Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 Review and Guide 2017

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

The new Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 version provides triple layer protection, including internet surf protection, real-time file guard and effective behavior blocker.

Emsisoft Protection Layers

1. Surf Protection

Surf Protection prevents users from connecting and using malicious websites which can infect your computer with trojans, ransomware or any other type of malware.

2. Real-Time File Guard

Real-time File Guard continuously checks all the downloaded and modified files with the advanced super-quick Emsisoft dual-engine scanner.

3. Behavior Blocker

Behavior Blocker is able to stop 0-day security threats that aren’t yet known by antivirus signatures.

Once Emsisoft detects a software committing suspicious behavior, it displays a user alert. You can choose whether to block or remove the suspicious application, or quarantine it as potentially dangerous.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware effectively stops and prevents the most sophisticated ransomware viruses, banking trojans, backdoors and adware programs, including browser toolbars and extensions, PUPs and other commercial bulk that slows down your PC.


Emsisoft’s Unique Benefits:

  • Malware removal guarantee from EmsiSoft’s experts
  • No computer slowdowns
  • Free 30-day trial version
  • Daily auto-updates at no extra cost
  • First-class experienced support team
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Loyalty bonuses and discounts for customers

Emsisoft’s Professional Awards:

  • 3 x Top Rated product of the year – AV-Comparatives, AT
  • 17 x VB100 Award – VirusBulletin, UK
  • AV-Test Certified, DE
  • 3 x First place out of 46 – COMSS, RU
  • 8 x Best in test – MRG-Effitas, UK
  • 13 x “Advanced+” – AV-Comparatives, AT
  • Antivirus of the year – multiple publications

Test Results

According to the AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report, Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects 99.0% of 0-day malware attacks and 99.9% of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last month.

Protection Score (protection against malware infections): 5.5/6.0
Performance Score (average influence of the program on PC speed): 4.5/6.0
Usability Score: 5.0/6.0

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

EmsiSoft Anti-Malware System Requirements

  • Any PC running Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • All features are available on x86 and x64 OS
  • Installer size: 232 MB

Free Trial and Premium Versions

30-day Free Trial Version

During installation of the program, you can select a 30-day free trial version.
It switches to freeware scanner mode on a trial expiry. The freeware version still allows you to scan your PC and manually remove all the detected malware for free. However, the freeware version doesn’t provide real-time protection unless you buy a license key.

Premium Version

If you decide to purchase a full version license, you will enjoy a real-time anti-malware, anti-adware and anti-ransomware protection which stops any virus before it infects your computer. You can buy a 1-year license key for your PC just for $39.95.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Setup Guide

Step 1. DOWNLOAD EmsiSoft Anti-Malware installer and double-click the downloaded “EmsisoftAntiMalwareSetup.exe” file to launch it.

Emsisoft Installer

Step 2. You may get a system pop-up window asking “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” Simply click “Yes” button in the “User Account Control” dialog box to proceed.

Emsisoft User Account Control

Step 3. You will be shown a software license and maintenance agreement. Please carefully read the agreement and if it’s suitable for you check “I accept the agreement” radio button and click “Install” button to continue.

Emsisoft License Agreement

Step 4. Emsisoft Anti-Malware will be quickly installed on your computer within just 30 seconds.

Emsisoft Installation

Step 5. Once the installation process is complete, you will be shown a screen asking what type of software license you want to use. You can select a free 30-day trial version or buy a new license key.

Emsisoft Trial Version

When your free 30-day trial is over, Emsisoft Anti-Malware will automatically turn to a freeware operational mode. The freeware version allows you to scan your PC and remove all the detected malware for free. However, the freeware version doesn’t provide real-time protection unless you buy a license key.

Step 6. You will offered to join the Emsisoft Anti-Malware network. In this case you agree to submit anonymous statistics on detected malware and malicious websites to Emsisoft’s servers. You won’t need to register any account – just click the appropriate button.

However, you can simply select the “No, thanks” option to proceed to the next step.

Emsisoft Enti-Malware Network

Step 7. The program will automatically start downloading antivirus signature updates. This process may take up to 1-2 minutes, so please be patient and wait until all the downloads are complete.

Emsisoft Downloading Updates

Step 8. When the application has finished updating, click on the “Next” button to continue.

Emsisoft Finish Updating

Step 9. Click the “Enable PUP detections” to activate the detection of potentially unwanted programs and rogue applications.

