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#113760 Is your Antivirus software tracking you?

Posted by Elise on 13 July 2014 - 09:41 AM

What I find interesting is that many security-conscious users do not consider this. Some people do everything to make sure no personal data is being collected by applying the most complicated security settings (both in Windows and third-party applications), but they do not consider even for a moment what their AV might transmit.

On the other hand I find it sad to see that programs that are supposed to protect you, and that are trusted by the ones using (and often paying for) them, in fact collect so much personal data. In my opinion if you commit to protecting a computer you should apply the rules to your own product as well.

Ironically, many PUP products are accused of collecting personal data and they all do their best to convince us that they really don't do this. There are cases where security products actually collect more data than the PUP programs they detect.

#59026 How to translate Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emergency Kit into a new language...

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 27 September 2012 - 07:26 PM

Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emergency Kit use a text file based translation system. Such language files have the extension .LNG and can usually be found in the Languages sub-directory of the installation directory (for example "C:\Program Files\Emsisoft Anti-Malware\Languages\"). Since a lot of strings are shared between the products, all products use the same language files. So there is no need to translate the language files of each product separately.

We maintain the English as well as the German translation ourselves, so we can guarantee that those files are always up to date and they therefore should be used to base new translations upon. To make sure that you have the latest languages files please run the online update before you start your translation.

The language files adhere to the Windows INI file standard and in general are made up of the following parts:
  • [Sections]
    Sections are enclosed in square brackets and are used to seperate various areas within the language files. Sections must not be translated.
  • //Comments
    Comments always start with two forward slashes. They are completely ignored by the application and can be used to keep notes. Translation of comments is completely optional.
    Note that all lately modified lines in en-us.lng are copied and commented too. They are just for reference to track modifications on the original file.
  • Key=Value
    The actual language strings are contained within the language file as key value pairs. The key part (which is the part before the equal sign) is used by the application to identify where the string is used and therefore must not be translated. The value part (everything after the equal sign) is the actual text displayed by the application and therefore must be translated.
  • Keep in mind that Language files are plain text files. So if you want to edit a file make sure you do so with a plain text editor like Notepad. Text processing software like Microsoft Word or Works will not work.
Creating a new translation
The first step in creating a new translation is to make a copy of the language file you want to base it upon (either "en-us.lng" or "de-de.lng"). The copy should use the ISO language code as a file name. If you want to translate the product into Dutch for example it should be named "nl-nl.lng". Keep in mind that while Emsisoft Anti-Malware is running you are unable to change any of the installation directory's content. To create the copy in the Languages directory and edit it you will have to close Emsisoft Anti-Malware first or alternatively disable the self protection in the Configuration section.

At the top of the file you will find a special section called "LanguageInfo". This section contains various information used by the application to determine how to parse and display the language file. The section contains the following values:
  • Version
    The product version number this translation is based upon. Keep in mind that this is always the Emsisoft Anti-Malware version number, as Emsisoft Emergency Kit is a stripped down Emsisoft Anti-Malware version.
  • Language
    The English name of the language this language file contains.
  • LanguageLocal
    The native name of the language.
  • Author
    The name of the author of this file. This should be your name if you create a new translation.
  • Email
    The email address of the author. This should be your email address if you create a new translation.
  • Date
    The date when this file was last edited. Make sure to update this value whenever you change the file.
The LanguageInfo section of the German language file for example looks like this:
author=Emsisoft GmbH
Once you have adjusted the LanguageInfo section of your new language file, you can start translating the other sections.

Updating an existing language file
Language files do change whenever new user interface controls or features are implemented. In these cases it is not necessary to translate the entire language file again. Instead you can just add the new values to an existing language file. To facilitate this process we have added an overview that shows you which languages aren't up-to-date and exactly which strings need translation:

Simply click on the language to see which strings are missing. The format of the returned strings is "[section] valuename=string". We recommend that you make translation updates on a copy of the file. This is to prevent the online update from overwriting your changes on the next update. You also might find the tool WinMerge very useful to highlight added and removed lines.

Testing your new or updated language file
To test your new or updated language file simply restart the application and select the language you added or updated from the language selection drop down menu.

Submitting your translation
Once you have created a new translation or updated an existing translation, feel free to submit it here in the forum. Just create a new thread for your language if it doesn't exist yet and attach your language file to it. If a thread for this particular language already exists, add your updated language file as a reply to the existing thread.

As a little thank you for your effort we are handing out free licenses for all our products to translators. This applies not only to full translations but to updates and corrections of existing translations as well :).

Reporting errors or problems with translations
If you find an error in a particular translation or if you run into any problems, please feel free to post them in the translation's forum thread.

