This actually happened back in late November, and a letter went out to me (i.e. licensed Lavalys EVEREST user) advising that Lavalys had been acquired by Finalwire.
Furthermore, the remarkable EVEREST product which I'd been using for years was being withdrawn (i.e. "killed") as part of the acquisition.
Instead, current EVEREST licensees were being given free licenses to Finalwire's hardware monitoring product named AIDA64
. I upgraded and received such a license key, if I had any desire to actually use this AIDA64 product.
Quite frankly, I have NO desire to use AIDA64. The reason I use EVEREST (and will now obviously just continue to use its last and final 5.50 version forever or as long as I keep my current hardware, as a "legacy" product, as it works perfectly well with my two current PC's and maybe also even with future hardware I might move to) is because of its OSD presentation. This little window (completely customizable) sits in a small piece of screen real estate
and is very attractive and useful. There is also a System Tray icon flyover option for values display but I don't use it, being perfectly satisfied with the OSD window.
As best I can tell, AIDA64 may be a fine product but it does NOT have a similar OSD window feature. Personally, that's exactly what I WANT from a hardware monitor... something visual, on my screen 100% of the time, with optional alarm settings to alert me if something's non-functioning (like a fan, or a power supply). As it looks to me AIDA64 does none of this (but maybe I'm just put off by the web site presentation of the product and maybe it really does do these things, though I think not).
So, R.I.P. Everest!!! You were (and still are) the program I will use. I've used it ever since Motherboard Monitor 5 went out of existence some years back, and will continue to use it indefinitely into the future... as long as it still works on my machines.
I don't know what the Finalwire people were thinking when they "bought up their competition and then killed the product", since AIDA64 seems to be a very different product from EVEREST.
Why not sell both??? You just bought out Lavalys... why not offer both products???