Yeah, I'm not sure what the deal is with KProbe. Maybe they feel it devalues their Plextor branded drives and Plexutilities? Like you said, there are a lot of better tools out there now. I've even stopped using it for reviews. As far as LtnSSD goes, its actually a very useful tool. As far as I know, its currently the only way to do a secure erase of a PLDS SSD outside of booting into Linux and using something like Parted Magic. Would be nice if they made a more consumer friendly utility available like OCZ and some others do.
Anyway, here was our response:
Dear Mr. Huang,
After consulting with our legal team, we’ve decided to remove LtnSSD from the download section of our website. With KProbe advertising itself as being “free and public software” we will not be removing it at this time. We understand that this “tool” was written by one of Lite-On’s employees. However, it has been publicly available for years and can be downloaded from thousands of websites.
Hopefully our removal of LtnSSD will satisfy your demands. If not, we look forward to hearing from you so that we can settle this amicably.