#46011 Automatic game/full screen mode...

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 09 March 2012 - 11:24 PM

This feature has already been implemented in the current development version and will be available in the next version :).

#115340 a lot of False positives ?

Posted by Elise on 09 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

Hi G-hot,

All these files are detected as PUP/adware (Application/Adware prefix), this means they're not malicious, but may exhibit possible undesired behavior. For example, offer the installation of third-party toolbars or application during setup. For this reason these are not false-positives and detection will not be changed.

#113704 Is your Antivirus software tracking you?

Posted by stapp on 12 July 2014 - 07:21 AM

Only 2 av's were listed as the most privacy conscious... and Emsisoft was one of them





Emsisoft also comes out looking good. They send a bit more information when you encounter malicious files — for example, they’ll send suspicious executable files to the antivirus company — but they’ll never send a list of websites you visit or your documents over the Internet


#112593 License Key from 2.0.2 won't work in V9

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 25 June 2014 - 09:43 AM

Have a current license for and it is working fine. Downloaded V9 update and copy/pasted the key I received when I purchased V2 but V9 says it is invalid.

It appears you are mixing up Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (current version is and Emsisoft Anti-Malware (current version is Since Malwarebytes and Emsisoft are entirely different companies, the license keys aren't interchangeable. However, if you want I can send you a free 1 year license of our product :).

#111165 SVP FP AGAIN!

Posted by Siketa on 05 June 2014 - 09:11 PM

I'm also a customer, so what?


It seems you don't understand the way things work.

Each new version of unsigned application has to be manually added to AMN.

Emsi team is doing great job (I have bad experience with Comodo) but they can not trace all existing apps in the web!

Like I already recommended you, turn off behavior blocker module while installing known good software and then enable it again after the installation is finished.


It's that easy!

#108153 AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test March 2014

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 17 April 2014 - 05:21 PM

Great to see that FPs are decreasing.....

False positives didn't change compared to last year at all actually. We just had a lot of catching up to do. The false positive test set AVC compiled contains files, that even VT hasn't seen yet (which is quite an accomplishment) and that aren't even available online any longer. If you throw a product into that test for the very first time, it is bound to have higher false positives than other products who had the chance to scan earlier revisions of the collection before. That is a fact that AVC itself recognizes and is the reason why the false positive results for our product included a disclaimer.

My question is - why Emsisoft does not participate in these tests

They are simply too expensive and don't reach nearly as many people as AVC does. We may take part in those tests eventually, but in the end it comes down to either take part in this one test that most magazines don't really care about, or hire a new full time employee for a year.

It is no longer so good and colorful.
Whom to believe? Can do your own individual tests and see your scores?
I would recommend it just to do ....

CRDF is unreliable. The way it works is, that they query VT to see if they have seen a file before and if so, get the last scan results.

The problem with that approach is, that malware or files that have never been seen on VT, won't be included in the results, because CRDF does not submit any files to VT. One could argue that those are the most interesting ones as they are more likely to be new malware.

If files have been submitted before, no rescan is issued. That means, the scan results they use for the statistics can potentially be days or even weeks old.

Their sample set also contains a ton of PUPs. I can't talk for other companies, but we specifically asked VirusTotal not to enable the PUP detection. It just saves us a ton of hassle having to deal with PUP companies all day, as most of them just check if their crap is detected on VT. Out of curiosity I downloaded their samples for February and March a few weeks ago (12,756 files in total, 1,270 of which aren't PE EXE files) and just judging by the digital certificates and version info alone at least 6,800 of the remaining 11,486 executable files are PUPs.

We talked to CRDF in the past, to maybe provide some more details in their statistic, but in their opinion these statistics shouldn't be used by anyone, so they have no intention to fix them.

#79603 Проблема с серверами?

Posted by Vspyshkin on 03 July 2013 - 07:34 AM

Эээ... Проблема в бетке Убрал галочку с бетки и все базы обновились без проблем.

#56090 Thanks

Posted by 0strodamus on 20 August 2012 - 02:29 AM

I just wanted to post a thank you to the entire Emsisoft crew for making Anti-Malware compatible with Malware Defender. I tried using version 5 over 2 years ago and couldn't get the two to play nice together. This weekend, I thought I would give it another go and I am excited that I have not had a single issue so far. I purchased a license last year during a special in the hope that I would someday be able to run these two excellent security products together. I am thrilled that I am now able to. You guys are killing the tests at MRG, I am impressed by the posts made here and at Wilders by Christian, Fabian, and the rest of the team, and will be sure to recommend this excellent program to all of my friends and family. I know you guys deal with a lot of headaches on a daily basis and I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work you're doing because it is appreciated.

