Lavasoft

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Lavasoft
TypePrivate limited company
FoundedGermany (1999)
HeadquartersGothenburg, Sweden
ProductsAd-Aware
Lavasoft Digital Lock
Lavasoft File Shredder
Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox
Websitewww.lavasoft.com
 
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Lavasoft
TypePrivate limited company
FoundedGermany (1999)
HeadquartersGothenburg, Sweden
ProductsAd-Aware
Lavasoft Digital Lock
Lavasoft File Shredder
Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox
Websitewww.lavasoft.com

Lavasoft is a software development company that produces anti‐spyware software,[1] including Ad‐Aware.

The company offers a free, downloadable version of Ad‐Aware titled Ad‐Aware Free Antivirus+ and three commercial versions called, Ad‐Aware Personal Security, and Ad-Aware Pro Security.[2] Other Lavasoft products include Lavasoft Digital Lock, Lavasoft File Shredder, Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox, and Lavasoft Registry Tuner.

Lavasoft’s headquarters has been located in Gothenburg, Sweden, since 2002. Nicolas Stark and Ann-Christine Åkerlund established the company in Germany in 1999 with its flagship Ad-Aware product. Lavasoft was, in January 2011, acquired by the Solaria Fund.[3]

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The Company was acquired in January 2011 by the Solaria Fund, apparently a private equity fund.[3] It was soon discovered that the Fund was actually a cover-up for the entrepreneurs (Daniel Assouline and Michael Dadoun) behind UpClick and Interactive Brands.[4] SC Magazine discovered that Lavasoft had been acquired by the same entrepreneurs who have been accused of selling software that is available for free (such as the free version of AVG anti virus) to unwitting users under the guise of premium support.[5] Somewhat ironically, Assouline and Dadoun used to sell the free version of Lavasoft's security program prior to acquiring the Company itself. This has been well-documented by security consultants such as Dancho Danchev.[6]

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