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Windows 7: a-squared uses 620kB memory for realtime protection !

20 Jan 2010   #11
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

jav: what other programs was running when you took the screenshot ?
if there is any kind of activity that needs to be monitored then a2 "wakes up" and uses more memory.

Airbot: yes, running taskmanager as admin & Show processes from all users.

i posted a question on Emsisoftīs forum:
"hi !
if iīm not doing anything on my computer (that requires files to be scanned),
how much memory uses a2 ?
iīm asking because in W7-32 when running taskmanager as admin & showing all processes,
i only see a2guard & a2service and they use 640kB together.
are there any more a2-processes running ?
are those numbers really correct, or is taskmanager "lying" ? "

i got this reply:
"No, there are no other processes running. That really is the memory footprint when being idle in the background with just the on-execution scan and Malware-IDS running. It gets a lot higher when you actually do use the GUI and the on-demand scan though (100+ MB) since it is necessary to keep all signature data in memory at that time. But on normal day to day work it rarely raises above 10 MB after we introduced the memory usage improvements a few months ago.

Best regards,

Fabian Wosar [Administration/Technical Support]
Emsi Software Team - www.emsisoft.com
"

since then i have had my eyes on taskmanager, and iīve seen some variations,
but it stays below 1MB when idle in the background.
when i do something that needs monitoring, it jumps up a few MBīs, then it drops back down again.


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20 Jan 2010   #12
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
hi !

jav: what other programs was running when you took the screenshot ?
if there is any kind of activity that needs to be monitored then a2 "wakes up" and uses more memory.
As far as I know there was no other process.
Because it was really fresh install.
I installed Windows 7 to my another laptop, did Windows upgrade and installed A-squared.

Let me check how it is now.
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20 Jan 2010   #13
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

ok, I checked it.
Now it's after installing drivers and some programs:

a-squared uses 620kB memory for realtime protection !-capture.jpg
a-squared uses 620kB memory for realtime protection !-capture1.jpg

As you can see, not really much running at the moment.
But, yes, all A2 modules are activated:
a-squared uses 620kB memory for realtime protection !-capture2.jpg
a-squared uses 620kB memory for realtime protection !-capture3.jpg


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20 Jan 2010   #14
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

i also has everything in a2 activated, but much lower memory usage.
a2guard=1.488kB
a2service=608kB

right now when writing this, a2guard dropped down to 156kB.
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20 Jan 2010   #15
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
hi !

i also has everything in a2 activated, but much lower memory usage.
a2guard=1.488kB
a2service=608kB

right now when writing this, a2guard dropped down to 156kB.
ok, I believe that means again that every case is unique.

It's probably because we have different version of Windows 7 (you Enterprise, me Ultimate) and different PC's.

But anyway I like it so far.

So I probably keep it on my second laptop.
Problem is can't decide Firewall to it.
Probably will go with Pc-Tools or Online Armor Free
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21 Jan 2010   #16
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

jav: i donīt know why there should be any difference between W7-versions.
what happens with your memory usage, if you leave your computer on, and donīt do anything ?
because iīve noticed that after i have done something that "wakes" a2, it sometimes takes several minutes until it drops down again.
fx. yesterday a2guard stayed around 14MB for maybe 5 min. after i had finished checking my email.

i also like a2, itīs very good at detecting & has got a lot of rewards.
with this memory usage it must be a good choice if you donīt have plenty of memory.
for me itīs no big deal if it uses 110MB or perhaps even a little bit more when scanning, if it uses almost nothing when idle, that in my opinion must be better then a program that constantly uses a lot of MBīs.

btw, just noticed a new record:
a2guard=184kB
a2service=96K

WOW !
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21 Jan 2010   #17
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

hmm.. yeah.
I didn't tried leaving it.

Each time it was several minutes after Pc was turned on.
I will try to leave it doing nothing for some time.
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09 Feb 2010   #18
Richter

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Crazy a2 usage.....I believe that is......at least 150 times more memory used than 620 kb...


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14 Feb 2010   #19
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

Richter: the requested screenshot...


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14 Feb 2010   #20
Richter

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Strange...The service names don't match up. You have a2guard and I have a2free.exe. In addition, (im probably being nit-picky...) some processes don't seem....too right...Perhaps, it is because of the memory optimizer?
Ive noticed that the senda smile .exe for office 2010 is using less than one meg. It is suppose to use around 4 megs. Also, how come your taskmgr process is using 22 cpu? It is only suppose to use less than 10 megs at most.

Is this perhaps, that the memory optimizer is doing too good a job? Perhaps it is sacrificing the extra cpu usage for less memory usage.

Can you post a picture of a squared catching the eicar test file? I just want to confirm that it is running. Just post a screenshot with eicar test file being caught by a squared along with the task manager right next to it.

Thanks!
eicar | THE ANTI-VIRUS OR ANTI-MALWARE TEST FILE
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