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Need advice before upgrade to A2 ver 5

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I have been using A2 Free for quite some time as a back-up scanner. This morning after retrieving signature updates, I was instructed to restart A2 which I did, then I was give the option to update to A2 ver 5 and there was some mention of "Free mode". After indicating that I wanted to upgrade, I received a prompt asking if I wanted to remove A2 to which I answered "Yes" assuming that the new ver 5 would then be installed, but the installation of ver 5 did not occur. All of the information that I have reviewed on the site does not answer my questions.

1. I do NOT want any A2 ver 5 FW or other components installed on my system, just the AV/AS scanning components. Is that possible with ver. 5? If so, explain how.

2. I am perfectly happy with my current FW and daily used AV/AS and there has never never been a conflict with A2 in the past, and I will not consider changing to another FW or real-time scanner at this time. Is it possible to install ver 5 in a way that will not interfere with my current set-up?

3. If I do install ver 5 and am unhappy with the results, is there a un-installer, built-in or separate, that will remove ALL traces of A2 ver 5 from my system, registry and all? Note: I have Revo Uninstaller for stubborn programs, have used it and received satisfactory results in the past.

Your time and advice will be appreciated.

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TXGuy,

Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5 with the Freeware license will behave exactly the same as a-squared Free did. No realtime protection will run in the background. The uninstaller works fine, tho it will leave quarantined files behind in the Quarantine folder. Just in case you need those files.

If you still have doubts you can always download the Emsisoft Emergency Kit (EEK). No installation required, just extract the files in a folder and use the Emergency Kit Scanner for on-demand scans.

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ctrlaltdelete,

Thanks for your reply.

I had already noticed the following in the online help/installation instructions:

Freeware license: All real-time functions are deactivated when you run Emsisoft Anti-Malware with a Freeware license. You can still use the program to manually check your computer for Malware and remove any infections.

Since the selection of the license type occurs after the installation, my question is concerning whether there is a way to NOT install all of the parts of the application that I have no interest in using. So that my system does not accumulate unused and unnecessary files, I would prefer to have no A2 files installed except those that involve the on-demand scanning. Is that possible?

Also, since running the update for new AV/AS signatures yesterday morning automatically "forced" an update from A2 ver 4 to A2 ver 5, is it correct that ver 4 will not longer be supported by Emsisoft and that users will not be able to keep it on their systems and get current AV/AS signature updates?

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Thanks, ctrlaltdelete, for your replies.

Since there is not a way to restrict what the new A2 ver 5 installs, I have found another solution that gives me the option of which modules to install.

Hopefully A2 will bring back a version that is an on-demand scanner only, without all of the extras being installed on the user's system.

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