Lavasoft News - February 2007

Editorial graphicMany of you have written to us curious about Lavasoft’s new product, Ad-Aware 2007. We must first direct your attention to our fresh, new icon. Pretty nice, eh? You will see this on all Ad-Aware 2007 products and packaging.

Now to your questions. No, Ad-Aware 2007 is not yet available. We are currently in a VIP beta testing phase and will enter a public beta shortly. Our developers will then make any last-minute corrections required before we issue a commercial release.

All of you who purchased Ad-Aware SE recently, and those who still have a valid license, will be eligible to upgrade to Ad-Aware 2007 for FREE. And yes, we are compatible with Window’s new operating system Vista. We are also aiming for Vista Certification, the highest level offered.

Stay tuned to the Lavasoft Company Blog and the Lavasoft Support Forums for the latest on Ad-Aware 2007.

News from Lavasoft

Mobile Malware Strikes
We thought malware invading our privacy and compromising our security on our PCs was as bad as it could get. Now, cyber criminals are branching out to target another lucrative area: mobile phones. Find out what you need to know about the latest threats.

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Spyware Sneaks into Virtual Worlds
Online games that use real world currency are gaining in popularity around the globe. And the large sums of money involved naturally attract cyber criminals.

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Staying Out of the Phisher-man’s Net
Phishers did not waste any time coming up with a new online scheme to reel in potential victims. The next generation of phishing is known as a “man-in-the-middle” attack.

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Age and the Internet - Misconceptions
Is age a factor when it comes to Internet use? Throw out your stereotypes about teens monopolizing the web, and find out how the Internet is making way for baby boomers.

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Security Shorts
Lavasoft News has compiled of a list of "security shorts" - summaries of other online security stories making news around the world this past month.

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"Spyware" Teacher Faces 40 Years in Prison (The Register)
This story seems to be one of the hottest online right now. A substitute teacher found guilty of displaying pornographic images on her classroom PC is facing a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Julie Amero of Connecticut claims it was spyware that forced the graphic images to pop-up on her machine. Is malware the culprit? You decide. Read The Register’s article and then tell us what you think at

Spyware Newsbits

New Targets in Detection (January 2007)
Protect your privacy with a complete list of new targets for January 2007.

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Lavasoft Blog
If you want to go behind the walls of Lavasoft, hear what we are up to, what we are thinking and what is happening in the industry, the Lavasoft Company Blog is the place to go for regular, up-to-date information.

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Extra! Extra!
Ad-Aware Breaks Records at
Read all about it here.
More than 3/4 of Americans are net users, spending an average of 8.9 hours online a week. For the first time in 2006, the number of women logging on equaled the number of men.
Source: Survey from the Center for the Digital Future
Term(s) of the Month
A cookie is a piece of data that a website saves on a user’s hard drive and retrieves when the user revisits that site. It may use a unique identifier that links to login data, preferences, etc. A tracking cookie is any cookie used for tracking users’ surfing habits. They are typically used by advertisers wishing to analyze and manage advertising data. Read more in Lavasoft’s Spyware Glossary.
Tech Tips
Did you know that the Lavasoft Support Forums are the perfect place to go for up-to-date technical advice? Forums Administrator Janie Whitty, aka Calamity Jane, checks all new posts made. Lavasoft staff members regularly go in to read and post. We also have a team of international volunteers who help our users with their questions and concerns. If you do not already have an account sign up today at There are currently more than 15,000 registered members!
Letters to the Editor
Thanks to all of you who wrote to us with your thoughts on spam and the future of e-mail. Spam definitely gets people talking. Read some of your letters here.
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