Sentencing in the so-called 'Spyware Teacher' case has been delayed - for the third time.

40-year-old Julie Amero was to be sentenced in a Connecticut court today (April 26). The case will now be heard May 18.

This time around it was the Assistant State Attorney who prosecuted the case asking for a continuance. David J. Smith wrote, "The state has not completed a full examination of all the issues which may affect its position at the sentencing hearing".


IT Security just notified us they have included Ad-Aware SE Personal in their list of "Top 103 Free Security Applications".

We just want to point out that we made the top of the anti-spyware software list - which, by the way - is NOT alphabetical!

Thanks IT Security!


The U.S. Congress has been trying for years to pass uniform legislation to curb spyware and adware.

Now, identity theft concerns are also being pushed forward, with a federally convened task force urging Congress to look towards a new national strategy for punishing identity fraud.


Beta Six

by Michael on April 20th, 2007 in Beta Testing, Lavasoft Products.

Attention beta testers! Beta Six is now ready for download on The Beta Page. There are a lot of changes in this beta and you will definitely notice that the product is stabilizing and many of the bugs causing crash dumps have been fixed.

Thanks in part to the help from our 200,000 beta testers that were actively working with Beta Five, you'll find a list of "Bug Updates" that have been made with this release, along with other useful information on The Beta Page. And don't forget to vote for your favorite skin!


Over the weekend, more than four exploits for a vulnerability in the Windows domain name system (DNS) service were published, increasing the chances of a widespread attack; exploits may aid cyber-criminals in creating malicious code to compromise systems through the vulnerability.


Time for a little shameless self-promotion! Softpedia has just granted Ad-Aware SE Personal, along with our LSP Explorer plug-in, their 100% CLEAN award, guaranteeing our software is free from:

  • Malware
  • Spyware
  • Viruses
  • Trojans
  • Backdoors


Tax Season Threats

by santonov on April 13th, 2007 in Security Alerts.

Hackers and phishers are giving tax payers another reason to dread tax season. Stressing out about filing your taxes on time may seem like a lot to deal with, but for those filing returns online, there are even more concerns.


To all of us who have been the victims of spyware, it's blaringly clear that more needs to be done to penalize spyware distributors. Many in the security industry have called for consensus anti-spyware legislation in order to fully hold distributors accountable for their actions, and to deter spyware vendors from violating consumers' privacy.


Todays security update: play it safe by getting your news from legitimate sources and not from attachments in your e-mail.


Beta Five

by Michael on April 5th, 2007 in Beta Testing, Lavasoft Products.

Beta Five is now ready for download on The Beta Page after you log-in on the Beta-Applications page of the Lavasoft Security Center.

As you may have read in our last beta update, in response to your requests for longer evaluation periods and more corrections before each release, beta releases will be made every other week.


Easter the Swedish Way

by santonov on April 5th, 2007 in Riff Raff.

Did you all notice our bunny ears on the Lavasoft logo? Happy Easter everyone!

With the holiday around the corner, we thought we would take this opportunity to educate all of you on Swedish traditions.