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A-Squared

CNET Editors' review

A-Squared Free seems to have worked out many of its major quirks, and has become a top-notch free malware remover.

When the program starts, it opens to the Security Status page. From there, you can run scans, update the program, access the A-Squared knowledge base and choose from among 20 display languages. Program options are arranged on the left nav: the aforementioned Security Status, Scan PC, Quarantine, and Configuration tabs. Scan PC contains four scanning options: Quick, Smart, Deep, and Custom. Obviously, Quick Scan is the fastest and most superficial, while the Deep Scan can take several hours.

If you choose a scan that examines your cookies, the app will recommend closing your Web browser. Custom lets you choose not only which folders to scan, but also lets you opt out of heuristic, tracking cookie, and spyware remnant scans. There is also a Whitelist where you can add folders or files, accessible at the bottom of the main Scan tab panel. The Quarantine tab uses a spreadsheet-style layout to manage isolated files, and the Configuration tab has options for Context menu scans, Update behavior, and Permissions settings.

There's an annoying design quirk, where important options like the Whitelist are placed in the bottom left of the active panel. But for an antimalware program that's free and doesn't install its own spyware on your machine, A-Squared 3 is the place to be.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 454 votes

    • 5 star: 179
    • 4 star: 137
    • 3 star: 50
    • 2 star: 29
    • 1 star: 59
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 74 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is SPYWARE; Remove from your Computer!!!"

    February 12, 2010  |   By jdesalvo

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    Nice user interface, that?s IT

    Cons

    CCorrupts registry; program runs even after the registry keys have been deleted, processes can?t be stopped, locks you out of your account

    Summary

    Online Armor Free (Firewall) and A-Squared Free Online Armor Personal Firewall Bundle; I believe that the two programs to be spyware/viruses.
    I installed A-Squared and it:
    1. Caused my computer to crash, continuous reboot.
    a. I had to perform a repair to get into my account.
    2. Locked me out of ?My Accounts? in the control panel; I could not view, add, change or delete any accounts.
    3. The program could not be uninstalled under any circumstances.
    4. The processes/services could not be stopped under any circumstances.
    a. In msconfig the services associated with the program could not be stopped even when deselected; the processes started even when deselected in the startup tab.
    b. When I deleted the registry keys; the services and two processes ran even when their associated registry keys were deleted.
    5. I had to reinstall Win XP using a repartition and format to get rid of the software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It"s A Keeper!"

    December 28, 2008  |   By Beefitup

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    Better than, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, Windows Defender and Windows Live One Care. Not a single one detected a Trogan, yet I knew something was not right so decided to give "ASquared" a shot and was blown away!

    Cons

    Nothing so far, I plan on keeping this one.

    Summary

    Easy on system resources, scans fast and finds what it's looking for. I definately recommend this product. Since AdAware turned to junk have been searching for so long, glad I found this, It's a real keeper!
    PS: I NEVER go anywhere to look for products outside of CNet, I search by product name or google it and I always search the reviews, If CNet, (downlod.com) has good reviews I try it. I have never went wrong on this site and have never needed to look any further.
    Two thumbs up CNet!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "GREAT"

    April 7, 2008  |   By tzwood

    Version: A-Squared 3

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Definitly Not!"

    March 31, 2008  |   By Dark12313

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    It updates pretty fast and has an unbelievable amount in it's database. Also it is free!

    Cons

    It doesn't have real time protection or automatic anything!

    (Not a good choice for a primary spyware protection.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "absolutely a keeper"

    March 10, 2008  |   By billyjack2

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    Before using this product i tried a few other free spywares including superantispyware, pc doc?, terminater with avg virus and i came across a problem that crashed my computer. After a more than a couple of hours with dell sevices, i decided to switch my arsenal. Downloaded A-squared,Avest,spyblaster, Window Def. and this is by far the best set up. No problemo. Would not go back! A squared updates, everyday, are packed with the latest to help with this ongoing problem of spyware!

    Cons

    NON

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it is a trojan generic software"

    February 28, 2008  |   By rusty_brad

    Version: A-Squared 3

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  • 4.0 stars

    "EXCELLENT SECONDARY MALWARE SCANNER"

    February 25, 2008  |   By johnnydollar4

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    This version (the free version) doesn't have active protection. But it is the same engine as their paid product. It's detection of spyware and adware is excellent. It found a few things that spy sweeper didnt, and I paid 20 bucks for spy sweeper. It is supposed to be a good trojan hunter also, but I dont know I have no trojans on my system.. Great backup scanner to run a couple of times a week. Germans make good software.

    Cons

    No cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program!"

    February 25, 2008  |   By rundmv

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    I feel very safe with this program running, and it feels like a program you would have to pay for; from the interface to the articles-links that allow to keep up-to-date on what is going on in the computer world. I have found very few items so far, but hopefully that is because of safe computer practices on my end, but I like knowing that this program will have my back.

    Cons

    An auto-updater and a scheduler would be nice, but it is free, so I am not going to fault the program for this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Surprise! You have trojans"

    February 19, 2008  |   By Torrecus

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    It's free, but, does it worth it?

    Cons

    I trusted on this software, and I thinked that, combined with the antivirus, my computer was safe. Then I tried Counter Spy, and surprise, I was infected with 2 trojans and 1 Hacker toolkit. So for me, A-Squared is history.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I don't know i can't download it~!"

    February 17, 2008  |   By Chrissychick219

    Version: A-Squared 3

    Pros

    same as step 2!

    Cons

    Same as 3

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