In Your Words: A Decade of Anti-Spyware Security

With over 350 million software downloads worldwide, you can most likely imagine how diverse a group Ad-Aware users are. Here at Lavasoft, we have a better understanding of that now, after asking for your feedback and stories as part of our 10 year anniversary celebration.

You truly came from near and far (from neighboring Norway to across the globe in Hong Kong), from all walks of life (from teenagers to grandmothers), and from varying levels of online experience (from newbies to techies) to share your feedback on our company and our flagship product.

And, we’re humbled by the outpouring of stories that flooded our e-mail inbox – stories of how Ad-Aware and Lavasoft has helped to secure your private information over the past decade. Now, we’d like to share with you a small sampling of these messages. Keep reading to see what your fellow Ad-Aware users have to say.

“A few years ago our computer darn near ceased functioning, pop-up ads refused to give us a break, and sometimes they'd multiply exponentially to the point our computer almost became useless…A friend in the IT business suggested I download the free program, install it, run it, and see what happened. 

In seemingly just minutes, our computer began performing almost like it was new again.  I cannot begin to tell you how infested it was with stuff that had been added on by third-parties, all of it unwanted.

First, your product is great. It saved us the cost of a new computer.  Second, the fact that you've made it available for free for those of us who are economically challenged at one time or another is unique from a big business perspective.  Third, although we've upgraded to new computers, we won't operate without Ad-Aware.

You have a great product, and believe me, I pass on the information to many individuals on a monthly basis, and folks are surprised at how quickly, and efficiently your product cleans up their computers.  Thanks for being there.”

Mike in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada
An Ad-Aware user since 2006

“I have been using Ad-Aware for almost all of the past 10 years. My thanks and appreciation to all those involved, past and present, in bringing such a reliable product over the years.”

Spike in Auckland, New Zealand
An Ad-Aware user since 1999

“One day, my sister called me and said her new PC was running very slow and sluggish, and she stated that it was not like her PC to run like that. I asked if she was running an anti-virus program and firewall, and if she had ever heard of Ad-Aware. I told her to go CNET and download the free version and she did! No more than an hour later she e-mailed me and said that her new PC had about 30 malware programs and Trojans on it. I said, well, get rid of them - she did and got back to me just bragging about how I saved her PC. I said, no honey it was not me, it was Ad-Aware that did it. Her new PC is now running just like the day it came out of the box! And I am so happy for her!”

Donald in Hephzibah, GA, USA
An Ad-Aware user since 2002

“Ad-Aware is the best anti-spyware I have seen. All I have to do is scan my computer and delete all the spyware to make my computer keep on working properly. When a computer starts going slow, I always recommend Ad-Aware to my friends.”

Oscar in Heredia, Costa Rica
An Ad-Aware user since 2005

“I’m a 53 year old granny from Finland and have had a computer with an Internet connection a long, long time…I’m living my happy life with my love…and with several computers :) All of our computers have Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware which we trust and is easy to use.

For us, the security of the Internet is the most important thing. Though my personal laptop is only under my use and no one has entrance to it without my permission, the Internet is not a very safe place anymore. Luckily, there are good virus and "bug" protection programs to help us to keep our machines clean and functional. I wish that one day our home can be kept clean just as easily :)

Thank you, Lavasoft, for good programs which help me to enjoy the world that this wonderful Internet provides me. I can’t think of any other way to explore the whole world and find the information we need, not to mention the amusement that the Internet provides us. Thank you, Lavasoft, for helping me to keep my online life secure.”

Merja in Kirkkonummi, Finland

“I have used the Lavasoft products for many years now both those that were free downloads and those that I had to pay for. They are all good products and have recommended them to a number of friends that have businesses of their own.

My son who is a chiropractor and my daughter in-law who is an eye doctor have both used them in their offices. Why? Because they are safe and secure products that people can rely on time and time again. So in closing let me just say thank you for all the free downloads my friends have used, and thank you for the paid products and great support through the years.”

Mike in Springfield, IL, USA
An Ad-Aware user since 2000

For about 3 days, my blog redirected to another site. I have searched on Google about this thing but I just can't understand what to do. I asked my friend to check on my site…. He told me I might have a spyware or an adware on my computer. He told me to download and install Lavasoft Ad-Aware and scan my PC. And now, right now, I'm amazed that my blog doesn't redirect to that site anymore.”

Marilou in Caloocan City, Philippines
An Ad-Aware user since 2008

Curious to learn more about the Lavasoft story? Visit our website for more information about Lavasoft, the original anti-spyware company.


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