Conclusion: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 now includes technology licensed from Bitdefender, but you'd be much, much better off just buying Bitdefender's antivirus, or any of the other PCMag's Editors' Choice products.
Pros: Installer updates antivirus signatures and runs a scan. Tech support battled mightily to solve problems. Good score in AV-Comparatives on-demand test. Behavior Blocker detects suspicious program activity.
Cons: Could not remove some infected files on almost every test system. Tech support used over a dozen non-Emsisoft programs and hours of time working on traces the program couldn't remove. Poor scores in PCMag malware removal and blocking tests. Poor antiphishing. Behavior Blocker warns about good and bad programs alike.
Conclusion: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5.0 is great at finding malware; too bad it flopped at removing what it found. It erroneously flagged several valid programs as specific, named malware, and its behavior-based detection kills both good and bad programs.
Pros: Twin-engine on-demand scanner has very high malware-detection rate. Blocks access to known malicious Web sites. Quarantines some malware on download. Warns of specific behaviors that may indicate malware. HijackFree utility aids in system exploration.
Cons: Program fails to thoroughly remove detected malware. Explicitly identifies valid programs as malware. One-dimensional behavior blocking blocks many valid programs.
Excerpt: Although looks have remained the same in version 8.1 of the package, the modifications available are significant. They range from improvements leading to less stress on the system to lighter updates and better malware cleaning. The price of the application is unchanged, namely $39.95 / 39.95 EUR, but discounts are applied for students and schools. Lower prices are also available for users in some countries.
Excerpt: The big news for this release is that Ikarus engine has been replaced in the suite with Bitdefender’s scanner. Besides increasing scan efficiency the developer also worked on cutting down on resource usage and delivering hourly signature updates for malware, phishing and privacy risk hosts. Unlike other recently launched security suite, the interface has undergone minor modifications and looks pretty much as in the previous release.
Summary: When online, the threat of infection from viruses and spyware is very real. Opting to install one program to protect against viruses and another to protect against spyware can not only end up being expensive, but means that your computer is running more software than it really needs to, and this can lead to a drop in performance. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a combined anti-spyware and anti-virus tool that combats both types of online threat.
Excerpt: Emsisoft Anti-Malware, ehemals “a-squared Anti-Malware”, ist ein Scanner, der Ihren PC vor Viren, Würmern, Bots, Spyware, Adware, Tracking-Cookies, Hijackern, Trojanern (Backdoors), Keyloggern, Rootkits und Dialern schützt und diese – falls vorhanden – auch entfernt. Emsisoft Anti-Malware verwendet 2 Scan-Engines – die Ikarus Anti-Virus-Engine (IK bzw. E2) und die hauseigene Anti-Spyware-Engine (A² bzw. E1).