a-squared Anti-Malware is an all-purpose security product developed by the Emsi Software company. This product provides effective protection not only against most spyware and adware threats, but also against other dangerous security and privacy risks such as trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, rootkits, worms and dialers.
The application performed very well in our tests. It was tested on several computers including badly infected machines and absolutely clean systems. a-squared Anti-Malware correctly identified and removed the larger part of installed parasites bypassing only a few insignificant objects.
The program thoroughly checks the Windows registry, running processes, web browser cookies and the entire file system. It also scans in compressed files (Zip, RAR and Cab archives) and NTFS Alternate Data Streams (often used by rootkits). It should be noted that most a-squared Anti-Malware rivals never search for parasites so deeply. Furthermore, the application implements heuristic analysis to detect unknown, emerging threats. All these features allow a-squared Anti-Malware to identify and remove the most sophisticated threats that even some antiviruses cannot find.
a-squared Anti-Malware is updated on a regular basis. Its large malware definitions database currently contains over 447,000 pest signatures.
The application's scanner offers four scan modes. Quick Scan is the quickest (up to 2 minutes), as the system is scanned only for running malware. Smart Scan is the most balanced. It usually takes up to 40 minutes, but provides reliable results. However, only important system folders are being scanned. Deep Scan should be used in case when the system is badly infected. This mode is the most thorough, but also the longest – it can take more than one hour to complete. For advanced users a-squared Anti-Malware provides fourth scan mode – Custom Scan. It can be fully customized by the user.
a-squraed Anti-Malware comes with an effective real-time monitoring system based on unique malware detection techniques. The program's real-time guard runs in background and automatically stops active spyware, adware, worms, backdoors, dialers, rootkits and other malicious parasites.
The program also includes an extremely useful tool called HiJackFree. This utility allows viewing and editing system startup lists, usually inaccessible through standard system utilities, managing various plug-ins and installed services, getting detailed information on running processes and network connections.
The application is translated into 11 languages. The fully functional trial version is available. It expires after 30 days. The official web site is www.emsisoft.com. Purchases are made via reputable services using secure connection.