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Emsisoft Anti-Malware/Anti-Trojan Software


Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a malware protection software which is specialized in detecting Trojan Horses (Trojans), Worm-Viruses (Worms), Dialers and Spyware/Adware. This also includes Viruses, Backdoors, Browser Hijackers, Rootkits, harmful BHOs, Hacking Tools, KeyLoggers, Exploits, Nukers and any kind of other harmful software tools.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware ist eine Malware Schutz-Software welche auf die Erkennung und Beseitigung von Trojanischen Pferden (Trojanern), Wurm-Viren (Würmern), Dialer und Spyware/Adware spezialisiert ist. Das inkludiert ebenso Viren, Backdoors, Browser Hijacker, Rootkits, gefährliche BHOs, Hacker Tools, KeyLogger, Exploits, Nuker und jede andere Art von schadhafter Software.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware est un logiciel gratuiciel de protection contre les Malwares qui est spécialisé sur la reconnaissance et l'élimination des Trojans chevaux de Troie (Trojans), Vers/Virus (Vers), Dialers et Spywares/Adwares. Cela inclue également les Backdoors, Browser Hijacker, les dangereux BHOs, Hacker Tools, KeyLogger, Exploits, Nuker et autre genre de logiciel endommageur.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware es un software freeware de protección contra malware que se especializa en detectar Caballos Troyanos (Troyanos), Virus-Gusano (Worms), Dialers (Marcadores) y Spyware/Adware. Esto también incluye Backdoors, Hijackers del navegador, BHOs dañinos, herramientas de Hacking, KeyLoggers, Exploits, Nukers y cualquier otro tipo de software dañino.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware e' un software di protezione da malware che e' specializzato nel rilevamento di Trojan Horses (Trojans), Worm-Viruses (Worms), Dialers e Spyware/Adware. Questo include anche Backdoors, Browser Hijackers, BHO pericolosi, Strumenti per hacking, KeyLoggers, Exploits, Nukers e qualsiasi altro tipo di strumento software pericoloso.
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Emsisoft Anti-Malware awarded at recent Netzsieger test

Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9 was rated a “solid and safe program” and achieved a score of 4.74 / 5, ranking “Excellent” in the first test run.

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The improved user interface, that can be used quite easily on touch-enabled computers, and the fast response times of our multilingual support forum especially caught the editors’ attention.

Netzsieger editors also appreciate that Emsisoft Anti-Malware can be operated in parallel with other antivirus software. Whether you need two virus scanners at the same time or not, Emsisoft leaves the decision up to the user.


Editorial verdict: “Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9 is a very good antivirus program that comes with a double protection engine and the compatibility to run multiple virus scanners from other security vendors.”


The full report is available at (German only).

Emsisoft Runs 4 month Malware Protection Marathon at AV-Comparatives, Finishes First

avc advanced+ jul 2014 It’s that time of year again – AV-Comparatives has published the results of its 4 month long anti-malware comparative marathon: the Whole Product Dynamic Real World Protection Test, which is the most signficant comparative in their testing series. What does that mean for Emsisoft users? More proof that Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides the highest possible level of anti-malware protection and performance.

An Advanced+ Challenge

AVC’s “Real World” protection test is meant to emulate real world conditions. Accordingly, tested products can use any and all of their protection features to prevent malware infection from a daily stream of the most recent threats, over the course of 4 full months. In all, each product was exposed to 4,003 malware samples – roughly 1,000 a month. At the end of testing, prevention-infection rates were tallied and compared.

An Advanced+ Performance

avc real world mar-june 2014AV-Comparatives’ testing has shown that Emsisoft Anti-Malware ranks in the highest possible tier of anti-malware protection and performance. The facts: * Emsisoft Anti-Malware received Advanced+ Certification. Only 7 others from a group of 22 can say the same.  * Emsisoft Anti-Malware properly blocked 3,998 out of 4,003 test cases. Only 5 malware samples were not properly blocked. At 99.9%, this was the best detection rate amongst all participants. * In 17 test cases, Emsisoft Anti-Malware showed an alert window that let the user decide whether to block or allow (while the recommended action was always block). AVC deducts points in cases where user interaction is required, and it is for this reason alone that we ranked #4 in the total results – even with the highest malware detection rate in the testing. * Emsisoft Anti-Malware competed as one of the only non-Internet Security Suite offerings. That means we provided some of the best protection in testing with the fewest computing resources at our disposal.

