Oberndorf, Sbg Austria (PressExposure) July 20, 2007 -- After weeks of Beta testing we are proud to introduce a new major release of a-squared: Version 3.0
Vista support Both a-squared Free and the large a-squared Anti-Malware Edition are completely compatible with the new Microsoft Vista operating system. Many basic changes were needed to the software for Vista support because users do not have administrator rights as standard. For this reason, a-squared 3.0 contains a new Windows Service, which runs with system rights and always has access to the relevant areas, even if you are not logged on as the administrator.
Non-Admin Support The new a-squared Windows Service allows full non-administrator support. Regardless of which Windows user account you are logged into the PC with, a-squared always protects the entire PC and can search the entire PC for Malware. It is recommended that only software installations are done with administrator rights. It is much safer to use a normal user account for daily work because this removes many Malware attack vectors.
50% less RAM usage Since the number of Malware signatures has doubled in the last year, the memory usage has also correspondingly increased over time. Despite ever more high-performance computers, we have received many requests for a-squared to use less RAM. We have responded accordingly and optimized the relevant algorithms. The result is that the new a-squared uses only about half the memory of the previous version.
Extended Traces and TrackingCookie Scan The non-admin support provides an additional advantage: The a-squared Scanner Version 3.0 can now recognize Spyware Traces and TrackingCookies in the profiles of all user accounts, instead of previously only in the profile of the currently logged-on user. This ensures that Malware is not reactivated when a different user logs on.
New Anti-Malware Network In Version 3.0, recognized heuristic files can be directly transferred from Quarantine to the a-squared Analysis Team for examination. In this way, you help to improve the quality of the scanner through heuristics. False alarms can thus be more quickly solved and new signatures for new Malware can be more quickly made available. You can select whether recognized heuristic files are automatically transferred during the Online Update or whether the files are to be sent manually from Quarantine. If you have a question relating to a sent file, then you can leave a message and your contact information so that you can receive an analysis of the file you sent.
New Rights Management The new non-admin support means that basically any logged-in user can change the configuration of a-squared. However, it is not always desirable for all PC or network domain users to have full access to the a-squared settings. For this reason, you as the administrator can define specific access rights for individual user accounts. The "Access rights" dialog is located under "Settings" in the a-squared Anti-Malware Security Center.
Online Ordering a-squared Anti-Malware is available from the a-squared website for US$ 39.95 for 1 year or US$ 53.95 for 2 years. Note that the purchase price always includes all daily signature updates and also all software updates during the license period. This guarantees that you always have the latest software. Subsequent years can be purchased from the Customer Support Center for only US$ 19.97. Update licenses can also be ordered, even if your license expired a long time ago.