Christmas Giveaway A-squared Anti-Malware

Security software like A-squared Anti-Malware protect the computer system from threats and attacks not only on the Internet but also locally.

Update: Please note that A-Squared Anti-Malware is now known as Emsisoft Anti-Malware. You can check the program's latest performance protection-wise on the www.av-comparatives.org/ website.

Unlike its name might suggest a-squared Anti-Malware makes use of two scan engines to protect, detect and remove trojans, viruses, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers, rootkits and dialers. The software combines the A-squared Anti-Spyware and the Ikarus Anti-Virus engine without the usual disadvantage of increased scanning times.

The installation of a-squared Anti-Malware requires the creation of an account and a somewhat extensive configuration. It is there that various security modules, notification settings and auto update settings are configured. These settings can be later edited in the program's interface.

A-squared Anti-Malware

The program interface displays a left sidebar and a main area that changes depending on the selection in the sidebar. The security software always starts with the Security Status which displays the status of the background guards, the program version, last update, license information and the time and date of the last scan.

a-squared anti-malware

Each background guard can be configured and activated (or deactivated) in this menu. A-squared Anti-Malware uses five background guards of which two are used for scheduled scans and automatic updates. The three other guards are used to scan files on execution, use heuristics to detect unknown malware and surf protection to protect the user from Internet threats.

Where a-squared Anti-Malware really shines are the configuration options for those background guards. The Malware-IDS guard for instance uses heuristics to monitor malicious activity. The configuration of this module allows the user to configure exactly what the intrusion detection system should monitor. It is for instance possible to disable keylogger or hosts file monitoring. This would make sense if another program was installed that would already monitor those areas.

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Those in depth configuration settings are available in other modules as well. The computer user can configure the surf protection guard to block, alert or don't block various threats and hosts on the Internet from ad or tracking hosts to phishing and fraudulent hosts; Each with their own action defined. This is a powerful way of protecting the computer from web surfing threats.

a-squared anti malware surf protection

Another example of this is the on execution scanner which can be configured extensively. It is for example possible to configure application rules to monitor, block or allow specific applications, use the a-Squared community as a guideline to allow or block programs from being executed and even activate paranoid mode which will display a lot of alerts to the user.

Scans are scheduled by default but can be executed manually all the time. Four types of scans are available that range form a quick scan to a deep and custom scan. A quick scan will only scan the active programs and some other locations and files while a deep scan will scan all files on the hard drive. This obviously has an impact on the time it takes to complete the scan.

A-squared Anti-Malware comes with an additional program called a-squared HiJackFree which can be used to display information about processes, ports, autoruns, services, hosts, Windows Explorer add-ons and ActiveX components. The program is available for free at the Emsi Software website and can be very helpful in aiding a manual analysis of specific files.

A 30-day trial of Emsisoft Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the developer's website. It is also possible to download a free version of the security program which does lack the realtime protection.

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Responses to Christmas Giveaway A-squared Anti-Malware

  1. Haider December 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    thank you in advance as i really need this software to solve my problem with a nasty worm W32.Gammima.AG which is causing crashes in my Laptop and i am afraid i might lose it.. i tried all the major AVs without benefit... so please send me the licensce and thank you all Ghacks.com for these fine giveaways

    • Norman Noel December 11, 2009 at 6:57 am #

      i need this

  2. Vandalism^ December 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Right now, I'm using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware unfortunately trial, free avira antivirus in combination with Comodo firewall.Not so bad...

  3. sarah December 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Thank you for this post... i am using NIS 2010, but it failed in certain points so i will benefit from this great software.... please...

  4. hakim December 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    please send me the key... i use BIS 2009

  5. Diana Ringo December 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I currently use Microsoft Security Essentials with the default Windows 7 firewall.

  6. harith December 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    this is a good one ... i ve used the trial version and i would love to have the full version for me... currently i use AVIRA personal ... thanks Ghacks.net

  7. ck December 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    i'm using norton internet security 2010 now..
    thanx...

  8. abusarah December 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    thanks guys... i have missed thier promotion and i really regret it .. i use a trial of NAV 2010.. please give me the lic.

  9. Linu December 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Using zone alarm pro which I got free. Would like to win this. Thanks.

  10. Olga December 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    The Security suite I am using is now Norton IS. This is one highly rated malware scanner. So i would like to win this.thanks.

  11. abeer December 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    i use KIS 2009 and it really bad.. i always have to format my PC as it remove key registry keys when removing malwares... please i need this product

  12. Dragos December 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Now i'm using BDIS 2010, i don't use an anti-malware yet... i hope i will use a-squared Anti-Malware 4.5 from now :)

    P.S.: Sorry for my english... :))

  13. jack December 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    hi.. merry Xmas.. i use Mcafee ... kinda slow?? thanx

  14. wombat December 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    yeah, would really like one of these.
    currently im using the fullpackage of comodo. firewall, av, defense+..

