Security Software Privacy a-squared Free

a-squared Free 4.5.0.27 for Windows

by Emsi Software GmbH

Avg. Rating 3.1 (129 votes)

File Details

File Size 78.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 10,206
Publisher Emsi Software GmbH
Homepage a-squared Free

Publisher's Description

a-squared Free scans the computer for malicious software (Malware). The term Malware describes Trojan Horses, Dialer, Worms, Spyware and others. a-squared Free is specialized in finding and removing them securely. The disk scan checks all files on your disks for Malware. The scanner also scans for Spyware Traces and Tracking Cookies. The included Memory Scan detects Malware immediately without the need to scan the whole harddisk to make a quick security check. Currently more than 440,000 different types of Malware can be removed. After the scan has finished you can select which Malware files you want to remove automatically. Free daily online updates provides best protection against Malware. Secure your PC and stop hackers now.

Latest Reviews

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed v4.5.0.27 on Mar 19, 2010

This program shows too many falsepositives.

I have complained to EMSI about f.ex that all startfiles for each addon of Sims 2 is flagged as highrisk malware. The only response i get is that they will look in to it. That was almost a year ago. Still this files are flagged as malware.

In the freeware there is no realtime protection. The a-squared service can therefore be set to MANUAL. Have complained to EMSI about this as well, no response at all.

This is NOT a program for beginners !

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.5.0.21 on Oct 8, 2009

TOO Many False Positives....... Great tool to scare your friends with

YoungOldies

YoungOldies reviewed v4.5.0.21 on Oct 7, 2009

WOW! A new batch of False Positives !

Thanks a lot !!!

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.5.0.11 on Aug 25, 2009

Still good, but I'm changing to Avira, due to better virus detection ;)

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.0.0.46 on May 2, 2009

Awesome !!!
The best detection of all tools like I see in tests ;)

but care of false alarms and false positives like in all programs...

gehtnix

gehtnix reviewed v4.0.0.38 on Feb 11, 2009

on my gaming-leeching-try-out-freeware machine which i also use for surfing here and there (sometimes WOT can't stop me opening a site) i recently decided to scan the whole thing.
congratulations said spybot, no threads found.
eeeeek! said asquared, 447 threads found, over 10 of them calssified as viruses,
the rest was malware, badware, adware madware.
i know that this program is not perfect either and sometimes shows up false alarms. anyway i rate this "5"
concerning spybot i am a bit confused now, as this one was one of my favourite tools in the past. hmmmm...

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

I'm giving this a five really for the paid version.

The software is extremely thorough and provides excellent real time protection with little annoyance except for a flag to say what it blocked.

Standa.Holecek

Standa.Holecek reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

very good malware moore than 4 years i use it!

The_Blinded

The_Blinded reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

This new version is very great!

Amdis

Amdis reviewed v3.5.0.25 on Oct 14, 2008

To pohlman: A-squared is very good, yes you may get FP's at times. Although since i installed it(Which is now almost 5 months) and started using it i only did get 2 False possitives, while when i used Threatfire i got 5 FP's in a period of 2 months.(Which is weird actualy?)

Yes to you it isn't good, but to call it worst because it isn't fast and can give you a FP, doesn't do credit to how good it actualy is. I use it in combination with Spybot SD and i am extremely happy with the results. :)

Avg. Rating 3.1 (129 votes)
Your Rating
nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed v4.5.0.27 on Mar 19, 2010

This program shows too many falsepositives.

I have complained to EMSI about f.ex that all startfiles for each addon of Sims 2 is flagged as highrisk malware. The only response i get is that they will look in to it. That was almost a year ago. Still this files are flagged as malware.

In the freeware there is no realtime protection. The a-squared service can therefore be set to MANUAL. Have complained to EMSI about this as well, no response at all.

This is NOT a program for beginners !

