The very first well-known malicious programs were computer viruses, as well as the products made to thwart them got the name antivirus consequently. Nowadays actual computer viruses are rare; other types of malware like spyware, trojans, and ransomware are far more widespread. Anti-malware would really be a better term, but utilisation of the term antivirus is just too entrenched. Emsisoft understands that fact in the product name, Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
With the start of this season, Emsisoft switched from the old scheme of releasing new, numbered versions every year or so. The product now turns into a new, improved version on a monthly basis, as well as the version number reflects that. The version reviewed here, 2017.4, was launched within the fourth month of 2017.
Emsisoft’s $39.95 per year list price is completely consistent with that relating to its competition. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot are probably the many products costing roughly exactly the same. Initially, the $59.95 subscription price for McAfee AntiVirus PlusA$39.95 at McAfee Australia/NZ seems a bit steep, but that price gets you unlimited installations, not simply one.
Four large panels dominate the program’s main window: Protection, Scan, Quarantine, and Logs. Each panel offers information about the corresponding program areas, and clicking a panel gets you additional information and configuration choices. This program displays a pleasing simplicity, with merely the necessary controls and settings.
Decent Lab Results
From the five independent antivirus testing labs I follow, Emsisoft Anti Malware participates with two. Its score within the Virus Bulletin RAP (Reactive And Proactive) test is not far from the existing average, which can be roughly 82 percent.
I follow four of the numerous tests reported by AV-Comparatives. A product that fits the minimum to pass one of these brilliant tests receives Standard certification, while people who do a lot more than the minimum can earn Advanced or Advanced certification. Of the four tests, Emsisoft took three Advanced ratings and something Advanced .
The calculation I prefer to aggregate lab scores yields 8.4 of 10 possible points for Emsisoft. That’s good, but others did quite a bit better, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017A$24.99 at BitDefender AU and Kaspersky in particular. All five labs include those two within their testing, and both managed an aggregate score of 9.8 points.
Nearly all antivirus products offer three types of scans. The quick scan actively seeks malware resident in memory and checks common locations for traces of malware. The complete scan carefully examines your complete system for warning signs of malware. And also the custom scan performs a particular subset of scanning operations, limits the scan to user-specified locations, or both.
Emsisoft’s scan choices are slightly different. The Fast Scan looks just at active programs. When you purchase Malware Scan, you receive what many competitors would call a simple scan of memory and common malware hiding places. To acquire a full scan from the entire computer, you choose Custom Scan and choose all disk drives.
A full scan of my standard, clean test system took 45 minutes, which is precisely average for recent programs. A second scan didn’t run any faster. Some antivirus products make a note of known, safe files through the first scan, omitting them from future scans so long as they’re unchanged. A repeat scan with BullGuard took just 5 minutes, in comparison to 50 for the initial scan. And ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 managed to finish the repeat scan in barely 30 seconds.
A good time to go off a malware attack is ahead of the nasty program ever launches. Some antivirus utilities check files for malware on any access, even minimal access that takes place when Windows Explorer displays the file’s data. Others wait to scan up until the program is moved or changed. Still others don’t operate a scan until just before the zdcarw executes. Emsisoft allows you to choose any of these three methods. By default, in the Balanced mode, it scans files when they’re modified. In Thorough mode, it scans on every access. And then in Fast mode it waits until prior to this system launches.
To have Emsisoft’s attention, I moved my variety of malware samples into a new folder. It quickly wiped out 79 percent of these. Instead of appear multiple notifications, it stacked up all pending alerts in a single notification box. I came across the placement of the notifications just a bit odd; they slide in from the middle of the screen’s right side. I did so discover that you can tweak the notification system to slip from right or left, at top, bottom, or center. You may also control how long they stay visible.
We have a second set of samples that started off as copies in the first. For all these, I changed the filename, added zeroes in the end to change the file size, and overwrote some non-executable bytes. When I copied these to an alternative location, Emsisoft missed 27 percent of these whose originals it killed on sight. Fortunately, simple, signature-based detection is just one of the various layers of protection Emsisoft brings to the party.
Indeed, when I launched the samples that survived the first massacre, Emsisoft detected and blocked every one. Some it flagged as PUPs, Potentially Unwanted Programs; I chose to quarantine these. It quarantined another as an unwanted toolbar, and quarantined others based on suspicious behavior. I have done find that a few malware-related executable files caused it to be to the test system, which explains why Emsisoft earned 9.4 points as opposed to a perfect 10. But 100 percent detection is quite good.