A-squared anti-virus?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by valnar, Mar 1, 2010.

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  1. valnar

    valnar Registered Member

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    I see A-squared now considers themself an antivirus if you buy the live version (a-squared Anti-Malware?). Would anyone recommend running this in addition to a traditional antivirus, or something else like Malwarebytes running in the background? Is it a good antivirus?

    I'm trying to build my arsenal of programs to have loaded, and programs that keep running in the background. Right now, I just use A-squared Free.
     
  2. kasperking

    kasperking Registered Member

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    well because it has Ikarus Anti-Virus engine with a-squared Anti-Spyware
    many here use it

    well it is subject to FP's

    well good luck...ideally its better to have single realtime av/as running
     
  3. Saraceno

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    Run it on its own and you'll be fine. Has behaviour monitoring built-in, which can also be downloaded as a stand-alone program, known as 'mamutu'.
     
  4. icr

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    If you will be using the free version then you can add any traditional real-time AV.

    It is a good AV it has good detection rates but as kasperking said you also have to deal with FPs:)
     
  5. valnar

    valnar Registered Member

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    The reason for my post is I don't see it reviewed at places like av-comparatives.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  6. kjdemuth

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    It costs money to be placed in such tests. I'm assuming that A-squared wants to be judged on its own merits and not in a standard test venue. Detection is top notch and the behavior blocking is great. If you can filter through some FP's, it's a great Av/AM.
     
  7. JerryM

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    The problem is that many/most of us have no way to judge "its own merits." I one uses an AV for years and does not get infected does that indicate that it is one of the greatest, or that the user is a safe surfer, and uses his head?

    Personally I'll judge it when it is tested by AVC. In the meantiime I will just keep on using others that have been tested and proven.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
  8. Saraceno

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    Friend's system last night had a popular free AV program installed. System was running very slow but he performed a couple of full scans. Took a look at the startup programs, services etc, couldn't find the problem.

    Didn't think it was malware as the AV is one of my picks. Installed and ran a-squared free, and a deep scan found rogues (which weren't running in system tray), trojan droppers, trojans, the works. I checked each file to make sure it was malicious.

    Removed all, and system is running like a charm. 400 per cent boost in speed. lol Use it and you'll see how strong a-squared is.

    Edit - Jerry, you won't need it as you're running Kaspersky. :)
     
  9. markcc

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    I'm running A-Squared on this laptop. I've only had it on a few weeks however my first impressions are very good. I think it's well worth a try if you are looking for a paid a/v. I have not encountered any fp's at this point.
     
  10. Gren

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    Been running it on my laptop for a few months now (running alongside Online Armor paid) - replaced NOD32 which was really starting to slow things down especially at startup.

    Only had one FP which was last week on a deep scan. Quaranteened the offender and moved on. 4 days later an A2 pop-up told me that they had reclassified it to an FP and to click ok to restore it to its proper place.

    So, 1 FP in a few months use and even that resolved within a few short days - not bad.
     
  11. kjdemuth

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    I concur. OA paid and A-squared are a great combo. I rounded it out with either geswall or defensewall.
     
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