  15. talshl December 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    Please consider me...
    Thanks

  16. dlreed52 December 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    I'm currently using Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus and a-squared free as a backup. I would really like to have a full subscription to the latter, especially after a support snafu I experienced with the former. Thanks.

  17. Hyst December 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    I used comodo CIS with asquared and CIS was better.... at now i used kaspersky suite with comodo firewall and im happy

  18. hader December 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    thanx... please send me the Lic.. i use NIS 2009... thanx

  19. vladimir December 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    thank you for it... give me please .. i need this prog as i use its free version now and i loved it and wish to upgrade

  20. mistermojorizin December 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    i'm currently using avira. would love to get the a-squared license. i hear it's the best.

  21. Ja December 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    danke... i wish to get this program as it is one of my favourite although i use cloud antivirus now... please cosider me

  22. Billy December 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I'm currently using NOD32 AV, and i would like to win this.

  23. Dror December 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    What about me?
    Thanks

  24. Aang December 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I am using a2-Squared Anti-Malware+Online Armor for my laptop and Avira Free+Comodo Firewall for my desktop. Since I wanna replace my Avira Free with something that have less "False Positive", a2-Squared will fit me if I can win a license.
    Thanks.

  25. sharath December 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    i have one lisence will expire in 60 days.give me one lisence

  26. Chris December 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    I've been using the free version of this for a while now and it's been incredibly helpful. I'd really appreciate the realtime protection. Any chance I can be given a license?

  27. relly December 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    well, i'm using kaspersky anti- virus, i've tried the trial version before and it is really good, unfortunenately it expired already , i hope i'll get one key, thanks a lot....

  28. jan December 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    A-squared Anti-Malware has saved my computer several times already!
    It's my favourite program to remove rare worms that other programs can't find! (ad-aware, spybot, antimalware, microsoft defender)
    Thank you A²!

    I wish I'll get a license as Christmas-gift!

  29. Deb Anderson December 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    I use Malwarebytes free version. Would love to try this.

  30. Cindy Johnson December 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    KIS supplemented by freeware versions of SUPER Antispyware and Malwarebytes. KIS expires soon, so a-squared would be great

  31. Jay Presley December 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Currently using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Hope to try this and compare.

  32. Raymond December 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Currently using Symantec.

    Would be very interested to try this one.

    Raymond

  33. Doc December 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    I'm using Kaspersky, but I'm also interested in this security software.

  34. Natalie Henderson December 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    I am currently using Norton Internet Security 2010

  35. pankajs December 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    I am interested in trying this out. Count me in!

  36. Gabe December 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I am using: Threatfire, Online Armor Premium, MVPS Hosts File, and Google DNS service. I am definitely interested in a-squared!

  37. bella smyth December 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    im currently im using av, defense+..and its rubbish please add me to you draw thanks

  38. SmogHog December 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks again for the great prizes in this giveaway.

  39. MerleOne December 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi,
    I currently use the free Rising A/V and sometimes fire up SuperAntiSpyware. I'd definitely like a more integrated solution like this one. Thanks.

  40. Will December 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    I need a good solid Malware package.
    I am using a trial of Spyware Doctor.

  41. Trapeze December 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    I use Superantispyware the freeware version.
    I really need a realtime scanner.

    tada

  42. Tal December 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    What can I say, Thank you very much
    Tal

  43. Saroj December 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Avast has been a trust worthable antivirus for me since 5 years and i may give a second thought if i can have a better software than this..lets try it out if avast gonna rock around or any other in store as a giveaway will be my nxt choice ???
    thanx

  44. ph December 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Very nice, very nice.
    I'm currently only using NOD32 which seems to do its job pretty well. A good anti malware would program would be good tho. :)

  45. Manesh Narayan December 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Hope i get this one. I use quick heal currently but it is trash. It does not catch all viruses and I often hae to reinstall windows

  46. David Adams December 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    I am currently using Norton Internet Security.
    My son, who works in retail (computers, etc) tells me that despite the great reviews, more people complain about NIS than any other security product they sale. I would like to have A-Squared Anti-Malware.

  47. Tim December 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    To enhance security is never too late. Thanks a million

  48. Pilgrim December 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I'm another Antivir Personal user but have heard a lot of good things about A-Squared Anti-Malware and would very much like a license.

  49. Sergio Rizzi December 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi!
    I'm currently using MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and Spybot Search & Destroy.
    Hope to win! thanks! =)

  50. NetFlexx December 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    I'm also using Spybot, but this sounds very interesting...

