Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Achieves Highest Rating in AV-Comparatives’ 2014 End-of-Year Test Cycle Summary

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Ad-Aware free antivirus software received the Advanced+ rating from AV-Comparatives across three categories, including both File Detection tests

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Lavasoft, makers of Ad-Aware, the world’s No. 1 free antivirus software, announced today it has achieved AV-Comparatives’ highest rating in three of the eight public main test-series conducted throughout 2014. This achievement and Lavasoft’s participation in the annual roundup solidifies the company’s commitment to enhancing its solutions to keep its customers safe online.

At the end of each year, AV-Comparatives releases a summary report commenting on the various antivirus products tested throughout the year, and highlighting the high-scoring products of the various tests. This year, AV-Comparatives reviewed 23 security products, including Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Free Anti-Virus+. All the programs were tested for their ability to protect against real-world Internet threats, identify thousands of recent malicious programs and provide protection without slowing down PCs. Additionally, optional tests checked how well the products could remove malware from an infected PC, block new and unknown threats and protect the user against phishing attacks.

“Online threats are growing at an alarming rate, and many security providers aren’t taking the necessary steps to stay one step ahead of those threats,” said Daniel Assouline, CEO at Lavasoft. “Lavasoft’s participation in AV-Comparatives’ end-of-year review is just one of many ways we’re assessing Ad-Aware’s efficiency and ability to keep our customers protected against online threats. It’s an honor to be included among the top antivirus software providers and to be awarded such strong ratings.”

Lavasoft received the Advanced+ rating in both the March 2014 and September 2014 File Detection Tests, as well as in the April 2014 Antivirus Performance Test. The File Detection Tests assess the ability of antivirus programs to detect malicious files on a system. The test only assesses one anti-malware feature of the programs, but that feature can identify malware attacks from sources other than the Internet and detect malicious files already present on the system. The Performance Tests evaluate the impact of antivirus software on system performance, as programs running in background – such as real-time protection antivirus software – use some percentage of system resources.

“All of the programs tested are from reputable and reliable manufacturers, and even the Standard rating indicates a high-level achievement on our tests,” said Andreas Clementi, CEO at AV-Comparatives. “Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware is a leading antivirus, and we found the strongest features to be its user resources, the extensive choice of interface languages and the option to install it as a secondary scanner.”

Ad-Aware’s Free Anti-Virus+ is software for consumers and includes fast antivirus, legendary antispyware, real-time protection, download protection, safe browsing and gaming mode. Download Ad-Aware today at http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php.

For more information, you can view the full AV-Comparatives 2014 end-of-year test cycle summary.

About Lavasoft
Lavasoft is the maker of Ad-Aware, the world’s No. 1 free antivirus software. Founded in 1999, Lavasoft is the original anti-malware company, creating award-winning, security and privacy software. Born of the belief that online security should be available to everyone, Lavasoft offers millions of users maximum protection for their computers and online identities. With nearly 500 million downloads, its flagship product Ad-Aware has blocked and removed billions of threats, saving consumers from all forms of attacks and malware – including viruses, spyware, adware, phishing and drive-by downloads. Lavasoft is a global company with operations in North America and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.lavasoft.com.

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