Be Careful What You Click!

by Lina on July 5th, 2010 in Support, Lavasoft Products, Security Tips.

A columnist at the News and Observer recently wrote an article called “How To Safely Clear Your Computer of Spyware” and referred readers to Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware software. However, some users ran into trouble when they tried to download Ad-Aware Free. We’d like to pass on that news so you can see why it’s so important to be careful what you click.

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Free program is 100 percent free for home, non-commercial use – no strings attached. However, some readers wrote in to the News and Observer, saying that the security program they downloaded identified a certain number of “errors” on their PC, asking them to purchase a ‘plus’ version in order to fix those errors. While these users believed that they had downloaded Ad-Aware, in actuality, they had mistakenly downloaded other software.

How did it happen? We’ll walk you through the steps you can take to correctly download Ad-Aware Free.

1. Go to and select the option to Download Ad-Aware Free.



 2. On the landing page you’re directed to, click “Download” to continue to download Ad-Aware Free.

3. The next step is to download Ad-Aware from Lavasoft’s trusted download site partner, CNET To complete your download, simply click “Download Now”, as referenced with the red arrow, below:

Here’s where users ran into trouble:

Clicking on sponsored link advertisements will NOT lead to the download of Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Free software. For example, if you click the sponsored link on the right column of the page, above, you will download a program called CyberDefender. This is NOT a Lavasoft product or software affiliated in any way with Lavasoft or Ad-Aware. According to Lavasoft’s Malware Labs threat analysts, the CyberDefender program will detect some malware on the user’s machine, along with installing the Microsoft Bing toolbar; in order to remove the reported threats, the user needs to pay for a CyberDefender license, in the amount of $29.

It’s just another reminder to be careful what you click!


No votes yet

Facebook Comments Box


Our best antivirus yet!

Fresh new look. Faster scanning. Better protection.

Enjoy unique new features, lightning fast scans and a simple yet beautiful new look in our best antivirus yet!

For a quicker, lighter and more secure experience, download the all new adaware antivirus 12 now!

Download adaware antivirus 12
No thanks, continue to
close x

Discover the new adaware antivirus 12

Our best antivirus yet

Download Now