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Lavasoft Digital Lock
Lavasoft File Shredder
Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox
The company offers a free, downloadable version of Ad‐Aware titled Ad‐Aware Free Antivirus+ and three commercial versions called, Ad‐Aware Personal Security, and Ad-Aware Pro Security. Other Lavasoft products include Lavasoft Digital Lock, Lavasoft File Shredder, Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox, and Lavasoft Registry Tuner.
Lavasoft’s headquarters has been located in Gothenburg, Sweden, since 2002. Nicolas Stark and Ann-Christine Åkerlund established the company in Germany in 1999 with its flagship Ad-Aware product. Lavasoft was, in January 2011, acquired by the Solaria Fund.
Products[edit source | edit]
- Anti-malware products: Ad-Aware
- Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
- Ad-Aware Personal Security
- Ad-Aware Pro Security
- Ad-Aware Total Security
- Ad-Aware Business Security
- Lavasoft Digital Lock
- Lavasoft File Shredder
- Lavasoft Registry Tuner
- Lavasoft Privacy ToolBox - the toolbox contains; Lavasoft File Shredder; Lavasoft Digital Lock and Lavasoft Encryption Reader (free). 
Controversies[edit source | edit]
The Company was acquired in January 2011 by the Solaria Fund, apparently a private equity fund. It was soon discovered that the Fund was actually a cover-up for the entrepreneurs (Daniel Assouline and Michael Dadoun) behind UpClick and Interactive Brands. SC Magazine discovered that Lavasoft had been acquired by the same entrepreneurs who have been accused of selling software that is available for free (such as the free version of AVG anti virus) to unwitting users under the guise of premium support. Somewhat ironically, Assouline and Dadoun used to sell the free version of Lavasoft's security program prior to acquiring the Company itself. This has been well-documented by security consultants such as Dancho Danchev.
References[edit source | edit]
- "About Lavasoft". Lavasoft. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- "Ad-Aware - Antivirus software with virus and spyware removal". Lavasoft. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- "Solaria Fund acquires software business from Lavasoft - Mannheimer Swartling". Mannheimerswartling.se. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- "Daniel Assouline - SC Magazine". Scmagazineus.com. 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- Danny Bradbury (2006-03-03). "Money for nothing | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- Danchev, Dancho (2008-03-20). "Dancho Danchev's Blog - Mind Streams of Information Security Knowledge: Cybersquatting Security Vendors for Fraudulent Purposes". Ddanchev.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
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