The main purpose of the digital certificate is to ensure that the application belongs to the entity to which the certificate was issued. The Lavasoft Limited digital certificate does not guarantee that a signed application is safe to run, but rather informs the user that the software was digitally signed by Lavasoft Limited and verified by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA).
Lavasoft is a software development company that produces anti‐spyware software, 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. 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 Akerlund established the company in Germany in 1999 with its flagship Ad-Aware product. Lavasoft was, in January 2011, acquired by the Solaria Fund. www.lavasoft.com