Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox

Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox
Developed by: Lavasoft
Ranked: 2nd
Overall rating:
Best price: $39.95
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Stephen
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Review

Review summary

Good points Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox review good points

• Feature Packed

• Attractive user interface

• Supports all major browsers

Bad points Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox review bad points

• No email support

• Average PC cleaning

Our verdict

Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox is a very good program and is one you should definitely consider if you plan on purchasing privacy software. It does a good job clearing your computer of any personal information, and comes with some of the most unique features on the market. It is definitely a program you want to check out before you buy a similar program.




Full review

Lavasoft is a computer software company that is known for it's anti-spyware software. It makes many other types as well, and here we take a look at how well it does in the privacy protection game.

Setup

The setup was nothing out of the ordinary. Just download the setup file after purchasing the product for $39.95, and then go through a basic installation. Overall the install will take about 2 minutes to fully complete. The program runs on Windows XP(SP2) and above.

Internet Cleaning

Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox can delete all of your internet cookies and temporary internet files in a few clicks. The program does a great job of deleting all internet activity and supports every major web browser on the market. It definitely competes with the best in this department.

PC Cleaning

Files that aren't web-related can also be easily cleaned with Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox. Putting offline files through the shredder insures that there will be no trace of those files behind that can obtained by threats. You can even use a US Army-grade algorithm for your shreds. However, offline cleaning might be this only programs weak point, as many other programs will take care of a more wide array of file types for you automatically.

Safety

The program won't mess with any of your important files. So as long as you stick to the basics and don't accidentally shred an important file, you should be good to go. One feature missing from this program is the ability to exclude certain cookies from a shred. So if you want to delete most of your cookies except a select few, you will have to do it manually.

Features

File Shredder – The file deletion for this program is only average because it doesn't have as many categories that can be grouped for deletion. For example, other programs will be able to delete all your deleted emails, computer history, and others, all with one click. This program doesn't have too many categories, so if you want a certain set of files gone, you will have to manually delete them through the program.

Encryption/Decryption – Files can be encrypted so no person can possibly view your file and see exactly what it contains. If you have an important file that you need hidden, you can encrypt the file to be unreadable by a human being. Files can then be decrypted by the program to return it to normal.

Secure send – When sending a file through email, you can have the program encrypt the email so it's safe and secure when sent. Also, files can be locked with a password. So if you're putting a private file on a USB drive, you can make have it password protected just in case it's lost or stolen.

Ease of use

Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox isn't the most simple program to use, but they give a nice description of every single feature so you know what you're using. Novice PC users may not have the easiest time with this program, but they should be able to manage themselves and get the job done. The interface looks organized on the outside, but once you get deeper in it becomes a little more difficult to manage.

Help & support

If you have any problems with the program, you can click the help tab which will take you to a page where you can view the product manual, or go to the support page on the product website. There is 24 hour phone support and an FAQ page. It's nice to see phone support because many competitors do not offer the same service.

Overall

Lavasoft Priacy Toolbox is an overall great privacy software program. It has some great features like safe sending and file encryption, and it will definitely completely rid of any and all files you choose to get rid of. These unique features alone make the program worth checking out. Buy with confidence.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 3 for Setup
Internet cleaning
 received a rating of 3 for Internet cleaning
PC cleaning
 received a rating of 4 for PC cleaning
Safety
 received a rating of 4 for Safety
Features
 received a rating of 3 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support