Lavasoft Blog

To all our valued Ad-Aware users,

We would like to apologize for the definition file update error. The problem came from our definition file distributor in the US but they manage to fix it as soon as they could. We are also coming up with a new release, 11.2, within a few days.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we resolved the issue and let you know that we appreciate each and every one of you.

Thank you very much.

Richard Martineau
Product Owner and Coordinator
Lavasoft


 


The functionality of ‘New Tab Search’ plugin provided by Visicom Media can be explained by its name – it gives you a search tool box in every new tab of your browser. At the same time, it automatically changes the default interface of new tabs, as well as your default search engine.


RR Savings is a browser add-on designed by Adpeak Inc. This application is supposed to save your time and money when you shop online by showing best deals available, enabling coupons, and other functions. Although this may seem a legitimate add-on, be aware that this plug-in considered being a potentially unwanted application. This web browser extension injects various types of advertisements in the user's web browser (in-text, interstitial and floating banner ad).


ZGame Network toolbar is a Visicom Media Inc. browser extension designed to show you a list of popular games, as well as to display advertisements in your browsers.


Search Protection by Spigot is classified as a potentially unwanted program. This application is designed to protect its bundled programs and make sure they remain installed or unchanged by other third party programs. It creates registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 


We know that some of you are encountering issues with the definition file update. If this is the case please follow the steps below:


Save Clicker is an ad-supported cross web browser plugin that is detected as adware by many antivirus companies. Main goal of such plugins is to show a user different advertisements (using data from his browsing activity), as well as to send web traffic to partners in order to make profit.


Windows AntiVirus Tool is a program that belongs to the family of Rogue.FakeVimes computer infections. This application only pretends to be an anti-virus program, but instead it shows fake scan results, reports the computer infections that do not exist, and does not allow you to run any other applications.


FLV Player Update popup –what is this?

Please be aware that FLV Player Update popup is a fake warning message. It has been created to lead you to download malware programs to your PC. This popup is actually a malicious application that acts as an online scam which is usually used to spread false advertisement. Usually it is distributed via malicious sites, lurks in freeware programs and hides itself in spam email attachments. You won’t even know and realize that you even have this malicious program on your system until it suddenly pops up. In addition to displaying misleading pop-up warning, FLV Player Update popup malware also slows down your computer as it takes up a big part of system resources.


MDNA CD 2 Player or EZ Downloader is an example of a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that can be downloaded for free from the web.  This freeware will also download another unwanted stuff in a bundle.


24x7 Help – is a technical assistance application by Crawler, LLC that may be installed in a bundle with freeware. If you don’t pay attention to small pre-checked boxes with optional programs during the main software installation, you may get a lot of unnecessary  items that you never use/you are not aware where it came from.


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.