The very first well-known malicious programs were computer viruses, and the products made to combat them got the name antivirus consequently. Today actual computer viruses are rare; other types of malware like spyware, trojans, and ransomware are far more prevalent. Anti-malware would actually be considered a better term, but use of the term antivirus is simply too entrenched. Emsisoft recognizes that fact in the product name, Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
With the start of this year, Emsisoft switched out of the old scheme of releasing new, numbered versions every year approximately. The product now turns into a new, improved version each month, 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 price is completely in line with those of its competition. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot are probably the many products costing roughly the same. Initially, the $59.95 subscription price for McAfee AntiVirus PlusA$39.95 at McAfee Australia/NZ seems somewhat steep, but that price gets you unlimited installations, not only 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 more details and configuration choices. The program displays a pleasing simplicity, with merely the necessary controls and settings.
Decent Lab Results
In the five independent antivirus testing labs I follow, Emsisoft AntiVirus participates with two. Its score in 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 many tests reported by AV-Comparatives. A product that meets the minimum to move one of these tests receives Standard certification, while the ones that do greater than the minimum can earn Advanced or Advanced certification. In the four tests, Emsisoft took three Advanced ratings and one Advanced .
The calculation I prefer to aggregate lab scores yields 8.4 of 10 possible points for Emsisoft. That’s good, but others have done a great deal better, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017A$24.99 at BitDefender AU and Kaspersky particularly. All five labs include these two within their testing, and both managed an aggregate score of 9.8 points.
Nearly all antivirus products offer three kinds of scans. The fast scan searches for malware resident in memory and checks common locations for traces of malware. The complete scan carefully examines your entire system for warning signs of malware. And 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 Quick Scan looks just at active programs. If you choose Malware Scan, you receive what many competitors would call a simple scan of memory and common malware hiding places. To get a full scan from the entire computer, you select Custom Scan and select all disk drives.
An entire 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 take note of known, safe files during the first scan, omitting them from future scans as long as they’re unchanged. A repeat scan with BullGuard took just 5 minutes, compared to 50 for your initial scan. And ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 were able to finish the repeat scan in barely half a minute.
The optimum time to head off a malware attack is prior to 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 till the program is moved or changed. Still others don’t manage a scan until prior to the zdcarw executes. Emsisoft enables you to choose any of these three methods. By default, inside the Balanced mode, it scans files when they’re modified. In Thorough mode, it scans on every access. As well as in Fast mode it waits until prior to this system launches.
To obtain Emsisoft’s attention, I moved my variety of malware samples right into a new folder. It quickly wiped out 79 percent of these. Rather than show up multiple notifications, it stacked up all pending alerts in a single notification box. I came across the location in the notifications just a bit odd; they slide in from the center of the screen’s right side. I did so find that you can tweak the notification system to slide from left or right, at top, bottom, or center. You can even control just how long they stay visible.
I actually have another set of samples that started off as copies from the first. For all these, I changed the filename, added zeroes at the end to alter the file size, and overwrote some non-executable bytes. After I copied these to a different location, Emsisoft missed 27 percent of the whose originals it killed on sight. Fortunately, simple, signature-based detection is among the various layers of protection Emsisoft produces in the party.
Indeed, when 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 picked to quarantine these. It quarantined another as being an unwanted toolbar, and quarantined others according to suspicious behavior. I have done realize that several malware-related executable files made it on the test system, which is the reason Emsisoft earned 9.4 points rather than a perfect 10. But 100 percent detection is quite good.