The very first popular malicious programs were computer viruses, and also the products made to curb them got the name antivirus as a result. Nowadays actual computer viruses are rare; other kinds of malware like spyware, trojans, and ransomware are far more prevalent. Anti-malware would actually be considered a better term, but utilization of the term antivirus is just too entrenched. Emsisoft recognizes that fact in the product name, Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
With the beginning of this season, Emsisoft switched from the old scheme of releasing new, numbered versions every year or so. The merchandise now turns into a new, improved version each month, as well as the version number reflects that. The version reviewed here, 2017.4, was released inside the fourth month of 2017.
Emsisoft’s $39.95 annually list cost is completely consistent with that relating to 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 additional information and configuration choices. The program 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 within the Virus Bulletin RAP (Reactive And Proactive) test is very close to the present average, which can be roughly 82 percent.
I follow four of the numerous tests reported by AV-Comparatives. A product that meets the minimum to pass one of these brilliant 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 then one Advanced .
The calculation I use to aggregate lab scores yields 8.4 of 10 possible points for Emsisoft. That’s good, but others did considerably better, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017A$24.99 at BitDefender AU and Kaspersky in particular. 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 types of scans. The quick scan actively seeks malware resident in memory and checks common locations for traces of malware. The full scan carefully examines your complete system for indications of malware. And the custom scan performs a specific 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. When you purchase Malware Scan, you get what many competitors would call a simple scan of memory and common malware hiding places. To obtain a full scan in the entire computer, you select Custom Scan and choose all disk drives.
A full scan of my standard, clean test system took 45 minutes, that is precisely average for recent programs. An additional scan didn’t run any faster. Some antivirus products take note of 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 5 minutes, when compared with 50 for that initial scan. And ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 was able 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 occurs 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 just before the zdcarw executes. Emsisoft enables you to choose any one of these three methods. Automatically, in the Balanced mode, it scans files when they’re modified. In Thorough mode, it scans on every access. And in Fast mode it waits until prior to the program launches.
To obtain Emsisoft’s attention, I moved my assortment of malware samples right into a new folder. It quickly wiped out 79 percent of them. As opposed to show up multiple notifications, it stacked up all pending alerts in a single notification box. I found the location of the notifications just a little odd; they slide in from the middle of the screen’s right side. I have done find that you can tweak the notification system to slip from left or right, at top, bottom, or center. You may also control how much time they stay visible.
I have an additional set of samples that started off as copies of the first. For each one of these, I changed the filename, added zeroes at the conclusion to alter the file size, and overwrote some non-executable bytes. Once I copied these to an alternative location, Emsisoft missed 27 percent of those whose originals it killed on sight. Fortunately, simple, signature-based detection is among the many layers of protection Emsisoft produces in 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 chose to quarantine these. It quarantined another as being an unwanted toolbar, and quarantined others according to suspicious behavior. I did so find that a couple of malware-related executable files managed to make it on the test system, which explains why Emsisoft earned 9.4 points as opposed to a perfect 10. But 100 percent detection is quite good.