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Emsisoft Anti-Malware Review

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Review

by September 21, 2015

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Review.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the official Emsisoft website; it is 165 MB in size and available in 30 languages. The trial version is fully functional and it provides full protection for thirty days. After testing period the program will switch to the free mode scan, i.e. you will be able to scan the system for viruses but you will not be able to protect it from the new virus infections in real time.

The installation procedure is not difficult. After accepting the license agreement, you just need three easy steps to complete the installation.

Installation 1

The first step-License– i.e. you have the possibility to activate the full version (of course, if you have got a valid license key), buy a new license or test the program for 30 days absolutely free of charge.

After selecting one of options, the program will offer you to join the Emsisoft Anti-Malware Network. You can skip this step, and join it later.

Installation 3

The second step-Update– in this step you can activate the detection of PUP, i.e. potentially unwanted programs. This feature can be also activated later.

Installation 6

The third step-Protected! – after configuring and activating all options, the program will be installed and ready for use and protection.

installation 7

The Interface of the Program

The interface of Emsisoft Anti-Malware is very intuitive and easy to use and it is designed in the Windows metro style.

At the top of the window there are six menu buttons which provide access to the main tools and settings of the program; they are as follows:

Overview– it consists of four tiles and gives you info about protection status of the computer (i.e. Protected-green, Partial protection- yellow and Not protected- red). Here you can also check if all protection modules are activated, namely, Surf protection, File guard and Behavior blocker and get access to the different scan types, Quarantine list and Logs.

In addition, you can get details about updates or the current version of the program and contact the support team for assistance.

Protection– it contains all protection components of the program such as File Guard, Behavior Blocker and Surf Protection.

Scan– it includes three different scan modes offered by the program, i.e. Quick Scan, Malware Scan and Custom Scan.

Quarantine– there is a list of quarantined malicious items found by the program in this tile.

Logs– in this section there are log files where you can view all activities and actions carried out by Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

Settings– it contains different settings of the program.

interface- Overview

The Main Features of the Program

Scan– Emsisoft Anti-Malware offers three different scan types- Quick Scan, Malware Scan and Custom Scan.

Quick Scan– it is the fastest scan type; the program scans only running applications and the most vulnerable places of the system, i.e. Windows folder, Program files and System registry.

After completion of the scan, the program will display complete info about scanned and detected files. You have the possibility to quarantine or delete found suspicious files on the one hand, or add them to the whitelist and open file location on the other hand.

In addition, you can view a thorough report about each found virus.

Quick Scan 1

Quick scan 2

Malware Scan– it is the most complete scan type of the program. Emsisoft Anti-Malware scans the entire computer. The time of scanning is not long, but, in any case, it depends on the size of the hard drive and the number of files. The program scans rootkits, the system memory, malware traces and all files.

Malware Scan 1

Custom Scan– if you do not want to scan the entire computer but only specific files and folders, you can take full advantage of the Custom scan because it allows you to configure your own scan settings. You can specify the objects for scanning (for example, rootkits, memory or malware traces) on the one hand and Scan settings (i.e. detect potentially unwanted software or not, scan in compressed archives, etc.).

In addition, you can use file extension filter and manually enter those files extensions which you want to be scanned.

You have the possibility to save selected custom scan settings and load it later without configuring and customizing the new scan preferences.

You can also configure Performance Settings (i.e. select processors for scans, number of threads and thread priority, for example, Low, Normal, High, etc.), manage Whitelist (i.e. specify those items that you wish to exclude from the scan) and specify those actions that the program must take on scan completion (for example, Shut down computer, etc.).

scan- Performance settings

scan- Whitelist

Scheduled Scan– Emsisoft Anti-Malware allows you to scan the computer not only manually but also automatically, i.e. you can schedule the scan process and run it at specified time. All you need is to select the preferred time, for example, daily, weekly, etc., specify Scan type (i.e. quick, malware or custom scan) and apply some advanced settings (for example, Scan silently, etc.).

scheduled scan- what

scheduled scan- When

Protection– Emsisoft Anti-Malware offers reliable and complete protection against all kind of malware in real time. Nothing passes Emsisoft’s watchful eye; it can detect and disinfect everything- viruses, Trojans, worms, and so on. Thanks to the program, you can run any application on the computer, browse the Internet safely and without any risk and open different files, even unknown files. Emsisoft Anti-Malware  uses the most advanced virus detection algorithms and can detect any malware based on the behavior of files and processes.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware allows you to set Application Rules, Surf Protection, File Guard and Behavior Blocker.