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac/Android-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Full March-June 2014 Whole Product Dynamic Real World Protection Test results available for download here.

Advanced+ Rating in AV-Comparatives Proactive Test – March 2014

avc-proactive-march-2014-1Emsisoft Anti-Malware has received an Advanced+ rating in AV-Comparatives’ latest Proactive Test. This is the highest rank a participating anti-malware can receive!

About the Test

AV-Comparatives’ Proactive Test is the second half of the organization’s File Detection Test, which initially ran in March. The Proactive Test measures an anti-malware’s ability to proactively protect a computer from the latest malware threats using heuristic and behavior blocking components alone. Emsisoft Anti-Malware was one of only 13 vendors brave enough to sign up for testing. What followed was exposure to 1200 new and very prevalent malware signatures, collected nearly 3 months after the anti-malware stopped receiving updates. The task was then to prevent infection – without access to an up to date online signature database.

Advanced+ Results

Emsisoft Anti-Malware achieved an 85% Proactive Protection rate. That means that even if our software didn’t utilize a real-time, signature database capable of detecting 99.5% of everything it sees, we would still be able to protect our users from 85/100 malicious programs. An important caveat here is that many of our Proactive Protections only received “half credit” because they relied on user interaction. Were we to make an anti-malware that allowed for less user flexibility and freedom of choice, our Proactive Protection rate would soar – however so would our false positives. Just as it did in the first half of testing, Emsisoft Anti-Malware had very few false alarms: 3 to be exact, none of which came from a body of 200 of the most commonly downloaded software packages, according to AV-C.

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized.

Full March 2014 Retrospective/Proactive Test results available for download here.

Video review: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9 vs real zero-day malware

See yourself how the brand new version of Emsisoft Anti-Malware performs against dozens of brand new malware samples:



Thanks to Stargatefan10 for this awesome review!


Advanced+ Rating in AV-Comparatives File Detection Test – March 2014

Emsisoft Anti-Malware has received an Advanced+ rating in AV-Comparatives’ latest File Detection Test of Malicious Software. This is the highest rank a participating anti-malware can receive!


Testing Conditions

Malware Sample: AV-Comparatives’ latest File Detection Test subjected Emsisoft Anti-Malware to 125,977 malware samples. Samples were collected up to February 21st, 2014 and were selected to provide an accurate representation of the Internet’s most prevalent and recent threats.

Test Format: The File Detection Test tested 23 anti-malware products under identical conditions. Each product was installed and set to run on default settings on an Internet connected PC running Microsoft Windows 7 SP-1 64 bit. Each product was also updated to its most recent version as of March 7th, 2014. Testing PCs were loaded with the malware samples, and then each product was set to run its standard scan.

Scoring: Performance scores were based on the percentage of samples detected as well as the number of false positive detections, or “false alarms.” AV-C states that this latter component was included because it can produce skewed detection rates and because “false alarms can sometimes cause as much trouble as a real infection.” This is because false alarms often lead to end-user annoyance and stressful situations caused by perceived infection.

Our commitment to unobtrusive technology: While the majority of vendors submitted Internet Security suite offerings to this latest comparative, Emsisoft chose to submit its standalone anti-malware, Emsisoft Anti-Malware. This was done because we believe quality anti-malware should be as lightweight as possible.

Advanced+ Results

99.5% File Detection Rate: Emsisoft Anti-Malware detected 99.5% of the malicious files in the test’s malware sample body. The vendor with the lowest performance had an 89% detection rate. AV-C also tested Microsoft Windows 7 Security Essentials to provide a benchmark. This is the anti-malware that comes pre-installed on most Windows computers (known as Defender on Windows 8). Security Essentials caught only 90% of the test’s malware sample body, demonstrating once again that relying on Microsoft’s default security software alone is simply not enough to ensure comprehensive malware protection.

