Free ATs A squared vs Ewido

Discussion in 'other anti-trojan software' started by JerryM, Nov 29, 2005.

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    I am using Ewido paid version. However, I know a college student who is not very flush with cash. She bought a computer from a friend and it is so full of malware that it is not working, or so she said. She might take it to a shop who will get it going again for $50.

    I downloaded several AV, AT, and AS programs and put them on a CD so she could put them on her computer, a laptop, without having to download them with a phone connection.

    In considering an AT which of the two, Ewido or A squared, offers the best features/protection in the free version? I am under the impression that neither provides real time protection, but only scans on demand.

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  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    They both offer good detection but they work just a little different from each other. It really is not a bad idea to have both of them. they don't conflict with each other and they will pick up things the other may miss.
     
  3. JerryM

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    Thanks, and that sounds like a good idea.

    Jerry
     
  4. Mongol

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    Since they are both free why not both?. For a free stand by scanner you can't beat Ewido with its wide array of different scans but either one is a terrific tool to have on hand...:cool:
     
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    I use both of them free versions as on demand scanners, I still think, the two have some differences in detecting malwares and trojans. ;)
     
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  6. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    I agree with all the above -- why use one when two will work together?

    However, in this era of rootkits, it is VERY desirable, I think, to make a fervent effort to prevent a trojan from getting into your computer in the first place. On-demand checks are helpful, but I do hope you have security programs with real-time monitors that are *good* at spotting trojans, worms, etc. Otherwise...:eek:
     
  7. BOClean

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    where can i get the free version of ewido?
    thx
     
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    Hi to all of you
    I just want to say that I am another Ewido supporter!!
    I paid for the real time protection which I think is a MUST!! :thumb:
    Best regards
    Yannis
    :)
     
  10. SwordOfSecurity

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    i agree with what the previous posts say...having both (which i have) is a great combination! but relating back to the main topic, these are my views on both of them:

    ewido: ewido is more or less a great spyware & adware scanner to me with decent trojan detection. its interface, setup, scanning options, detection, etc. are great, giving it a nice amount of flexibility, yet ewido still seems more of a antispyware scanner for me ever since i've used it. still, i like it a lot and it is one of the best on-demand scanners i use.

    a squared: this AT is quite new, yet i really like the way its real-time protection (available in pro version only) and detection works. for me, it will always be seen as an effective, true AT program out there due to previous use. however, since it is relatively new, its interface still seems a lot more simplistic and its flexibility and setup (especially with the free version) is quite limited. also, a few minor features need to be added in which are coming up until both the free and pro versions (mostly the free one) can be fully appreciated, so a squared isn't anything too fancy in its current state.

    but anyway, i use both as on-demand scanners and in routine computer checkup scans, and they work great together.
     
  11. TopperID

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    According to this, in the near future the free version of A2 will no longer be updateable, instead it will become a standalone product, complete with signatures, that you do not need to install:-

    http://forum.emsisoft.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=29

    Everytime you want to scan you will have to D/L the complete package to ensure you have the latest sigs.:cautious:

    That's strage, I always thought of ewido as more or less a great anti-trojan with decent spyware and adware detection.:D

    A difference in perception obviously.:rolleyes:
     
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    Wow! A-squared is going to get flack because of that. Gaaah, what a pain, a large download for one scan. Its not good enough to buy IMO(just my opinion, no offense to those who like it)

    Alphalutra1
     
  13. SwordOfSecurity

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    yeah...i read that too and its horrible what they're turning a squared free into--a basic tiny tool. lots of bad comments have been posted about that last time i checked, and i can tell you a lot of people will probably not use a squared anymore due to this annoyance and downgrade. looks like a sqaured is degrading while ewido continues to advance--in fact, its already won me over :rolleyes::thumb:
     
  14. hollywoodpc

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    A Squared is NOT new .
    And Alpha , yep . Looks like they are about to lose a whole lot of support .:cool:
     
  15. nicM

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    The more surprising is that they're trying to crush a fly with a bulldozer, doing that :cautious: : when they first talked about this on their forum, all was about how to replace the online registration of free A squared, which prevented lots of people to get it working when they were infected, as malware prevented them to reach A squared site.

    Now, OK, you're sure to be able to use it, but why didn't they just remove the registration proceeding? o_O Ad-aware works without registration, Ewido does, as every other software: why on the Earth didn't they simply adapt this method, that's something I can't understand. :ouch:

    Cheers,
    nicM
     
  16. mercurie

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    No offense taken.

    I use the free version as a scanner along with BoClean on the family machine. It will be uninstalled when they go to the load the entire thing each and everytime. Bye-Bye A2ed ...:p
     
  17. bellgamin

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    GOOD news!

    A-squared's forum has a thread HERE that is discussing a couple of POSSIBLE future changes to their products as follows...

    #1- To change the name of the paid version of A-squared so as to include the words "Anti-Malware Suite"

    #2- To make the free version NON-updateable.

    A response was posted saying that (1) use of the term "suite" might have unfavorable inferences, and (2) making the free version NON-updateable could cause a lot of ill feelings & bad public relations.

    One of A-squared's Administrators (named Christian Mairoll) replied in part as follows...
    BOTTOM LINE- The free version of A-squared will remain free AND updateable. Also, it seems evident that the paid version of A-squared will have "Anti-Malware" as part of its name.

    I am VERY happy to report that the A-squared organization does solicit and LISTEN to the views of its current & potential users.

    aloha..... bellgamin
     
  18. Alphalutra1

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    Great news bellgamin :D ! i was just about to ditch a-squared after I learned about the late bad news. Pretty sweet that a company listens to the users comments and takes them very close to heart. I might purchase the product yet.

    Alphalutra1
     
  19. hollywoodpc

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    This is good news . HOWEVER . They continue to run behind Ewido ! Now the name thing . Notice Ewido did the name change a month or two ago . A Squared will have , basically , the same name . Lol . My goodness .
     
  20. Alphalutra1

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    I noticed that too hollywoodpc. I kind of chuckled to my self last night:p . The nice thing about a-squared is that its IDS is pretty sweet, while ewido lacks real-time heuristics. However, ewido is superior in every other aspect except older windows os support.

    Alphalutra1
     
  21. hollywoodpc

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    I agree !
    This is why I use Ewido as an on demand .
     
  22. Andreas Haak

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    Pictures say more than words ...

    http://blog.emsisoft.com
    http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9207/as3bi.png

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=111485
    http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7308/ew7bh.png

    Just to add that Anti-Malware is not a name of a specific application. Its a name of a software category just like Anti-Virus is.
     
  23. hollywoodpc

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    ah .
    No kiddin' !!! And your point would be ?
     
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