A-squared Free

A-squared Free

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 455 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5
  • Total Downloads:
    2,627,150
  • Date Added:
    May 19, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    95.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    273
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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A-Squared Free 4 is one of the better free malware removers, but it's not flawless and some users question its efficacy.

The program starts off with a sluggish detection file update that also requires a program restart. This took about 10 minutes. Normally, though, 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, and they are Security Status, Scan PC, Quarantine, Logs, and Configuration tabs. Scan PC contains four scanning options: Quick, Smart, Deep, and Custom. 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 not only lets you choose which folders to scan, but also lets you opt out of heuristic, tracking-cookie, and spyware-remnant scans. There is also a whitelist, from where you can add folders or files, which is 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. The Quarantine tab has a neat option to rescan quarantined objects after a definition file update.

There's one annoying design quirk: important options like the whitelist are placed in the bottom left of the active panel, making them accessible only by a text link. For a standalone antimalware program that lacks a built-in scheduler and antivirus features, A-Squared Free 4 is a secure choice.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 2
  • 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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4 stars

"It's free, easy, and does what it says. ?"

November 07, 2009  |  By Marian S

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

I've used this product for several years now, and have never had a problem with it.

Cons

It's a little slow, and uses alot of RAM. It's best to run this when you're not trying to do a whole lot else.

Summary

This program has only a few shortcomings (see above).

I run it weekly, as a backup to other s/w programs I use, and it seems to do a good job. The Quarantine feature works well; it even corrects it's own mistakes!

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending A-squared Free to anyone looking for a safe, reliable, easy to use, and best of all free, program. ?

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3 stars

"Quite satisfied with this program"

October 15, 2009  |  By aussiebaron

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

It does exactly what it promises to do and that is "watch my back"...
Of course i use this in conjuction with a number of other security programs.and am satisfied with the job it performs.

Cons

Takes time to load and install..

Summary

Overall, the free version is definately an asset available to all users.
Provided that you have substantial Ram and plenty of empty space i have found it works very comfortably in the background..

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4 stars

"Very good. Found threats AVG Internet Security missed."

October 11, 2009  |  By sherbornealan

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

Thorough scan. Free. Finds where others miss. Good at what it does. Good stand alone scanner for use as and when needed.

Cons

No realtime protection, so best used as and when. Not a substitute for commercial alternatives, but does find things that they miss. Can't fault it really.

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5 stars

"good programe"

October 10, 2009  |  By shortytyke1

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

this takes out what others miss

Cons

not any i have found

Summary

takes out what others miss. I cannot find anything bad to say about thiss. For free software it is great. A lot of software find things that aren't there. Thiss is a great programe to use and easy. Thanks

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2 stars

"It's Had It's Day In The Sun"

October 10, 2009  |  By RRR15er

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

Free, that's about it.

Cons

WAAAAY Too Slow!

Summary

A-Squared used to be really good, but the past year it went straight downhill. It's just ridiculous now. Takes 20 minutes just to download updates and 3 hours to do a full scan! It didn't used to be that way, but in any case, I got rid of it. I LOVE Malwarebytes and I upgraded to the real-time protection because it's worth the $22.50 and I feel better knowing it's going to stop malware BEFORE it gets on my system. And Malwarebytes can run a full scan in 1hr 12min and a quick scan in 7 minutes! I know which product I prefer.

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5 stars

"GREAT PROGRAMME"

October 05, 2009  |  By hogmeister

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

Free,A very thorough Scanner..Easy to use and understand.I use it as my second Malware programme.A-Squared has a very good forum too.

Cons

No Realtime protection,
but hey! it is free after all.

Summary

I downloaded this ages ago and it wasn't so good,but now? A great little programme from the team at A-Squared.Easy to use.Run a thorough deep scan and it found Malware from a game I downloaded in March.Also found Trojan dropper hidden deep in my system.Since that scan a few days ago I ran another one an hour ago and my PC was malware free.
I would recommend this to everyone.

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5 stars

"Great free software."

October 04, 2009  |  By enriquecaliente

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

It does a great job.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

I've used this for two years with other spyware and virus tools, does fit well with my security tools.

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5 stars

"Found a virus "AVG" did not tho I run both"

September 30, 2009  |  By houdeany

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

Quality and I am thankful to those who provide it!

Cons

Wish I did not have to manually use it.

Summary

Love it!

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5 stars

"free, easy to use, great detection."

September 23, 2009  |  By akimel

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

free, very easy to use, it have a great detection rates.
i use a lot of anti - malware \ spyware \ antivirus.
and its one of the best although its free.
and its compatible with any other security software.

Cons

no real time protection.
a bit slow full scan but its worth waiting

Summary

a must have program, dont slow or stuck your PC.
but its have to be used along with a real time protection antivirus.

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5 stars

"best of the best!!!"

September 19, 2009  |  By eguel007

 |  Version: A-squared Free 4.5

Pros

through scan make your computer virus free!!!

Cons

none!!! none!!!none!!!

Summary

i used it more for almost a year and its perfect, i run the simultaneously with kaspersky and the same virus detected, perfect!!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.5
Version 4.5.0.1 features: improved malware detection; scanner fine tuning and bugfixes.
General
Publisher Emsisoft
Publisher web site http://www.emsisoft.com/
Release Date July 20, 2009
Date Added May 19, 2009
Version 4.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
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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