“Very Few” False Alarms: We’re proud to report that Emsisoft Anti-Malware had only 3 false alarms in this latest comparative, placing our anti-malware in the category’s highest tier. Our low false alarm rate is part of our overall initiative to provide low-impact, unobtrusive anti-malware to our customers. Other vendors actually had so many false alarms (up to 111!) that AV-C actually included a “Crazy Many” tier when it scored this category.


Advanced+ File Detection Performance

Advanced+ Rating: The combination of Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s high File Detection and low False Alarm rates earned our software an Advanced+ rating overall.

What does this mean for our users? Simply put: Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects the most prevalent and recent malware threats, and isn’t fooled into reporting false positives. Combined with a low-impact design, this means our users achieve comprehensive PC protection with little-to-no decision making required.

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized.

Full March 2014 File Detection Test results available for download here.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Conquers MRG-Effitas Q4 2013 Time to Detect Assessment

The Q4 2013 MRG-Effitas Time to Detect Assessment results are in.

The verdict?  Emsisoft Anti-Malware receives a Perfect 100% Score once again.

Testing Conditions


MRG-Effitas assesses the ability of security software to protect computers from live and active malware in the wild.  The Q4 2013 Time to Detect Assessment exposed 19 different products to 567 early life malware samples.  85% of these samples came from live URLs; 15% came from a USB stick.

The “Time to Detect” metric measures how long it takes a software to detect a malware infection that the software was unable to prevent.

Emsisoft’s 100% Performance

  • 567 samples blocked
  • 0 samples missed
  • Time to Detect:  0 hours

Emsisoft Anti-Malware blocked 100% of the test’s malware samples on its very first try.  Nothing slipped through. As such, our Time to Detect metric was 0 hours.




“Emsisoft, Kaspersk[y] and SoftSphere were the only applications which successfully detected/blocked all 567 malicious binaries and so protected the system under test from infection in the first instance.”

Kaspersky Employees: +2,700
Emsisoft Employees: +25

Same results; 108 times more efficient.

Complete report available for download at the MRG-Effitas website.

About MRG-Effitas

MRG-Effitas is assessing the ability of a cohort of security products to prevent an endpoint from being infected by live, ITW malware. The two metrics MRG-Effitas believes are most relevant are:

1. The time taken to protect a system. There are two sub elements to this metric:

  • Time to detect
  • Time to remediate

2. Assessment of data exfiltration. There are three sub elements to this metric:

  • Determination as to whether a data breach has occurred or not (uncorrupted data)
  • Calculation of what was breached
  • Measurement of how long the breach occurred

VB100 Ranking for Emsisoft Anti-Malware on Windows 8.1

vb100-dec2013The results from VB100’s Comparative Review on Windows 8.1 are in, and Emsisoft Anti-Malware showed yet another solid performance.  This test was unique because Virus Bulletin intentionally timed it to coincide with the October’s Windows 8.1 release, yet Emsisoft braved the challenge head on and did quite well, if we say so ourselves.

VB100 Dec. 2013 Windows 8.1 Test Results:

  • On demand Standard & Extended Wildlist:  100%
  • On access Standard & Extended Wildlist:  100%
  • False Positives: 0
  • Warnings: 0

Emsisoft Anti-Malware also had one of the lowest file access lag times in the bunch and put up an impressive show against Windows Defender.  In fact, this round of VB100 testing was the first time the organization compared vendors to Defender, and Emsisoft Anti-Malware outperformed the default anti-virus in numerous subtests!

Virus Bulletin Concludes:

  • Emsisoft had a strong 2013, putting in a nice run of passes…”
  • “The interface is bright and attractive…proving clear and simple to use, offering a good set of controls.”
  • “On-access lag times seemed very light indeed…RAM use was low…and our set of activities blasted through very quickly…”
  • Detection was really quite excellent.”

