Lavasoft News - January 2007

The Countdown to Ad-Aware 2007

Ad-Aware 2007 is coming soon to a computer near you.

Lavasoft is currently putting the finishing touches on the release candidate with the help of our loyal VIP beta-testers. The developers have been hard at work for months on the latest version of the anti-spyware tool used by more than 200 million computer users around the world today.

"Thanks to the input from our users around the world, I am thrilled to bring a new Ad-Aware product to the market that is designed to meet the needs of today's computer user," says Lavasoft CEO Ann-Christine Åkerlund. "As soon as Ad-Aware 2007 hits the market, we will be turning our attention to the next generation of Lavasoft products."

Ad-Aware 2007 will be available in Free (formerly known as Personal), Plus and Pro versions. An updated version of Enterprise will be launched at a later date. Along with an updated product, we have given Ad-Aware's icon and retail box design a makeover; the new looks are familiar, but fresh.

The beginning of 2007 seems an appropriate time to launch, with security experts expecting this year to be one when cyber criminals take their sophistication to a new level.

As users slowly catch on to e-mail (phishing) scams, the scammers need to come up with new tools. It is predicted they will set their sights on social networking websites, instant messaging services, and those making calls over the Internet.

Lavasoft Security Center Manager Christopher Allansson says computer users should also be aware of programs that try to lure them into installation in order to gain some "special" function.

"These programs are often full of viruses, rogue anti-spyware, keyloggers and spambots," says Allansson. "The worst forms of malware have a rootkit in them that fully expose the users without them even being aware of infection, and which also cause mass-spamming. Malware is becoming more sophisticated and is capable of changing the PC's system so much so that Windows sometimes has to be fully re-installed."

Allansson also stresses the trend for people to hook up more of their home electronics to the Internet is dangerous because they often use wireless connections, which leave the user totally unprotected against hackers and infections.

It is important for you, the user, to educate yourself and stay up-to-date on the latest threats. And having real-time protection against spyware is a must for 2007 and beyond. Ad-Aware's latest edition is optimized to seek and destroy the latest spyware threats on the market today and those to come. Here is a sneak peak at some of the new-and-improved features you can look forward to in Ad-Aware 2007:

Features
The technical version What that really means
Enhanced Code Sequence Identification (CSI) accuracy for malware identification with our improved hash technique. Find more malware with a faster, and more accurate, detection technique.
Incremental updates from our extensive Detection Database. Quicker downloads at more frequent intervals.
Expanded Ad-Watch real-time protection. Multiple browser support includes a new browser clean sweep of cache, cookies, history and latest URL's. Improved identity theft protection, better registry protection, and the continued blocks of pop-ups and tracking cookies.
Advanced auto-schedule capacity. You set the time and date for your scans and Ad-Aware does the rest.
New GUI organization and structure. It is easy-to-use, easy to navigate, and "gosh-darnit", it looks good!

Download Release Candidate 1 for Ad-Aware 2007, available soon at www.lavasoft.com and check out the new-and-improved features yourself. Also make sure to tell us what you think.

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Spam Stats
1971 The first e-mail was sent by the computer engineer Ray Tomlinson
50 billion Number of e-mails sent every day
45 billion Number of e-mails from spammers
$50 billion The cost in lost productivity and expenses to fight spam in 2006
Source: The Times Online

Term of the Month
Internet lore claims the term spam gets its name from the well-known Monty Python sketch set in a café where every dish comes with the tinned-meat product Spam! A spam e-mail message is defined as being both unsolicited and bulk.

Forum Spam
Lavasoft's forums administrator CalamityJane deals with spam on a daily basis. She actually bans about 100 spammers per month. "Our forums do employ prevention measures such as requiring e-mail validation of new members and the CAPTCHA security routine, plus we have ban filters in place to minimize the amount of spam posts in the forums. It continues to be a problem and users need to be aware of precautions they should take when encountering forum spam posts (do not click on links or attachments). Report any spam to a Forums Administrator," she says.

Read more about Forum Spam at Wikipedia and take advantage of CalamityJane's expertise in the Lavasoft Support Forums today.

Tech Tips
If you have received e-mails that are just filled with gibberish, but do not require you to click on anything, they are designed to get you to mark them as spam and confuse your Bayesian spam filter (uses statistical methods to classify messages as spam). It may be wise to use your web mail account to delete all junk mail before opening up Outlook or Outlook Express.

Letter to the Editor
This is the first newsletter (December Lavasoft News) that I have received from you and it's very informative. Thanks for all of the new info.
There's so much out there that you don't know who to believe. You seem to put it in some order.

Thanks
Maryann Garrett
Rison, Arkansas, USA

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