The very first well-known malicious programs were computer viruses, and also the products created to curb them got the name antivirus consequently. These days actual computer viruses are rare; other sorts of malware like spyware, trojans, and ransomware are far more widespread. Anti-malware would actually be a better term, but utilisation of the term antivirus is just too entrenched. Emsisoft recognizes that fact in the product name, Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
With the start of this coming year, Emsisoft switched from the old scheme of releasing new, numbered versions every year or so. The item now gets a new, improved version on a monthly basis, and also the version number reflects that. The version reviewed here, 2017.4, was released in the fourth month of 2017.
Emsisoft’s $39.95 each year list cost is completely consistent with that of its competition. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot are some of the many products costing roughly the same. At first glance, the $59.95 subscription price for McAfee AntiVirus PlusA$39.95 at McAfee Australia/NZ seems a little steep, but that price gets you unlimited installations, not just one.
Four large panels dominate the program’s main window: Protection, Scan, Quarantine, and Logs. Each panel offers information regarding the corresponding program areas, and clicking a panel gets you more information and configuration choices. The program displays an attractive simplicity, with only the necessary controls and settings.
Decent Lab Results
Of the five independent antivirus testing labs I follow, Emsisoft participates with two. Its score within the Virus Bulletin RAP (Reactive And Proactive) test is very close to the existing average, that is roughly 82 percent.
I follow four of many tests reported by AV-Comparatives. A product that meets the minimum to pass one of these brilliant tests receives Standard certification, while the ones that do greater than the minimum can earn Advanced or Advanced certification. From the four tests, Emsisoft took three Advanced ratings and something Advanced .
The calculation I personally use to aggregate lab scores yields 8.4 of 10 possible points for Emsisoft. That’s good, but others have performed a great deal better, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017A$24.99 at BitDefender AU and Kaspersky specifically. All five labs include these two in their testing, and both managed an aggregate score of 9.8 points.
The majority of antivirus products offer three forms of scans. The quick scan looks for malware resident in memory and checks common locations for traces of malware. The full scan carefully examines your whole system for signs of malware. As well as the custom scan performs a certain subset of scanning operations, limits the scan to user-specified locations, or both.
Emsisoft’s scan options are slightly different. The Fast Scan looks just at active programs. If you choose Malware Scan, you receive what many competitors would call a quick scan of memory and common malware hiding places. To acquire a full scan in the entire computer, you choose Custom Scan and select all disk drives.
A full scan of my standard, clean test system took 45 minutes, which is precisely average for recent programs. Another scan didn’t run any faster. Some antivirus products pay attention to known, safe files through the first scan, omitting them from future scans as long as they’re unchanged. A repeat scan with BullGuard took just a few minutes, compared to 50 for that initial scan. And ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 were able to finish the repeat scan in barely half a minute.
The best time to go off a malware attack is prior to the nasty program ever launches. Some antivirus utilities check files for malware on any access, including the minimal access that occurs when Windows Explorer displays the file’s data. Others wait to scan up until the program is moved or changed. Still others don’t manage a scan until prior to the zdcarw executes. Emsisoft enables you to choose these three methods. Automatically, inside 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 just before the program launches.
To have Emsisoft’s attention, I moved my assortment of malware samples into a new folder. It quickly wiped out 79 percent of them. As opposed to pop up multiple notifications, it stacked up all pending alerts in a single notification box. I discovered the placement of the notifications just a little odd; they slide in from the midst of the screen’s right side. I have done discover that you can tweak the notification system to slip from right or left, at top, bottom, or center. You can even control just how long they stay visible.
I have an additional list of samples that started off as copies from the first. For each of these, I changed the filename, added zeroes at the conclusion to alter the file size, and overwrote some non-executable bytes. When I copied these to a different location, Emsisoft missed 27 percent of those whose originals it killed on sight. Fortunately, simple, signature-based detection is among one of the many layers of protection Emsisoft brings to the party.
Indeed, after i launched the samples that survived the initial massacre, Emsisoft detected and blocked every single 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 realize that a couple of malware-related executable files caused it to be to the test system, which is the reason Emsisoft earned 9.4 points rather than a perfect 10. But 100 percent detection is fairly good.