About Virus Bulletin

Virus Bulletin is a neutral authority that conducts some of the most respected tests in the Anti-Virus industry. We are proud to announce that Emsisoft Anti-Malware has once again achieved the VB100 rating, this time in December 2013′s Comparative Review on Windows 8.1. The full report can be found in the December 2013 edition of Virus Bulletin.

Technical Specs:

“All tests were run on identical systems with AMD A6-3670K Quad Core 2.7GHz processors, 4GB DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz RAM, dual 500GB and 1TB SATA hard drives and gigabit networking, running Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64-bit edition.” –VB100 Comparative Review on Windows 8.1.

Emsisoft Receives Special Mention in AV-Comparatives’ 2013 Summary Review

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Each year, Austrian based independent antivirus testing organization, AV-Comparatives, releases an annual report summarizing the results of all the tests it has conducted throughout the year.  Back in December of 2013, Emsisoft received an Advanced+ ranking from AV-C for our top performance  in their semi-annual Real World Protection Test.   You might not have known it, but we actually did quite well on a few other important AV-Cs throughout the year, and to commend our performance AV-Comparatives has given us a special mention in their 2013 Summary Report!

Consistent, Unobtrusive Performance on our Very First Try

Every year, AV-C pits software against software to determine which vendor is offering the very best anti-malware solution.  AV-C’s testing methods focus on determining which software can provide the best protection against real-world Internet threats, which can identify the most recent malicious programs among thousands of signatures, and which can provide the most comprehensive protection without slowing down the PC.  AV-C also runs optional tests to determine how well an anti-malware product  can remove malware from an infected computer, block new and unknown threats, and protect users from phishing attacks.

2013 was the very first year Emsisoft participated in any of AV-C’s tests.  We’d be lying if we said we weren’t intimidated by their comprehensiveness and their rigor, but looking back we’re quite proud of how we fared.  Even better, AV-C was impressed with our seminal performance as well:

“We feel that Emsisoft deserves a special mention for gaining the Silver Award in the Real-World Protection Test in its first year of testing.”

To us, this is quite the compliment — even if we didn’t quite make Gold.

Emsisoft’s 2013 AV-C Awards

Achieving AV-C’s Silver Award for Real World Protection in 2013 is the result of receiving top marks on both of the testing agency’s Real World Protection tests.  As mentioned above the most recent of these tests took place in December 2013, but there was actually another one that took place from March to June, the results of which were published in September.

AV-C’s Real World Protection Test measures anti-malware software under real world, dynamic conditions.  To do well, an anti-malware “must provide a high level of protection without producing too many false alarms, and without requiring the user to make many decisions.”  Anti-malware solutions that rank high in the Real World Protection test are those that demand little from their users and that operate unobtrusively in the background of their PC.  Each test is 3 months long, and after each round Emsisoft received an Advanced+ rating, the test’s highest mark.

In addition, Emsisoft also received an Advanced+ rating on AV-C’s File Detection Test in September, which evaluated how well our software could identity malicious files once they had been loaded onto a computer.  In all, this gave Emsisoft a 99.2% Protection Rate for the year.

AV-C Likes Our Take on PUPs, Too


Awards aside, AV-C also liked Emsisoft’s take on PUPs, commending it as a “well-illustrated” component of our software’s installation process.

If you haven’t heard, PUPs comprise an emerging (and quite annoying) segment of not-so-malware that come in on freeware installs and that you really don’t want bogging down your PC.  Many anti-malware companies are slow to mention PUPs, and so we couldn’t be happier to see that an independent testing organization like AV-C is recognizing them for what they are — and that they’ve got a sense of humor.  To learn more about PUPs, check out recent knowledge base blog post published last month.

AV-C Gold in 2014!

Overall, Emsisoft is proud to have placed as high as we did among 22 competitive vendors.  But we’re not stopping there.  2014 is here, and we’re ready to take on whatever AV-Comparatives can throw at us a second time around.  By this time next year, our goal is to achieve AV-C Gold, and to bring that 99.2 as close to 100% as possible, while remaining as unobtrusive as ever for the sake of our customers.

