Yesterday was the fifth birthday of a-squared, one of the whizz kids of the anti virus business. The program started as a simple anti spyware tool and got better over time since it grew up to be a full virus scanner. As this is a reason to celebrate, emsisoft sells the product for 5 EUR during the next 4 days.
But what about reliability? I have checked the scanner for you and got the results right here: My complete malware collection got wiped out. The reason for that fantastic result is the scan engine of ikarus targeting the common malware.
Regarding new and unknown programs, you’re never left alone due to the central database of binaries which are getting whitelisted if found.
So now all that’s left to say is Happy Birthday, a-squared. Good work.