  51. leofelix December 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi
    I use MalwareBytes' antimalware, Avira antivirus and PC Tools Firewall plus 6.0 which play well on Windows 7 64 bit.

    Cheers:)

  52. gepion December 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    I'm in hurry to get a anti-malware for my pc as it just repaired from a malware. But now i got only the avira antivirus. I'm afraid that it couldn't make sure my pc in secure. And I've heard A-squared really good long time ago, I really needs A-squared Anti- malware! Thanks a lot.

  53. Ian December 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    I use the free version of Avira but would very much like to try A-Squared unfortunately the free version is not real time.

  54. Paul December 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    I use Avira and Spyware Terminator, both free, but it seems that A-Squared does everything that they do and more.

  55. manoj December 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    hai,

    I am using Avast. Please send me the key.thanks in advance

  56. ScottL December 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    My usual mix includes Spyware Blaster and Comodo Firewall + Antivirus, but I have variations with some running AVG and others with Avira AV. I run the free a-squared product on occasion to help me keep peace of mind that my PCs are running clean.

    A full and more advanced product is always a benefit and I'm sure a-squared full would be a nice addition. Please & Thanks for a chance at the deal!

  57. Clay December 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    have avira antivir premium right now and occasionally run a-squared free. the promotion for avira about to run out soon. a-squared would be nice =]

  58. Ron Moore December 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    My current setup is Malwarebytes Pro and Eset NOD 32 on my machines. I'm about finished building a new Windows 7 box and a2 would be ideal to put on it.
    Thanks for considering.

  59. enjoymentk December 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    this is my favorite software mine.

  60. bharti December 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    I am using Threatfire and would like to try this. Thanks

  61. giglman December 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    security programs are always good

  62. Dan Caldon December 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    looks great. I have always used AVG, but have experienced a few problems recently

  63. miou December 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    I use bitdefender anti virus 2010 and Zone Alarm Pro Firewall
    count me in
    best regards

  64. michelle December 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    im currently using mcafee because it came on my computer as a 60day trial and i ahve not yet got round to downloading anything else instead.

  65. ibheck December 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    for now i using nod32 smart security but i will change with it if i get free licence

  66. Lantz December 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    I use A-squared free, Antivir, Returnil 2010, 360, Online armour and sax2 intrusion detection. I also use system, firewall, and modem/router settings for security.

  67. SantAnna December 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Who knows???
    I use Free AVG.
    Thanks

  68. Jon December 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I have the free one, works well.

  69. k19s December 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi, I'm currently using AVG free, but hopefully I win one.

    Thanks

  70. matthias December 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    I use Malwarebytes free and Super Antispyware free and I would be happy for a license of A-Squared.

  71. Matias S. Aquino December 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    I am using Sandboxie and Online Armor... I would love to give this software a try, to see if it is as good as we hear! Thanks!

  72. dallas December 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    I use:

    Antispyware:
    - MalwareBytes’ antimalware
    Antivirus:
    - Avira Antivir Personal
    Firewall:
    - COMODO Firewall
    Anti-Rootkit:
    - GMer

    My OS is Windows XP Pro ...

    In any case ... Thank you for this gift :)

  73. Anne McCutcheon December 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    I use Avast Antivirus just now.

  74. vhick December 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    I currently using:

    NOD32 Antivirus 4
    Shadow Defender
    SuRun
    KeyScrambler

    Thank you..

  75. John December 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    I would like to have a copy of this. Thanks for the great offer.

  76. wiusa December 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Please add me to the list. This looks like a fine program that I would like to try out.

    I am currently using Avira

  77. ande December 10, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    since I've trashed my IOBIT software, I really need something that works and is not a theft.

  78. Willem December 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    I wish to win a license for the full version of a-squared Anti-Malware.

    I'm currently using NIS 2010 + ThreatFire, and that's all.

  79. About Time December 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh YES, this would do nicely on my VM Machine, for those "Just In Case Times"... LOL of course I'm a safe surfer.

  80. akinchan December 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    I use Avira Antivir Personal with threatfire. I would like to try this one. Thanks!

  81. Sputnik December 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Online Armor (paid version)
    Avira Antivir Personal
    a-squared Free (scan)
    WinPatrol (paid version)
    SpywareBlaster
    Spamihilator
    GMER

    It would be great to get the full version of a-squared !

    Thank you very much, Ghacks and Emsi Software ! :-)

  82. Soupayan December 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    im using A-Squared Anti Malware 4.5 30 days trial... please send me a key!!! :)

  83. OutEarth December 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Thanks for this great giveaway! Your hard work on this fantastic website/blog is so appreciated.

    Currently utilizing: G-Data Internet Security 2010.

