A-Squared

A-Squared

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 455 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3
  • Total Downloads:
    2,627,150
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2007
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    95.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    273
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 74 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 27
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 455 votes

    • 5 star 179
    • 4 star 137
    • 3 star 50
    • 2 star 29
    • 1 star 60
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1 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 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 stars

"GREAT"

April 07, 2008  |  By tzwood

 |  Version: A-Squared 3

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2 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 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 stars

"it is a trojan generic software"

February 28, 2008  |  By rusty_brad

 |  Version: A-Squared 3

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4 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3
Version 3.0.0.357 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Emsisoft
Publisher web site http://www.emsisoft.com/
Release Date July 31, 2007
Date Added July 31, 2007
Version 3
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 95.4MB
File Name EmsisoftAntiMalwareSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,627,150
Downloads Last Week 273
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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