Rogue security software, often referred to as scareware, is one of the biggest challenges that computer users are faced with right now. Taking the form of legitimate-looking anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware products, these rogue applications look to be beneficial from a security perspective but provide little or no security, generate misleading alerts, or attempt to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions - blurring the lines between genuine software and applications that put you in harm’s way.

In order to help you clearly see what programs are considered rogue – and avoid them – Lavasoft Malware Labs is proud to introduce a brand new site: the Rogue Gallery.


A new edition of the Softonic Awards is underway, and that means the race is on to see which software viewers pick as the best in 2009 across different categories and platforms.


Computer Weekly is now running its second annual IT Blog Awards 2009 contest. The Lavasoft blog has been nominated this year in the “IT Security” category.

We need your help - if we’re among your favorite security blogs, please take a moment to help us out by casting a vote for Lavasoft! Details here.



Today, we’re happy to announce an important update in the Lavasoft Support Center: Lavasoft has launched a new chat support service. Chat Support gives Lavasoft customers another convenient way to contact the Support Team for quick answers to product questions.


Various reports state that huge numbers of PCs throughout the world have been “zombified” during the last year. Still, the true number of hijacked computers is likely much higher than what's stated, making botnets a massive global security problem.