...they snatch their "presents" from gullible computer users!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, many people around the world plan to do some serious shopping for Christmas presents. Unfortunately, this time of year also means a peak in cyber crime activity. In shopping malls - and other crowded places - thieves are lurking around, waiting to get their hands on people's well deserved earnings. One mistake, one lost moment, and your wallet may be gone forever.


You've probably heard the news on Microsofts plan to discontinue its Windows Live OneCare and roll out "Morro", a free anti-malware application.


Beta 2: Released

by Jeffery on November 24th, 2008 in Beta Testing.

It's time for the second stage of the Beta process - Beta 2 is now available. With our first incremental Beta release, the focus was primarily on the scanning process. We're now ready to shift the focus to the real-time protection feature, including process protection, and the tray app. To download Beta 2, please log in to the Beta Center.


Lose Controller

by Wolfa on November 21st, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

As the volume of malware increases, the more signatures we add into Ad-Aware's Detection Database. Naturally, with the huge increase in bad stuff out there, the size of definition files will increase in line with the amount of malware detections we add.


A Word from Our Testers

by Jeffery on November 18th, 2008 in Beta Testing.

Spotted among the first impressions of the Ad-Aware Beta in our dedicated Beta Forum:

"Very nice!"

"...I really like how it tells more about a detected object after a scan."

"I love the new interface?"

"Wonderful-Far more aesthetically pleasing than prior versions-Was surprisingly fast.."


Web in Black

by Wolfa on November 14th, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Phishing 101

by Kalle on November 13th, 2008 in Security Tips.

These days, most of us are familiar with the term "phishing." But that doesn't mean it's always easy to tell when a scam lands in your inbox.

Research shows that, while the methods used have not drastically changed, phishing scams are growing increasingly sophisticated.


Our first beta for the new version of Ad-Aware is now available! Be among the first to test the more powerful and efficient Ad-Aware. We're counting on you to give us your feedback, iron out the kinks, and help us to create the best product possible.


Movember?

by Wolfa on November 7th, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Beat Rogues: 6 Simple Steps

by Erin on November 6th, 2008 in Security Tips.

Rogue software on the web is rising at record rates. Judging from the "Ballot Box" poll on our homepage, where a clear majority of respondents admit being the victim of rogue security and anti-malware software, it's growing increasingly difficult for consumers to tell the difference between legitimate and rogue software.

On that note, here are 6 simple tactics we've compiled to help keep you from falling for fakes:


Movember is an annual charity event held during November to raise awareness and funds for mens health issues - all by putting mustaches back on upper lips. How does it work? Throughout the month, participants grow and groom their "mo", while raising money for research to combat prostate cancer by having friends and family sponsor their mustache growth.