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Is a-squared Anti-Malware slowing down your computer? It slowed mine.
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November 18, 2009
8:46 PM
Ashraf
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As I posted in my How to: Get the 1 year free license for a-squared Anti-Malware Pro article, Emisoft claims a-squared plays well with all other security software.

Of course having never used a-squared before, at the time I could not confirm or deny the developer's claims. However now I have used a-squared for a good week now and I can confirm a-squared does slow your computer down if the live protection is enabled.

For the record, I only had "OnExecution Scan" and "Malware-IDS" enabled – I disabled "Surf protection". With those two live protection features on, I noticed a fair bit of lag for tasks that had none previously. More specifically, the lag was mostly associated with Firefox and surfing the Internet; the lag went away after I disabled "OnExecution Scan" and "Malware-IDS".

Now I don't know if the computer-slow down is because a-squared's live protection was conflicting with Avira's live or if a-squared live protection just causes that lag in general. All I know is that I am not happy with the lag so I disabled the live protection features; everything is at normal speed now.

Anyone else facing similar issues?

November 18, 2009
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I'm running Avira Premium) as well and I noticed the same problems. In fact, my system just seemed very unstable with both running in live protection mode. I actually had to forcably turn off my laptop which I hate doing since Windows complains mightly about not shutting down correctly. I turned off a-squared's live protection and everything is back to normal.

I haven't done so yet, but I will probably uninstall a-squared. I couldn't even get it to finish a complete scan. It was too slow. That may have been due to a conflict with Avira because I temporarily disabled Avira and a-squared's scan definitely sped up. But I'm happy with Avira and didn't want it off for long, so I stopped a-squared's scan and turned off the auto-protection features.

Annoyingly, I couldn't just kill the live protection feature. As soon as I killed the process it instantly restarted. I actually had to start up the a-squared console and disable the live protection first and then I could kill the already running process.

November 18, 2009
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Emisoft does warn users to turn off other security software's live protection while running a scan with a-squared. However, I ran a scan just fine even with Avira enabled.

Also, I assume by "just kill the live protection feature" you mean via Task Manager. Well Karen it may be annoying to you now, but it is actually a good thing that it automatically restarts. Consider this: what if it was some malware trying to close the live protection instead of you?

November 18, 2009
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Same problem here, but I have Avira free.

November 19, 2009
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I had the same issue too. I don't run Avira, but do have IObit 360.

I disabled everything except the automatic scan and my computer went back to it's normal speed.

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November 19, 2009
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Okay so I am not the only one.

November 19, 2009
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Im using Norton 360, and I havent noticed any significant slowdowns. Maybe during startup, but not during normal operation. The scans do take forever, but I thought it was because it was so thorough. A quick scan doesnt take as long.

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November 19, 2009
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I had some major issues with it this past summer. It made my machine so it would not boot at all. During the boot it was seeing a file as malware when in fact it was not. It at that point allowed login but it never fully booted leaving the machine feeling like a hunk of junk. I was finally able to go into safe mode and do a selective boot using msconfig to configure it until I finally got the dialog box that was hidden away showing what was happening. I was finally able to configure a-squared to allow the file and everything worked fine again. It is a good piece of software but I was rather disappointed when this happened as it took many hours of troubleshooting to find the issue and correct it. I have also experienced slow downs with it on older Windows 2000 computers that I used it on in the past. So I find it a mixed bag. The free version with scanner only is a definite good thing. The full version is good but I disable parts of it in hopes of never having the nightmare I went through happen again.

November 19, 2009
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Greetings all! I've been a long-time A2 user, and yes, it can slow down the comp. I noticed this particularly on Vista, but since installing W7 I haven't experienced the same situation (maybe because I only have a handful of programs installed at this point). A lot of the slow-downs occur when A2 is automatically updating, but you can change the settings to allow for updates at a time that is more convenient. I've heard that Emisoft will be releasing V5 in the not-too-distant future which will supposedly address the resource-hogging problem.Time will tell. However, A2 does have one of the best detection rates and has never let me down, so I won't be getting rid of it any time soon. I guess it's like anything in life: go with what works for you. Smile

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November 20, 2009
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Hi, All.
Today is my 5th day for using A2. Using Avira free and AVG free too in the same time. Turn on live protection for Avira & A2 (A2 heuristic = off), AVG's protection just for pop mail & usb media. I find it just work well, no cpu down performance at all. Or maybe that is because I am running on WinXP 32 bit SP-2, not Vista or Win7 like everybody here?

November 20, 2009
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Well, at least one thing that I noticed was slowing down my performance ( not the CPU). Extra work to do when all of them find out my priceless viruses or malwares in the same time. Wow, they will fight each other just to claim the founder. It's just a kind of funny thing, and I enjoy that .. :cool::wink:

November 22, 2009
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After doing a bit of reading on A2 yesterday, I have bit the bullet and uninstalled avira. Now all I have is A2 and firewall. The computer doesn't seem to be slowing down like it was before.

November 22, 2009
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That's definitely not good… O_o. Did you find that it had some sort of conflict with avira?

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November 22, 2009
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I just don't know what to use for a firewall, I'm getting ready to install Windows 7 and Outpost and Comodo didn't work and PC tools is driving me mad.

Pops. up all the time and doesn't remember setting.

Any advice, I can't afford to buy a new Paid version of firewall antivirus.

Avast seems to be doing a really good job, but I don't trust Windows Firewall.

Thanks for the help, sorry to hear about aSquared.

Maybe all in ones aren't better just not sure.

November 22, 2009
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@ Steelers6: You might want to check out Windows 7 Firewall Control (http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vis……rder.html). It was designed to do what the Windows built-in firewall didn't. It can be used for Vista as well. There is a free and paid version available. It's definitely worth checking out.

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November 22, 2009
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Hmmm, that link isn't quite working, but at least you should be able to navigate to it from there. Anyway, it's by Sphinx software and is a good little product.

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November 22, 2009
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Quro@75 said:

Well, at least one thing that I noticed was slowing down my performance ( not the CPU). Extra work to do when all of them find out my priceless viruses or malwares in the same time. Wow, they will fight each other just to claim the founder. It's just a kind of funny thing, and I enjoy that .. :cool::wink:


Sounds like someone's computer has sectarian violence issues Laugh.

November 22, 2009
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amnesia said:After doing a bit of reading on A2 yesterday, I have bit the bullet and uninstalled avira. Now all I have is A2 and firewall. The computer doesn't seem to be slowing down like it was before.


So you pick A2 over Avira? I personally would stick to Avira but your call.

November 22, 2009
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Steelers6 said:

I just don't know what to use for a firewall, I'm getting ready to install Windows 7 and Outpost and Comodo didn't work and PC tools is driving me mad.

Pops. up all the time and doesn't remember setting.

Any advice, I can't afford to buy a new Paid version of firewall antivirus.

Avast seems to be doing a really good job, but I don't trust Windows Firewall.

Thanks for the help, sorry to hear about aSquared.

Maybe all in ones aren't better just not sure.


Windows firewall should work for you just fine. Windows firewall (Vista and Win7) isn't as bad as people make it sound out to be.

November 22, 2009
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Ozzie said:Hmmm, that link isn't quite working, but at least you should be able to navigate to it from there. Anyway, it's by Sphinx software and is a good little product.


Fixed it for you.

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