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Be Careful What You Click!
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 www.lavasoft.com 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 Download.com. 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!