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As February 14th draws closer, don’t be surprised if several spams and phishing scams find their way into your inbox.

 Valentine’s Day often offers spammers and scammers alike a golden opportunity to lure people into opening their wallets or giving away their personal information under the deceptive guise of love.


PC Mechanic is an application that claims to be a computer optimization program. It features a scanner that checks your PC for problematic and obsolete files that may be taking up unnecessary space on your hard disk. The catch is that you must purchase the full version before it will fix any of the apparent system errors it located. While this program may seem useful at first glance, so-called ‘optimization applications’ typically do not meaningfully improve PC performance.


How to Remove Shopper Pro

by News Editor on February 2nd, 2015 in Security Tips.

To remove Shopper Pro, download Web Companion now

Shopper-Pro is a Browser Helper Object that is usually categorized as potentially unwanted. It pretends to be very helpful and user-friendly during online shopping, providing you coupons and saving your money. However, it is only a marketing method to make you visit specific sites and increase the number of their visitors.


How to Remove Ask.com

by News Editor on February 2nd, 2015 in Security Tips.

To remove Ask.com, download Web Companion now

If you have realized that new toolbar installed on your PC and your home page was unexpectedly changed, most likely that some software may have installed in a bundle a 3rd-party browser toolbar on your system.  One such annoying toolbar is the Ask toolbar. This toolbar is a BHO: Browser Helper Add-on.


To remove Astromenda, download Web Companion now

Astromenda is an application designed to organize your browser by changing your home page, default search engine, and new tabs to Astromenda, and its goal (as per publisher) is to make “the web more accessible and more efficient, for all users”.


Our friends at InfoSec Institute have once again ever so kindly written another great blog post in regards to how to remove Windows Antivirus Adviser. Let's see what Kim Crawley (our guestwriter) have to say about this PUP and the step by step instruction on how to remove it.


How To Remove AppGraffiti

by News Editor on January 30th, 2015 in Security Tips.

AppGraffiti is a web browser add-on that promises to enhance a user’s social networking experience within social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by enabling themed backgrounds and other customizations. 


How To Remove RadioRage

by News Editor on January 29th, 2015 in Security Tips.

RadioRage is a toolbar application that claims to enhance a user’s web experience by offering several different types of searches, links to music sites, and the ability to listen to any web radio station from your PC.


We're so excited to inform you that Ad-Aware Personal Security was thoroughly tested by the Quality Control team at Microsoft and has passed the Windows 8 Compatibility test.

Ad-Aware Personal Security is now fully compatible with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system and is completely safe for the end-users to use on their Windows 8 PCs.


Our beloved CEO, Daniel Assouline was recently featured on BusinessInterviews.com. He shared a few important points and upcoming plans for Lavasoft in 2015.

Here is an excerpt of the Q&A session:


RebateInformer is a web browser plugin that claims to notify you of available discounts, coupons and rebates when you search and/or browse the web. How it works is by analyzing websites your browser visits and attempts to find and display deals associated with products offered on the site. It is typically loaded with malware and starts automatically with windows. This is why it is considered a potentially unwanted application.


Since Jan 15, it is now illegal in Canada for websites to install any updates or installations without permission from the user. This also applies to app updates on your smartphones and tablets.

This means no more automatic downloads; “Implied” consent is not enough, the permission must be clearly stated before any download can take place. However, there are some exemptions—these include HTML, Javascript, operating system cookies and bug fixes.