2013 was a year well done, but providing anti-malware is a job that never ends.  After a well spent holiday, Emsisoft is prepared for 2014 and ready to provide top ranking performance yet again!

Emsisoft is OPSWAT Certified



Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 has just received OPSWAT Certification, an industry standard for interoperability in systems administration.  OPSWAT Certification is awarded to security software that has been verified interoperable with networking technology solutions such as Juniper and Cisco, and software that is certified is recognized as being easily integrable on millions of user endpoints.

For more information on OPSWAT Certification, check out OPSWAT For Software Vendors at

AV-Comparatives 2013 Real World Protection Test

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware stands up to yet another round of testing, this time receiving an Advanced+ rating in AV-Comparatives’ 2013 August-November Real World Protection Test – the most important test of the second half of 2013.

Advanced+ is the highest ranking a program can receive, and The AVC Real World Test is one of the most comprehensive and trying evaluations in the industry.  The test is constructed to emulate real-world antimalware situations, meaning that top performers are those that provide end users with the absolute best in computer security and antivirus protection.

Primary Conditions

AV-Comparatives (AVC) is an independent, Austrian based antivirus testing organization. AVC is dedicated to testing whether antivirus security software “lives up to its promises,” and it does so by running its Real World Protection Test twice a year.

The Real World Protection Test is designed to re-create the typical experience of your everyday PC user. To begin, AVC installs each program to be tested on a computer with the following specifications:

Type: Dell Optiplex 755
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Disk: 80 GB SSD
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit, updated to August 2nd, 2013

Computers are then loaded with the antivirus software, configured to default settings. What follows is a 4 month testing period, where each computer and its given software goes through a typical user experience every single day.

Daily User Experience

The AVC Real World Protection test is such a strong benchmark for performance because it re-creates the daily usage patterns of the typical PC user.  Testing computers are loaded with available updates from their installed security suites at the beginning of every single day.

AVC then proceeds to expose each computer with samples of the Internet’s most recent malware.  About 50% of exposures include URLs that link directly to executable malware files.  This practice is meant to simulate what occurs when users are duped into downloading malware by means of social engineering, such as occurs with spam and Trojans.  The remaining half of malware exposure is from drive-by downloads – almost all of which were blocked by all tested software.

In all, each security suite was exposed to 1821 test cases.

How Emsisoft Performed

A quick visual representation of performance illustrates that Emsisoft was a top performer all 4 months.

August: 443 exposures

August: 443 exposures

September: 326 exposures

September: 326 exposures

 October: 527 exposures

October: 527 exposures

 November: 525 exposures

November: 525 exposures

By the numbers, Emsisoft Anti-Malware running on default settings was only compromised twice.  That’s just 2 instances out of 1821, for a 99.9% blockage rate, placing us as the 3rd most effective security program in a field of 22 competitors.  Since testing, the weaknesses that allowed both bugs in have been patched.

False Alarms

AVC also took false alarms into consideration during testing.  This was done to simulate real life usage and interaction with each antivirus software.  For real users, there is nothing more inefficient than a security suite that is overprotective and prevents freedom of usage.  False alarms that call for user permission can also be quite annoying.

From August to November, Emsisoft performed at a below average false alarm rate.  This can be attributed to the software’s user friendly design and emphasis on efficiency.

The Bottom Line

Speaking of efficient, Emsisoft Anti-Malware was one of the few programs tested that wasn’t an Internet Security Suite and was instead simply an antivirus platform.  AVC’s standard procedure is to test Internet Security Suites, however it does give vendors the option to submit any suite of their choosing.

We decided to submit Emsisoft Anti-Malware on its own, to prove that we didn’t need a bloated suite to ensure effective protection.  As it turns out, we were right.  We placed in the highest tier, receiving an Advanced+ Certification from one of the most objective independent agencies in the world.

Here’s to yet another Anti-Malware Free Year!

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