Emsisoft Enable PUPs Detections

Step 10. You will see a short instruction regarding the use of EmsiSoft Anti-Malware. Click the “Finish installation” button.

Emsisoft Finish Installation

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Scan Guide

Step 11. Finally, you will be shown a program overview window where you can immediately select Malware Scan option to scan your computer for all malware, adware and other security threats.

Emsisoft Malware Scan

Step 12. The full system scan takes only 2-3 minutes. Emsisoft Anti-Malware will scan your file system, memory and Windows Registry. During the scan you will see different items listed in the scanning window. You will also see the risk level for every detected suspicious file or registry key.

Emsisoft Scan Process

Step 13. Once the malware scan is complete, you can quarantine the detected suspicious files or delete them from your system.

Emsisoft Quarantine

Step 14. You will be asked to restart your computer in order to complete the removal of all detections and to finish the cleanup process.

Emsisoft Quarantine Process

Emsisoft Quarantine Complete

Emsisoft Anti-Malware Interface and Settings Review

When Emsisoft Anti-Malware starts for the first time on your computer, you will get to the Overview large interface window. The Overview screen features four big panels titled Protection, Scan, Quarantine, and Logs. Main menu on the top duplicates those four panel titles and adds Overview and Settings. When you click a panel or a menu item, you get a submenu with different corresponding settings on the line below.

Emsisoft Overview

Scan Section

Scan section allows you to choose from three available scan types and to start a new threat scan.

Emsisoft Scan Section

A. Quick Scan

Quick Scan only scans active programs and processes which are currently running on your PC. This is a right option to use if you’ve already performed a full system scan and want to remove any malware traces which might stay in your system.

B. Malware Scan

Malware Scan is the primary deep scan method which checks all the system files and registry keys on your computer. This precise scan method may take up to 3-4 minutes, but it can save you a lot of time due to a significant computer performance improvement.

Emsisoft Scan Process

C. Custom Scan

Custom Scan allows you to configure your own scan settings that Emsisoft Anti-Malware will follow when scanning your PC. Here you can exclude any hard drive partition, folder of file from scanning.

Emsisoft Custom Scan

You can also define what objects Emsisoft Anti-Malware should try to find, including rootkits, active malware, malware traces or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Custom Scan also allows to limit the scan to the specidied file extensions and to scan in compressed archives (rar, zip, cab).

Emsisoft Custom Scan

D. Scheduled Scans

Scheduled Scans allow you to scan your PC for security threats automatically at recurring intervals.

Emsisoft Scheduled Scans

You can set up daily, weekly or monthly scans and set up different advanced settings for the scheduled scans.

Emsisoft Scheduled Scans

Protection Section

A. Application Rules

Application Rules allow you to applications and programs that you wish to block from running on your PC, block a program from performing some certain behavior, or to allow a program to run on your computer if you think that this program had been blocked incorrectly.

Emsisoft Application Rules

Emsisoft Application Rules

B. Surf Protection

Surf Protection allows you to define the websites which Emsisoft Anti-Malware should block automatically from visiting.

Emsisoft Surf Protection

You can also whitelist any website if you think that this site had been blocked incorrectly or if you plan to visit a malicious website.

Emsisoft Surf Protection

C. File Guard

File Guard allows you to configure the scan settings and to set up a level of malware scans. While a scan with Balanced level checks only files when they are modified, a scan with Thorough level will scan all files when they are read.

Emsisoft File Guard

D. Behavior Blocker

Behavior Blocker allows to set up settings for the behavioral layer of Emsisoft protection. Here you can stop a suspicious program from running, lookup detailed information about this program or move it to quarantine.

You also can define fully trusted applications to stop behavior alerts.

Emsisoft Behavior Blocker

Quarantine Section

When the Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects a suspicious behaviour, it places the detected malicious objects into Quarantine.

Emsisoft Quarantine

You have options to re-scan all the files or permanently remove them from your computer.

Emsisoft Re-Scan Files

Emsisoft Delete Threats

On the other hand, you can select a particular file and simply click “Restore” button to restore it back to the original location on your PC.

Emsisoft Restore Quarantine Files

Logs Section

Logs Section provides detailed information about each security events, including its date, name, system path, and detection method.

Emsisoft Logs

You can also find results of the latest scans and results of program’s manual and automatic signature updates.

Emsisoft Scan Logs

Settings Section

Settings section contains vaiour settings for program’s protection modes, automatic updates, pop-up notifications, scan exclusions, administrator permissions and license information.

Emsisoft Settings

Emsisoft License Information


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