#44353 Rootkit Trojan Can't be Automatically Removed

Posted by tckqbq on 14 February 2012 - 08:15 PM

Here are the reports.

Also, received error report that C:\$mft is corrupt

#44207 cloud av 2012

Posted by Joey on 12 February 2012 - 07:56 PM

I have the cloud 2012 virus, after a scan i found out that i have rootkits too. I have scanned with OTL but didnt get the extras.txt log.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

#3065 a-squared Anti-Malware + txt file behaviour

Posted by Lynx on 14 November 2009 - 05:10 PM

Show hidden icons revealed ThredFire
my bad, I clean forgot its existence...

Wow! :o That would be small thing to forget :rolleyes: "ThreatFire"... you mean (?)

And?... Please tell if you found the cause related to that.

====== most likely redundant info below :)
Anyway since I prepared some after reading your previous reply I will post it ... even if nothing applies it may help in other situations

I am not sure I can see how that related to A-M at the moment from the description, except you are saying that disabling the guard helps.

I am not using Vista but I hope that H_D may help to provide Properties info for the standard Notepad and you can do the same.

a side note:
that may not relate but still … If you search out there there are reports for Vista slow file opening (notepad included) but as I briefly noticed that was in time of SP1
Any reasons that you are still using SP1 but not SP2?

You didn't answer the question about the size of files you are opening and whether that matters?

Can you try to open any other file with Notepad like .log/ .ini. Will you experience the same effect?

Are you using any add-ons / typing enhancements for Notepad?

Well, again not really A-M related but there are several things that improve file opening and in Notepad in particular:

- try to uncheck Word Wrapping – that really reduces opening time, but for big files.
- In Explorer / File Options / View Tab find and uncheck "automaticaly search for network folders and printers "

Have you ever connected this PC to the LAN?

There is a weird thing: when you do the above some associations for opening files can be changed for network names “\\” in the Registry and another interesting article comes to mind (but I cannot find it right now) programs' network rules could be set that they are accessing particular IP addresses
and when PC is disconnected that is still happening until that times out. Therefore, there is a delay that could be around 30 seconds before the file opens normally.
You may check if there are network activities when you are opening files with Notepad.

Any logged events in the System/Application Event viewer at the moments when you are using Notepad?
You can clean IDS Log and check what is logged there as well at that time.

Not much help and no more ideas at this point.

My regards

#120115 MRG Effitas Q2/2014 test

Posted by Siketa on 27 October 2014 - 07:50 AM



Well done, guys!


#115910 Request for adding aditional skins to Emsisoft Anti-Malware Version 9

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 18 August 2014 - 04:05 PM

In general we won't add skinning support to EAM or any of our products anytime soon. They are just bloat. We are an AV software, not an MP3 player ;).

#111843 Bosnian (bs-ba)

Posted by Pirate on 15 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

Attached File  bs-ba.lng   3.57KB   42 downloads


Hi everyone, i translated Emsisoft Emergency Kit to Bosnian laungage, here is my translation above ^ . Hope you'll like it  :) .

#110267 Please whitelist 3DMark

Posted by Elise on 22 May 2014 - 05:49 PM

I just verified this, yes it has been whitelisted. :) Please note that it can take a few hours before this change takes effect via the anti-malware network.

#109685 Game mode in version 9..

Posted by Tempus on 13 May 2014 - 08:02 AM

Hey Emsisoft , ...today I have a suggestion and a question (ooh nooo.. :D )


  1. It's probably too late for my suggestion?, for a new feature. But maybe you / Emsisoft would consider it for future releases of version 9.x ? I work a lot with Adobe's software, ( and game a lot when I find the time), and most of the time in fullscreen mode. So therefore I would like, or wish , Emsisoft to detect when full screen mode is used, and shift automatically to Gamemode, and exit it again, when user is leaving fullscreen. Quite often, I find that I have set Emsisoft anti malware in Gamemode for days. Because there's so many interruptions in the daily workflow . So for me it would be a great help if such a feature were implemented in EAM.

  2. Will this suggestion, which is from a good constructive thread I had, be incorporated in version 9? Please see this thread.  Game mode, post 6 and 7.




#107473 False Positives

Posted by Siketa on 11 April 2014 - 12:26 PM

...and download.mobogenie.com

#106955 Proactive protection vs script(vbs+vbe)

Posted by Fabian Wosar on 07 April 2014 - 01:17 PM

In general the behavior blocker ignores most scripting hosts, as it is not possible to distinguish which actions are triggered by the script and which are triggered by the scripting host. The File Guard however does trigger when trying to execute the scripts you uploaded.