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.5.0.21 on Oct 8, 2009

TOO Many False Positives....... Great tool to scare your friends with

YoungOldies

YoungOldies reviewed v4.5.0.21 on Oct 7, 2009

WOW! A new batch of False Positives !

Thanks a lot !!!

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.5.0.11 on Aug 25, 2009

Still good, but I'm changing to Avira, due to better virus detection ;)

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.0.0.46 on May 2, 2009

Awesome !!!
The best detection of all tools like I see in tests ;)

but care of false alarms and false positives like in all programs...

gehtnix

gehtnix reviewed v4.0.0.38 on Feb 11, 2009

on my gaming-leeching-try-out-freeware machine which i also use for surfing here and there (sometimes WOT can't stop me opening a site) i recently decided to scan the whole thing.
congratulations said spybot, no threads found.
eeeeek! said asquared, 447 threads found, over 10 of them calssified as viruses,
the rest was malware, badware, adware madware.
i know that this program is not perfect either and sometimes shows up false alarms. anyway i rate this "5"
concerning spybot i am a bit confused now, as this one was one of my favourite tools in the past. hmmmm...

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

I'm giving this a five really for the paid version.

The software is extremely thorough and provides excellent real time protection with little annoyance except for a flag to say what it blocked.

Standa.Holecek

Standa.Holecek reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

very good malware moore than 4 years i use it!

The_Blinded

The_Blinded reviewed v4.0.0.21 on Dec 17, 2008

This new version is very great!

Amdis

Amdis reviewed v3.5.0.25 on Oct 14, 2008

To pohlman: A-squared is very good, yes you may get FP's at times. Although since i installed it(Which is now almost 5 months) and started using it i only did get 2 False possitives, while when i used Threatfire i got 5 FP's in a period of 2 months.(Which is weird actualy?)

Yes to you it isn't good, but to call it worst because it isn't fast and can give you a FP, doesn't do credit to how good it actualy is. I use it in combination with Spybot SD and i am extremely happy with the results. :)

pohlman

pohlman reviewed v3.5.0.25 on Jun 13, 2008

The absolute worst I've encountered yet. It found about a dozen false positives before I mercy-killed it. This took about half an hour and it wasn't halfway through scanning as it dragged my system to a virtual halt. Positively worthless in every respect. Does it catch real problems? Who knows.

bellgamin

bellgamin reviewed v3.5.0.25 on Jun 9, 2008

A-squared-Free is a superb on-demand scanner for trojans, worms, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits, etc. The program's database is huge. It is updated very often. The scanning engine is fast, stable, and effective.

This is an *aggressive* scanner, from the standpoint that it analyzes behavior as well as signatures. Thus it gives excellent protection against zero-day malware.

Although A-squared's aggressiveness gives added defense, compared with other types of scanners, it also carries a price in terms of False Positives (FP).

Thus, a potential user must assess whether A-squared is a good choice for him, based on his personal answers to the following 2 questions...

1- How *bad* would it be if your computer was compromised so that your personal data, private records, etc. could be stolen?

2- How "risky" are your normal habits in using your computer?

If your personal records are highly sensitive, &/or your computer habits are highly risky, then A-squared is a bloody good scanner to have on your computer.

BOTTOM LINE- For some folks (such as me), A-squared is a 5, & for others it isn't -- it all depends on your personal needs and situation.

rcglidden

rcglidden reviewed v3.1.0.20 on Jan 11, 2008

One of the best Malware scanners available, for free or otherwise. I've used it very often, on different computers and never had a false positive!

Any scanner is going to detect tracking cookies, so don't complain about that..jeez!

Easy to use, doesn't hurt the eyes, and detects things other scanners don't.

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v3.0.0.357 on Oct 16, 2007

False positives arn't good.

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed v3.0.0.357 on Sep 1, 2007

Incredible number of false positives. Came up with a few dlls that I wasn't sure about, so I ran them through Virus Total, all 30+ scanning engines showed them to be clean.

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