in with glorious results.   PC Security Stuff’s conclusions:

  • Ad-Aware 11 Free Beta  (review starts at 6:23 minutes)
    • Stopped all infections.
    • Prevention is better than cure – it detects and quarantines malware before it can run.
    • Serious anti-malware protection – highly recommended
  • Malware Bytes and Super AntiSpyware
    • Both lack real time protection and were unable to stop infections from taking place
    • Low detection rates:  MBAM and SAS both have trouble dealing with serious infections
    • Verdict:   The MBAM and SAS machines remained completely infected.
  • Overall
    • MBAM & SAS still have a lot of work to do to catch up with Ad-Aware 11 Free

Doesn’t get much better than this…

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + – New Video Review

Another great video review for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +!   This one from WinSevenHolic.

His conclusion:   I really recommend this product to use.   It has great protection to keep system clean from any malwares.   It has a nice UI too.   Keep up the great work Ad-Aware team!   I support always 🙂

1. Very light on the system
2. Easy to use
3. Great Protection

1. Nothing

Thanks WinSevenHolic!!

Ad-Aware 10.5 wins Editor’s Choice in PC Magazine

Ad-Aware 10.5 Free Review - Editor's Choice

We’re very proud to have earned another Editor’s Choice from trusted PCMag.com for the best free antivirus in 2013.   Thanks Neil!

Some quotes we like:

“The latest edition…  turned in an impressive performance in PCMag’s own antivirus tests.”    “Ad-Aware Free Antivirus cleaned up malware-infested test PCs with hardly a hitch, and turned in the best malware-blocking score among recent programs.”

“Ad-Aware gets five stars with hardly any help from tech support.   AVG and avast! rated just two stars because of the huge amount of work needed to get them installed and fully functional.”

Read the whole review here:    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2418686,00.asp

Stopping malware early…

SafeBrowsing features scans for known malicious URLs

The best way to fight malware is to avoid getting infected in the first place.   If the file can’t get downloaded to your device, then there’s no risk it can infect it.   Since it is estimated that more than 500,000 new malware programs are created each day (often variations of previous ones), catching fresh malware is often a difficult task.

Yet, many malware analysts and organizations like ours are involved in flagging known URLs that carry malware as early as possible.   By sharing our efforts and them sharing theirs, we are active in creating live databases of known malicious URLs.   This list grows by about 20,000 net new URLs daily and changes are broadcasted every 5-10 minutes to millions of our users around the globe to protect their PCs.   It’s one of the key ways we help our free users in fighting malware.    If you want to benefit from this free protection, please download our browser add-on here (http://toolbar.lavasoft.com/info.php).   A new version (toolbar-less) is in the works too

Recently, we have partnered with BluePrint Data (a really nice company with really nice folks based in Florida) to license our feed within their cloud distribution system to help ISPs, OEMs and other software vendors provide additional protection to their users.   Considering BluePrint Data’s reputation as a provider of accurate URL filtering data, we are quite proud to have been selected as their malware vendor.

Through this partnership, Lavasoft should help protect another 2 million users around the globe.   And that makes us proud.

Moreover, we have licensed their website categorization feed and we are excited to soon be able to offer a free parental-control feature in a new software under way.   We will also soon rely on their cloud-based infrastructure to increase response time for our users.

A big thanks to the team at BluePrint Data and to Bob (their CEO).