Recently overheard in the hallways of Lavasoft...

One of our research analysts has had Microsoft Vista on her home machine since June when they purchased their new laptop. Yesterday, for the very first time, an alert message from the built-in anti-spyware freebie program, Windows Defender, popped up saying that it detected a threat for a file that was being downloaded to the machine. Yes, that's right, this researcher was indeed downloading a suspicious file to her machine. Keep in mind - one alert message since June!

Out of tune?

by Wolfa on September 28th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

The memory usage of the Service component of Ad-Aware 2007 has caused much debate, especially among the freeware users, who do not have access to the scheduling or real-time features. The service architecture is necessary as we begin to address emerging forms of malware and you can read more about this in the thread Regarding the Service on the Lavasoft Support Forums.

The Ultimate Defender Zlob

by Michael on September 26th, 2007 in Riff Raff.

A nice note from one of our customers yesterday:

"I was having a problem with the Ultimatedefender and Ultimatecleaner bogus trojan.32.looksky worm and running the Ad-Aware program with the latest updates corrected the problem.  I kept running my trend micro pc virus program scanning the entire system and nothing was reported."


Something to keep in mind - Lavasoft is so very aware of what directly affects our customers - you do a great job keeping us informed of what is happening in your computing lives. We'll soon be addressing one of the major e-mail annoyances and will release a new spam filter to help you combat the barrage of spam that must be invading your e-mail inbox on a daily basis now.

Our good friends at the volunteer-led security community CastleCops are devoted to helping victims of cybercrime, but the community itself is also a frequent target for attacks from cybercrime organizations.

The attacks have, up until now, consisted mainly of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks intended to make the community unavailable for its members.

Pot of Gold

by Michael on September 19th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft, Riff Raff.

We were so tempted to run across the bridge to the other side of the river when we saw that this rainbow had landed right outside. Was there a pot of gold? We'll never know.


As you may now be aware, I recently joined the team here at Lavasoft as CTO. I genuinely look forward to the many challenges that this industry provides, and I'm very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Lavasoft and our customers. From time to time, you'll be hearing from me, here in the corporate blog as well as through our Security Center.

Great Idea!

by Wolfa on September 14th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Just for Fun

by Michael on September 10th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft, Riff Raff.

Courtesy of the Internet:

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh?

Lavasoft Digital Lock - File EncryptorTake a moment and look at your screen. If it has got a post-it with a password on it sticking out from the side, this guide might be for you.

Earlier this week, we released the brand new Lavasoft Digital Lock - File Encryptor, which enables you to manage, protect and encrypt your sensitive information through a user-friendly interface. However, it can also help you manage and protect not only your sensitive information but also your sensitive passwords and still have them easily accessible whenever you need them.


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