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Lavasoft any good?

Discussion in 'Ad-Aware (Lavasoft) Software' started by Nomad, Feb 7, 2013.

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Does Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free provide adequate security protection?

  1. Yes

    42.1%
  2. No

    57.9%
  1. Nomad

    Nomad New Member

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    I would like to know everyone's opinions of Lavasoft Ad-Aware free and pro, and whether it is any good. I rather liked the interface last time I used it.

    Is it a viable security solution? I'm going to try it out.

    Vote on whether you think it is good, and say why.
  2. Umbra Polaris

    Umbra Polaris Testing And Review Expert MalwareTips Staff

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    ad-aware is not what it used to be, last time i tried it it was quite heavy, you have better for free like the Triple A (Avast, Avira, AVG)
  3. exterminator20

    exterminator20 Giveaway and Hot Deals Expert MalwareTips Staff

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    I have not used or tried it in a very long time.Correct me if I am wrong but I thought it was always more of a companion software than a standalone security solution.
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  4. Nomad

    Nomad New Member

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    It is now a full on anti-virus solution (or so they claim). They've moved from being a companion anti-spyware software to full featured anti-virus with real time protection.

    However, I was reading about the company, and it looks like their is a controversy about them being recently acquired by a private equity fund having ties to less than honest people:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavasoft#Controversies


    So it might not be good after all.
  5. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    Nope, very bloated when I last tried it. Didn't do that well in the detection as well. Others could have a different opinion than me. ;)
  6. KelvinW4

    KelvinW4 Regular Member

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    Last time I tried it, it was really light and found no problems.
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    No!! I have quite the same opinion, I have not used in a looonnnnng time and when did it was only for such a short time as it had what I consider a poor detection rate during testing that one could not ignore.

    doesn't get my vote
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    The last version I tried was in 2007 or 2008, it was decent then but was leaning towards bloat.Then came Malwarebytes and after that there has been no looking back.
  9. Dashke

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    Lavasoft 10 is in fact a lot better then version 9. Detection is satisfying, not great. :/
    Just try it and you will know is it good or not. :)
  10. Huracan

    Huracan Administrator MalwareTips Staff

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    Agree with Dashke, Lavasoft V10 is a lot better than previous versions.

    I've only ever used the Beta version of V10, but the latest release was V10.4 and was tested by AV-Test.org
    http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/?tx_avtestreports_pi1%5Breport_no%5D=124585

    PS: The AV-Test Certified was given to Lavasoft 10.3 / 10.4 Pro ($3/month).
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    it uses the vipre`s engine so the detection rates are ok and it`s not that heavy on the system.you can try it and let us know what is your opinion
  12. NigelShaw

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    Hi guys,

    I'm the VP Product Development for Lavasoft. I joined January of this year. Thanks for the honest feedback. It's true that the anti-spyware/antivirus industry in the past had a bit of an "rough and tumble" mentality. However when I joined the company I had a several days of discussion with Daniel Assouline and Michael Dadoun, the "less than honest people" that you referred to. It was clear to me in those discussions that the company has only one thing in mind for the future: to build the best possible products that deliver a great user experience. That was a critical factor for me in joining the company.

    I'm very proud to announce that since joining I've spearheaded the development of AdBlocker (now in Alpha) a product that fully exemplifies this user-experience driven approach. AdBlocker is simple, elegant, and it does exactly what it's supposed to do, nothing less and nothing more.

    I hope you love it!

    Nigel
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    Wait, what? They don't have their own engine? :eek:
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    From: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/compare.php

    So they still have their anti-spyware engine, coupled with a Bitdefender engine.
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    n.nvt Community Superstar Trusted Member

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    Correct and regardless what people say they are pretty good.
    Granted they changed alot and not every change was a success but it seems they are back in town.
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    their zero day protection sucks as well

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