The very first well-known malicious programs were computer viruses, and also the products designed to curb them got the name antivirus as a result. These days actual computer viruses are rare; other types of malware like spyware, trojans, and ransomware are far more common. 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 beginning of this coming year, Emsisoft switched from the old scheme of releasing new, numbered versions each and every year or so. The merchandise now receives a new, improved version every month, and the version number reflects that. The version reviewed here, 2017.4, was launched in the fourth month of 2017.

Emsisoft’s $39.95 per year list price is completely in accordance with those of its competition. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot are some of the many products costing roughly the same. At first, 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 only one.

Four large panels dominate the program’s main window: Protection, Scan, Quarantine, and Logs. Each panel offers details about the corresponding program areas, and clicking a panel gets you more details and configuration choices. This system displays an attractive simplicity, with just the necessary controls and settings.

Decent Lab Results

In the five independent antivirus testing labs I follow, Emsisoft participates with two. Its score inside the Virus Bulletin RAP (Reactive And Proactive) test is not far from the current average, which can be roughly 82 percent.

I follow four of the numerous tests reported by AV-Comparatives. A product that suits the minimum to pass one of those tests receives Standard certification, while those that do greater than the minimum can earn Advanced or Advanced certification. From the four tests, Emsisoft took three Advanced ratings and one Advanced .

The calculation I use 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 in their testing, and both managed an aggregate score of 9.8 points.

Nearly all antivirus products offer three types of scans. The fast scan searches for malware resident in memory and checks common locations for traces of malware. The full scan carefully examines your entire system for warning 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 Quick 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. An additional scan didn’t run any faster. Some antivirus products pay attention to known, safe files during the first scan, omitting them from future scans so long as they’re unchanged. A repeat scan with BullGuard took just a few minutes, compared to 50 for your initial scan. And ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 managed to finish the repeat scan in barely 30 seconds.

A good 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. And others don’t run a scan until prior to the zdcarw executes. Emsisoft lets you choose these three methods. By default, in 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 get Emsisoft’s attention, I moved my collection of malware samples into a new folder. It quickly wiped out 79 percent of them. Instead of appear multiple notifications, it stacked up all pending alerts in a single notification box. I found the location from the notifications just a little odd; they slide in from the midst of the screen’s right side. I did so discover that you can tweak the notification system to slip from left or right, at top, bottom, or center. You can also control how long they stay visible.

I actually have an additional set of samples that started off as copies in the first. For each of these, I changed the filename, added zeroes at the end to alter the file size, and overwrote some non-executable bytes. Once I copied these to an alternative location, Emsisoft missed 27 percent of the whose originals it killed on sight. Fortunately, simple, signature-based detection is among the numerous layers of protection Emsisoft brings to the party.

Indeed, once i launched the samples that survived the primary massacre, Emsisoft detected and blocked every one. Some it flagged as PUPs, Potentially Unwanted Programs; I picked to quarantine these. It quarantined another as an unwanted toolbar, and quarantined others based on suspicious behavior. I did discover that a few malware-related executable files caused it to be onto the test system, which explains why Emsisoft earned 9.4 points as opposed to a perfect 10. But one hundred percent detection is very good.