Application Rules– you can add any application to the program and define some rules for its execution. With the help of Emsisoft Anti-Malware you can block the application on the other hand or monitor it and allow and block specific activities, (for example, you can block backdoor, spyware or worm related activity, or, on the contrary, allow them, etc.) on the other hand.

Protection- Application Rules 2

Surf Protection– the Internet is a great place where you can find a lot of useful information on every subject, but, unfortunately, many websites contain malware and your computer may be easily infected with viruses. Emsisoft Anti-Malware offers an additional layer of protection and protects you from these malicious websites. With the help of the program you can block websites which distribute malware (i.e. Trojans, viruses, etc.), potentially unwanted programs or those websites that are involved in phishing and they are dangerous for your privacy.

Just enter a hostname or IP address and the program will constantly monitor it and block any unknown and dangerous actions.

Protection- Surf protection 1

Protection- Surf protection 2

File Guard– thanks to Emsisoft Anti-Malware every file on the computer is under the protection and constantly monitored. The program allows you to specify some rules for keeping each file safe and free from viruses.

You have the possibility to set up the following options- Scan Level (i.e. Fast, Balanced or Thorough), Malware Detections (i.e. actions taken by the program on malware detection, for example, Alert, Quarantine silently, etc.), PUP Detections (i.e. actions which must be taken on detection of potentially unwanted programs, for example, Quarantine with notification, etc.).

In addition, you can manually specify those extensions which you want to be scanned by the program, or, on the contrary, exclude some file types from the scan process on the one hand and create a whitelist and not scan specified files and folders.

With the help of Emsisoft Anti-Malware you can configure email notifications and the program will send you an email message if malware is detected.

Protection- File Guard 1

protection- File Guard 2

Behavior Blocker– the program can block and disinfect even unknown malware threats thanks to using heuristic detection method. Emsisoft Anti-Malware constantly monitors the behavior of each process and application and blocks it if it finds out something unusual. The program allows you to create specific rules for each running process and block or allow specific activities.

protection- behavior blocker

Quarantine– all quarantined objects are collected in the Quarantine section of the program. You can easily manage all items here, i.e. save copy of the detected object and submit files to the Emsisoft team for further analysis.

In addition, the program allows you to add any file to the quarantine list, restore or delete quarantined objects or save the quarantine list as a text file.


Logs– every operation performed by the program is saved as log files. You have the possibility to view scans, quarantined objects, update info, etc. and save it as a text file.

Scan log

Settings– in this section you can configure some settings of the program, for example, General (for example, real-time or self-protection, explorer integration or backup and restore , and some others), Privacy (SSL encryption, crash and usage reports, etc.), Update (i.e. specify automatic updates of the program), Notifications (for example, software and signature update notifications, etc.), Permissions (i.e. set a password and restrict access to the program) and License (i.e. manage the current license).


System Requirements

Windows 7- Windows 10

At least 1 GB of RAM


Emsisoft Anti-Malware is rightly considered as one of the best antivirus on the software market for it provides reliable and complete protection against viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, rootkits, adware and other Internet threats.

Thanks to the most advanced technologies used by the program, it can detect and remove any malicious files before they harm the computer.

The program is easy to use and offers a lot of options for protecting the system, because it includes powerful antivirus engines.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware does not load the system much; it is very lightweight on the system resources.

The program is easily configurable; you can set up all its features and it will work silently in the background without slowing down the computer and without disturbing you.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is the best choice for those computer users who care about your system and want to have a great program at affordable price.


1. Powerful antivirus engine that detects and disinfects any malware
2. Different scan types
3. Easily configurable protection modules



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