Emsisoft Anti-Malware

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about Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Forget viruses - Today's threats come in new shapes and are called Malware

That's why we think "Anti-Malware" is the more appropriate term, even if it's the same as what's commonly known as "Anti-Virus".

‣ Ransomware

Threat of the year since 2012. Attackers enter your PC through unpatched software and encrypt all your files. Can you afford to pay a $600 ransom to get your data back?

‣ Bots/Backdoors

They turn your PC into a remote controlled zombie. Your computing power is collectively sold on the black market to send spams, attack others or store illegal content.

‣ Banking Trojans

Hackers use phishing techniques and keyloggers to get your most valuable passwords and empty your bank- or PayPal-accounts invisibly within seconds.

‣ PUPs

Potentially Unwanted Programs that mess up your computer with useless browser toolbars, tons of commercials and other bulk that slows down the PC.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware SUMMARY

Key features

  • 2-mode scanning
  • Malware removal
  • Anti-ransomware

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Pros

  • 90% efficiency in destroying malware
  • Monthly Emsisoft updates
  • Compatible with all Windows versions

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Cons

  • Less useful against infections
  • Not actually free (only trial)
  • No log auto cleaning options

Emsisoft Anti-Malware PRICING

  • Free
    0

    • Includes full protection in the first 30 days
    • Non commercial use only
    • Super fast scans
    • Clean & quarantine infections
    • Find and remove unwanted programs
  • Home
    20

    License

    • 1 PC*
    • 1-Year Subscription**
    • Super fast scans
    • Clean & quarantine infections
    • Find and remove unwanted programs
  • Home & Mobile
    27

    License

    • 1 PC* + 1 Android Device
    • 1-Year Subscription**
    • Super fast scans
    • Clean & quarantine infections
    • Find and remove unwanted programs

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware review and FAQ

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is an antivirus and anti-malware software that protects PCs against various threats: viruses, trojans, spyware, bots, adware, keyloggers. Its local protection consists of two parts: Real-time File Guard (scans files you download and run) and behavior blocker.

There is also a browser extension (Emsisoft Browser Security) that protects against phishing attacks and blocks access to suspicious websites. One of the main advantages is that it uses two scanning engines: own engine and BitDefender. With this dual-engine scanner, Emsisoft Anti-Malware offers one of the strongest protection on the market.

In addition, Emsisoft provides another remarkable feature: you can run a scan, even if your computer does not boot. This feature is called Emergency Kit. It allows creating bootable media to scan the system.Users should not feel confused when using this program, as there are plenty of help materials and guides, as well as cue tips in the settings. Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides the ability to shutdown, with captcha to confirm it (user can disable the confirmation).

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a lightweight program and does not require a lot of system resources. Its impact on system performance is small, but its effect on the protection of the system is very height.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware  USER REVIEWS (20)

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  • Updated at Jul 28, 06:49
    4.25
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      4

    Providing effective malware protection

    I have used this on a few occasions to get rid of the particularly pesky 'FBI Moneypak' infection. It finds a lot of things that other scanners can not. It can take an insanely long time to download though as you download a .zip file first then extract the start.exe file that you need to run the app. Other than that, it's a solid removal tool.
    • Pros
      • Easy to use and clean interface
    • Cons
      • No SLA-level support
  • Updated at Jul 28, 06:49
    3.5
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      3
    • Ability
      3

    Its antivirus engine is great at detecting and removing malware from your computer

    I've been using Emsisoft Antimalware for a couple of years. It provides good protection against anything that will infect your computer. The web shield is not as good about warning you about "bad" web sites as shields from the larger antivirus companies, but the behavior blocker is first rate at blocking malicious files and "strange" files (you can whitelist/exclude an occasional false positive BB detection). Emsisoft used to have a firewall, but it has been discontinued because the standard firewall that comes with Windows since Windows 7 is very good. As extra protection, Emsisoft beefs up the Windows firewall a bit to replace their own firewall.
    • Pros
      • The user interface looks good
    • Cons
      • The web shield is not that efficient
  • Updated at Jul 28, 06:49
    4.25
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4

    Emsisoft Anti-Malware effectively handles the basic tasks of malware protection, including ransomware.

    EAM is a great product; I have used it for 3-4 years. It does very well in malware tests, consistently in the top 3-4 products often with 100% detection. It has two malware scanners, its own and BitDefender. Malware scanners are necessary but not very effective because of zero day malware ie. malware that has just been released. Before a scanner can detect zero day malware, someone has to notice it, the malware companies have to get a copy of it, then they have to decode it, then they have to update their signature database on your machine that is used by the scanners to detect the malware. This process can take several days. If your computer is unlucky enough to run across the malware before the signature database is updated, then you are out of luck as far as detection by a scanner is concerned. Malware writers can modify their malware relatively easily every few days in order to avoid detection by the scanners.
    • Pros
      • Very good independent lab scores
    • Cons
      • Few scores from independent labs
  • Updated at Jul 28, 06:49
    4.25
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4

    Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a decent package for people that want to protect themselves from the worst threats

    EAM has a feature called behavior blocker that will detect zero day exploits before they have been discovered by the malware companies. Behavior blocker works by detecting actions that malware must use in order to accomplish its purpose. For instance, the malware needs to restart during your boot process; this typically involves modifying the autorun entries on your computer. Behavior blocker detects attempts to modify autoruns and provides a notification. You get to decide if Firefox should be adding a program to the list of programs that start automatically when you boot. Behavior Blocker will also notify you if Firefox or any other program wants to install a keylogger. If you dont feel comfortable making these decisions, you can set Behavior Blocker to make the same decision that most people make. EAM has a database in the cloud that records the decisions made by all EAM users (if the user selects this option) and EAM will query this database to determine how to respond to the particular action being taken by a program (if the user selects this option).
    • Pros
      • Behavioral detection successfully blocked ransomware
    • Cons
      • Unreliable URL blocking
  • Updated at Jul 28, 06:49
    4.5
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      5

    Basic scans are speedy and effective

    I like testing AV software as a hobby and have been reading positive reviews about Emsisoft on "techy" forums. They are a much smaller company than the AV "giants", but appear to be committed to customer satisfaction in more ways than the bigger companies. The independent testing labs that include Emsisoft (such as AV-Comparatives) give it pretty solid scores. It uses two engines--its own and Bitdefender's--but seems to be more stable than Bitdefender, which managed to ruin two PCs of mine in previous years through bad updates. Bitdefender also slowed down to a crawl the boot time of my machines (even though its boot time scanner was unchecked). I am currently using Emsisoft Anti-Malware 11 and decided to buy a license for a year after testing the program in a virtual environment.
    • Pros
      • Surfing protection is browser-independent
    • Cons
      • Interface can be awkward