Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free)

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free)

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.19
  • Total Downloads:
    2,635,163
  • Date Added:
    October 05, 2011
  • File Size:
    95.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    441
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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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  • Current Version

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    out of 455 votes

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1 stars

"A TERRIBLE Bundled Software Package w/ Viruses attached"

August 19, 2014  |  By Kuklapolitan

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

There are NONE!

Cons

This software comes bundled with many additional software programs and browser helpers, etc. that downloads in spite of the fact that you've declined it all! I have always maintained that great software doesn't need to hide its presence in other software and should stand alone so you can choose it...not be hoodwinked into it! You can use Add/Delete programs to get rid of most of this junk but istart123 or the same program under a different name will remain on your system without it showing up in any file. Don't believe it? Look it up using a search and on YouTube. Be very careful with this one!

Summary

Just don't do it. It will take you days to get rid of all the software that they bundle in with their own. I declined EVERY one and all still downloaded. The most dastardly of all is a browser hijacker named "istart123." that will continually creep into your system and alter everything from your start page to recording your buying habits and gain personal info about you. It is almost impossible to rid your system of it once it is there without rolling it back.

Updated on Aug 22, 2014

The review contained herein has one glaring error in it. The fault of the extra applications or programs that are downloaded along with Emsisoft are not the fault of this company. This is in direct relationship to where you download this program from. CNET is to blame in this since it is their down-loader that is responsible for these additions! DO NOT download any program from anywhere other than the manufacturer/vendor site itself....the OFFICIAL site. All other down-loaders are fitted with unnecessary and unwanted software. Do not think that declining this added software will always work. It will not! I have just spent the better part of 3 days recovering my computer and I am not done yet! Emsisoft has graciously consented to helping me correct the errors the down-loading of this software from CNET has caused! I am sorry to say that this is how CNET and other sites pay for their space and usage, among other things, of the Internet. Don't be caught off guard!

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3 stars

"This prom has potential."

March 16, 2014  |  By THE TRUTH TELLER

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Blocks malicious websites much like malwarebytes.

Cons

Takes way to long to to update and scan boy go out to dinner catch a movie and maybe when you get back it will be done and that instance is on a rig with very little data. A rig with a lot of data you may as well go on vacation.

To many false positives and slow scans and updates that take forever makes this program sub par.

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2 stars

"Doesn't find anything, ever."

March 19, 2013  |  By ckcomodo

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Updated; no out-of-pocket cost; appears to be through examining most every file in computer.

Cons

Takes forever to load, update, run. Seems tio use up CPUs. In many runs has NEVER found a suspicious file--maybe I am protected enough. Spybot, SUPERantispyware,etc., even malywarebytes find at least a few nasties requiring nuking from time to time.

Summary

Chews up space and time; uninstalled here.

Updated on Aug 20, 2013

Update Aug. 20, 2013. Tried new version. It refused to install (blocked by antimalware?) Let's call this a one-star.

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5 stars

"It WORKS! Removed the Trojan.Agent svhost.exe. YAY!"

February 24, 2013  |  By PlayerCrazy

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Free EMSISOFT ANTI-MALWARE will detect and remove the stubborn Trojan.Agent svhost.exe and other Trojans, viruses, etc. I had tried everything and only EMSISOFT worked. My computer is virus free. I did a lot of research, before finding a software that I could trust. Always use an Antivirus software along with an Anti-Malware to keep your computer safe from attacks.

Cons

Slow scanning while doing a deep scan, but that's the whole idea. Isn't it?
To keep it, you have to pay...oh, well...It's WORTH it!
Update it, if it needs it...my computer was full of Trojans from a crazy guy that, wanted to spy on me. So, the updates and slowness was worth it.

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1 stars

"Vapor ware?"

August 07, 2012  |  By crsecon

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Who knows?

Cons

Takes forever to load. Takes forever to update. Takes forever to run. Never finds anything. When a new version becomes available, must remove old version entirely, fine, but in the time several universes appearand die doing THAT, no installer ever appears for the newer version you thought was going to download and it is as if it had been unfriended off windows permanently.

Summary

NO THANK YOU> MY TIME IS WORTH SOME SMALL PITTANCEWASTED HERE< YOU KNOW.

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2 stars

"Way too many false positives"

August 04, 2012  |  By MollyFlan83

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

To quote another reviewer, it installs.

Cons

Quantity of finds do not equate to quality of results. Emsisoft software has a reputation for too many false positives and that is true in this version as well. I took it for a test drive on my newer, malware-free computer and it found a list of problems, all related to cookies or the registry and none that could not have been removed by emptying the browser cache (cookies) and the others were non-harmful or needed registry keys.

Summary

Be careful what you allow this program to remove.

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5 stars

"Best free malware scanner &#38; remover"

August 03, 2012  |  By cnetguy7

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

-quick
-stable, doesn't crash unlike malwarebytes
-excellent detection & removal
-removed infections that AVG, Avast, Malwarebytes failed to remove.

Cons

none I could find

Summary

Almost on par with hitmanpro which btw uses Emsisoft & Ikarus engine.
Hitmanpro free only scans the system, doesn't remove the malware.

Updated on Aug 5, 2012

EDIT: REPLY TO NEW REVIEW.

I used it on two different laptops XP & VISTA and had ZERO false positives although I will admit both systems were clean of tracking cookies as I had used Ccleaner before the scan. Reporting cookies as adware is NO big deal! HITMAN PRO does it too. As long as it doesn't affect system critical files which in my experience on two different versions of windowsit didn't, I'm OK with it.

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5 stars

"The Big Kahuna of Scanners"

July 13, 2012  |  By Marksill

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

This is a must have if you are heavily infected, this is one of the best scanner/removers for malware. This is one of the most sophisticated scanners and is not a Resident protection. It is as close to Kaspersky as you can get.

Cons

Nothing negative, besides the updates may take longer than expected. The scan is incredibly slow, but its because it's a very huge database of possible infections.

Summary

Use if heavily infected.

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2 stars

"No real time protection"

April 12, 2012  |  By PHILX

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Good detection rate

Cons

Like Malwarebytes, no real time protection.

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4 stars

"Ok scanner and remover."

January 20, 2012  |  By The1980

 |  Version: Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free (Previously A-squared Free) 5.1.0.19

Pros

Scanner and remover.

Cons

"Protect your PC from harmful threats", they cannot say this unless it has realtime protection which the free version does not have.

Summary

It does not protect, it removes. Once you're infected and the malware has done it is suppose to do, whats the point of this remover being protecting the system? They should change the link describtion.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Emsisoft
Publisher web site http://www.emsisoft.com/
Release Date October 05, 2011
Date Added October 05, 2011
Version 5.1.0.19
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 95.4MB
File Name EmsisoftAntiMalwareSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,635,163
Downloads Last Week 441
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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