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Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 456 votes out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.19
  • Total Downloads:
    2,638,750
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 05, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    95.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    0
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #30 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Note: The product Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free has been discontinued and is no longer available for download or use. Download.com offers no downloadable file for this product and presents data on the last available version for informational purposes only.

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

    3.1

    out of 14 votes

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  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 456 votes

    • 5 star 179
    • 4 star 137
    • 3 star 50
    • 2 star 29
    • 1 star 61
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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 XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 95.4MB
File Name EmsisoftAntiMalwareSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,638,750
Downloads Last Week 0
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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