  84. MaryJ December 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I'm using Windows Defender on my 64-bit Vista laptop, but I noticed it does take sometime to startup. I tried to uninstall the program and it dramatically speeded up the boottime, so yes I'm looking forward to other alternatives. I heard great reviews about a-Squared.

  85. Alice Hindley December 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    Please enter my name into the draw :-0

  86. Prakas h Pathak December 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    this is the best antimalware I ever heard .

  87. D Wyant December 10, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Count me in

  88. Michelle Fish December 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    I'm using Avast Pro, ZoneAlarms Pro and Malwarebytes.

  89. Zorro December 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    I'm using panda cloud av but that seems good enough. Thanks for the giveaway...

  90. Jacek December 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    I'm actually beta-/release-testing several AV & AIO security solutions currently, all running on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Currently, I'm reviewing ESET Smart Security 4.0.474, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.42, Microsoft Security Essentials RC, Prev-x 3.0, and Avira Internel Security.
    I found in the past that Avira seemed to pick up the most threats & 0-day exploits, although you can't go wrong with ESET when it comes to memory overhead. ESET is currently installed on my own primary PC and although it seems to work fine, my biggest gripe with it is in regards to its easy of use (or rather lack thereof) when I want to exclude certain programs/ports/etc from the AV realtime & Firewall modules - fine for me, but the average enduser might feel overwhelmed by the amount of steps you need to take.
    I am also surprised that many of these security products do not include pre-set and/or user-downloadable firewall configurations for multimedia sharing and living-room-office-media-center integration. I have used a-squared before and have always wanted to get the full version solution, so please let me know if I can still qualify.

    Keep up the great work ;)
    Jacek

  91. jaky December 11, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    i'm very intersted in this

  92. Raku December 11, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Hi

    I have been using it since today as a 30days trial & today it ended i hope u can provide one at least as i have trying it to get from other resource but failed i hope to get this time & use it further as it is good software any ways i use KIS 2010 i belive it is good av software

    Thank :)

  93. Nitrox December 11, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    hope i get one.

  94. Vinod December 11, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    I'm using Spybot, adaware and Zonealarm.

  95. Johan Gustavsson December 11, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    I am at the moment only using Eset Smart Security, but I think it would bee good to have an anti-malware too...

  96. bill ehm December 11, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    Using MS Security Essentials. I don't know how good it is so count me in your draw please.

    • tom December 11, 2009 at 2:41 am #

      Im using avira internet security and wood like to get an a-squared antimalware thank you if you have some to spare.

  97. David December 11, 2009 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks, I am using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.

  98. my_immortalize December 11, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    count me in please...

  99. jimmylee December 11, 2009 at 3:33 am #

    I want a key .Good luck to everyone

  100. Monish December 11, 2009 at 4:02 am #

    always could you use malware protection! recent problem ...definite in need of a good tool

  101. Hetal December 11, 2009 at 4:02 am #

    need key....help!!!

  102. Lee December 11, 2009 at 4:28 am #

    Hi I am using Malware Bytes Anti-Malware but would love a license of a-squared Anti-Malware - I actually tried to win a license for this software some time ago through another promotion but missed out - so fingers crossed I win this time!

  103. se December 11, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Prevx is excellent in addition with a-squared

  104. Sacha Kassami December 11, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    I am using AVG 8.5 at the moment and its ok but fails to get some infections but for now it does wat i want. pls get me a license

  105. Meena December 11, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Not using any at the moment.

  106. amit December 11, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    pls include me

  107. BadLuckLuke December 11, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    This will be the best replacer for the awful (but lightweight) PC Tools AV and the best Christmas e-present for me!!!

    Thanks for the great giveaways...

  108. mickay December 11, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I'm currently using NOD32 antivirus and Spybot to hunt for installed spyware and trojans.

  109. bivas brahma December 11, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    i am using kaspersky 2010. i have many asquard key. moderator may contact with me if they want to increase the number of keys.

  110. sunkumarspace December 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    currently using online armour pro ,avast peronal edition,windows defender ,iobit 360 pro, asc 3 pro, on demand a squared and super antispyware and windows malicious software removal tool

    pls. count me.

  111. hameed December 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    please send me a licensce of this antimalware as a have nothing now for protection.... thanx

  112. Joseph Eapen December 13, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    I love to get this software.

  113. farcry December 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    i use free edition of AVIRA, comodo firewall, and free prevx... this will be great... thanx in advance

  114. jan December 17, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    Martin, thanks a lot for this Christmas present!!
    In 2010 not a single piece of spyware will infect my pc!

    Best wishes from Belgium!

  115. Henini Lyes December 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    I use a 60 days trial of KIS 2010 :'(

  116. Winnetou Haeberle December 24, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I would need this software because my old licencce is no longer valid. Please let me have a licence. Thanks in advance.

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