Does your computer respond slowly as you browse the web? If you've upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, a possible cause of the browser slow-down may be the built-in Phishing Filter.

While the new feature is intended to protect against online fraud and personal data theft, it has many users suffering from bogged down PCs, stemming from how the filter evaluates multi-frame pages for fraud indicators.

But, have no fear, there is a fix.

From the very beginning, an essential part of our company policy has been the commitment to providing accurate information about threats to your privacy and security, so that YOU can make informed decisions about how to handle possible threats.

Along with the extensive analysis and strict requirements that we have in place when objects are identified as spyware and malware in our Detection Database, we have always believed in leaving the door open for direct dialogue with adware vendors (authors/distributors of what is commonly referred to as malware and spyware).

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes - like, for instance, what it took for that beautiful GUI and redesigned engine of the Ad-Aware 2007 Beta to make it to your PC? Well, we have a great team here at Lavasoft that made that possible.

Our team has been working hard for months, and gave a coordinated push the night of our public Beta release, in order to finalize the last pieces of the release.

Take a look below at the final celebration and a few of the effects of a marathon night!

It's Here!

by isergant on March 6th, 2007 in Beta Testing, Lavasoft Products.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for ...

We are proud to announce that the Ad-Aware 2007 Beta has arrived!

For the 120,000 + beta testers that have registered to be among the first to try the all-new Ad-Aware, you can now download the Beta by using your registration information to log in to the Beta - Applications page in the Lavasoft Security Center (and keep in mind, it's not too late to register as a Lavasoft beta tester, if you have not already done so).

Websites as Graphs

by isergant on March 1st, 2007 in Riff Raff.

Looking at something through new eyes is always refreshing. This is a graphical image of the blog webpage you are looking at right now. Cool, isn't it?

Kids, it's okay to try this at home!

websites as graphs

Todays security news story comes with a moral: never underestimate the importance of having good anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software, along with always making sure to update your operating system.

Last week's pharming attack on over 50 financial institutions that targeted online customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific has been shut down, but not before it was able to infect at least 1,000 PCs per day over a three day period.

Wow! Did you see that settlement against Microsoft posted on Cnet today?

1,500,000,000 U.S. dollars. Yes, that is 1.5 BILLION dollars!

From day one, we believed - and still believe - that computer users everywhere have the inherent right to choose what products they use to protect their personal privacy. So we are always just a little sceptical when Goliath force-feeds their newest programs on so many trusting and forgiving souls.

Even before it hit the market, Vista, pegged by Windows as their most secure operating system yet, has been under the scrutiny of many in the security industry. And the security spotlight continues...

Only weeks after its commercial release, researchers are raising specific concerns about the new operating systems security.

"It's just another Hallmark holiday." We've all heard that line from Valentines cynics who believe the day is mostly to benefit stores in selling more cards and merchandise.

But, sadly enough for the romantics among us, marketers are not the only ones who are using the occasion to their advantage. Whether or not you buy into the holiday, you'll need to stay on the lookout for online scams today.

This is directed at all of our North American users - did you know that you'll be turning the clocks ahead three weeks earlier this year? And that your PC could be affected?

In a bid to conserve electricity, an American energy policy was signed into law in 2005 calling for the extension of DST by four weeks. This year it will be moved from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, and will end one week later, the first Sunday in November.

Hacker Attack

by isergant on February 7th, 2007 in Industry and Security News.

Todays security news: hackers are powerful, but the Internet is resilient.

Yesterdays attack against domain name system (DNS) servers, those that manage global computer traffic, has been pegged as one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002 (when all 13 of the Internets root DNS servers were hit).


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