With corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Lavasoft produces antivirus and anti-malware software. The company was founded just before the turn of the century in 1999. In its less than two decades of in business, Lavasoft has garnered several awards of recognition from reputable publications and organizations. Lavasoft offers four different antivirus products, as well as other computer security and tune-up problems. 

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The Good

  • Great features
  • Comprehensive solutions
  • Great for malware blocking

As mentioned in the introduction, customers have the choice of selecting any of four antivirus software solutions from Lavasoft. The products cater to the customer's needs and each offer features that benefits different situations that may arise with your computer.

Lavasoft software solutions are competitive and comprehensive. The all-encompassing product, Ad-Aware Total Security, features antivirus, anti-spyware, download protection, safe browsing, safe online shopping and banking, parental control, data shredding, a two-way firewall, and more. This product also has network scanning, drive scanning and automatic pulse updates. You can be sure that when you purchase Ad-Aware Total Security that you are getting all the features you need to guard your computer against all unwanted invaders.

The software's menu is clean and easy to follow. It is visually appealing from a font standpoint, as well as the look and feel. It effectively guides you through the scan process regardless of what browser you are using. It is easy to navigate the menu and follow the steps. It is certainly user-friendly, with a simple user interface; this software is particularly appealing to newcomers who haven't used a lot of antivirus software packages in the past.

The malware blocking functions and capabilities are among the best in the business. It is very effective in removing harmful malware.
For those who are looking to use Lavasoft products, you'll find a helpful website that provides ample information about the software and solutions. The site wonderfully spells out what each product does and whether it suits you best.

The Bad

  • Slower installation and setup process
  • Below average phishing protection
  • No independent testing

The installation and setup process are a bit slower than many other antivirus programs available.

The phishing protection is below average, and customers have complained about its inefficiencies. Also, the cleanup has been known to wreak havoc to the test systems, sometimes even completely disabling it.

There is a free, downloadable version available, but it has minimal features. To get the most out of the software, you must pay $48 for the full version.

The final negative worth pointing out is the fact Lavasoft has not participated in independent testing conducted by AV Test. Without this, it is difficult for a customer, or anyone for that matter, to get a clear determination of how effective the software is. Essentially, you have to "take a chance" on it and hope it does what you want it to do. And though customers have largely been satisfied with its performance, there simply isn't a lot of education on the products.

The Bottom Line

Lavasoft products have a slew of useful features. Those features do have some glitches, though, so take caution. If you need a full menu of antivirus, anti-malware solutions, there are certainly competitors on the market that have what Lavasoft has, without the glitches and frustrations. You'll be fine to select Lavasoft, but you're probably best served to look to something else.

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