a2service.exe - running for no reason?

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  1. ChrisBUK

    ChrisBUK Registered Member

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    a2service.exe seems to be running 24/7. I know this is to do with A-Squared, but am I right in thinking that the free version of A2 does not offer real-time protection?
    Why does this need to be running 24/7 then? and if it doesn't need to, is there a way to stop it from running?

    I just don't like having processes running without a reason. :)
     
  2. rolarocka

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    i use the free version too and i kill a2service.exe in the task manager after using a-squared. no negative effects so far... it then starts again automatic when u use a-squared.
     
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    Thanks. I should have used the search function before. :oops:
    I found one guy fixed it by setting the service to manual, but how do I do that?
     
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    It's required for scanning under a limited user account or under Windows Vista
     
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    IIRC, it was installed a few months ago following a large program update to version 3. The reasons were explained here, and at the emsi software forum.
    At the time there was a bit of furore, because quite a lot of the AS offerings were going this route, for their free demand scanners; it was perceived as understandable for a resident, but not for a demand.
    A2 did it. AVG AS did it. AdAware2007 did it. (I think SAS didn'tdidit, nor Spybot.)
    The usage of the service was rather small in A2's case, a little larger in AVG's case, and whooping in AdAware's case. (I think AVG's is smaller, now.)
    I ended up getting rid of AdAware, but keeping A2 and AVG. Don't mind the service running. Matter of fact, don't even notice it.
     
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    Administrative tools (control panel) > services > find the service, right-click, choose properties > set "auto" to "manual" > apply. On reboot, the service will not start up until you open A2.
     
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    A2 needs the latest Malware signatures, by setting it to manual, you may not get them!
     
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    He's using the free version, which has no real-time protection, and therefore only needs to be updated when opening.
     
  10. ChrisBUK

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    Thanks, thats fixed it. :cool:
     
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    You're welcome...
     
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    I may be wrong, but doesn't killing "a2service.exe" also disable its ability to do a right-click scan?
     
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    Disabling the a2service will disable the ability to do a right click scan.

    Setting the service to 'Manual' won't. When you right click on a file/folder to scan with A-squared, it will start the service.
     
  14. jtcst

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    You can try the a-squared online scanner. Same detection rate and no service running.
     
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