Since we just kicked off the Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0 closed beta tests we thought it would be a good time to give everyone a little sneak peek of the new version.
What is new?
- New multi-core optimized scan engine
The biggest change in Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a completely new and multi-core optimized scanning engine. As a result Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0 is on average 450% faster than Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5.1 when it comes to on-demand scans!
- Direct disk access scan mode
The new scan engine features a special direct disk access mode. Using this direct disk access mode we are able to circumvent and detect all currently active file based rootkits.
- Advanced caching mechanisms
Another feature of the new scan engine is an advanced caching mechanism. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is able to learn from the files on your system, recognizing files that are trustworthy and skipping them in future scans if they haven't changed. Due to this the performance impact of the Emsisoft Anti-Malware File Guard has been greatly reduced.
- Drastically improved boot times
Due to several optimizations we made, we were able to drastically reduce the impact Emsisoft Anti-Malware has on the boot process.
- Internal rating system to further reduce false positives on well known files
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0 uses the information it gathers from various sources including the advanced cache to recognize and prevent false positives.
- Entirely new license system
Quite a few of our customers thought the account based licensing system was a bit inconvenient. We took this criticism as motivation to switch Emsisoft Anti-Malware (and later all other Emsisoft products) over to a completely new key based licensing scheme. As a result you no longer need a special account to use Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Another feature of the new licensing scheme is a unique referral program that allows users to obtain or extend licenses by referring our products to friends and family.
- As well as dozens of other small changes ...
Everyone likes pretty pictures, right? So how about some pretty pictures with a few explanations?
Since we have the new license scheme in place we no longer require you to create an account to get the 30 day trial, so the 3 day trial mode became kind of useless. It looks a lot better with only 3 options anyways, right?
Remember the old user creation and login dialogs? They are gone and they surely won't be missed . Instead you will just see a single license key dialog, that will even be skipped if we recognize your system already based on its hardware.
Multiple licenses can be assigned to the same key. If you want to install Emsisoft Anti-Malware on a new system but don't have a free license left, you can easily reassign the license from an older system in a very convenient way. Of course this dialog will be skipped if we recognize your system already or you have free license slots left. You will be able to reassign each and every license a limited amount of times per day. So even if you switch your system more often than your underwear we won't bother you with manual resets that have to be performed by our support staff.
An option has been removed to perform certain integrity checks as soon as Emsisoft Anti-Malware is started. This feature was added at a time when Emsisoft Anti-Malware lacked protection from manipulation of it's own files. It was replaced by a much more effective protection mechanism in the meanwhile so we removed it.
Quite a few people were a bit puzzled by the occurrence of sudden GUI freezes in the past, such as the step right after update in the wizard, where we load the signature databases. We took care of them and replaced them with status indicators so the user is no longer left in the dark when something is happening that may have an impact on the responsiveness of the user interface.
This is the new license tab. Don't worry about the serial displayed here. You can simply disable the display of the serial using the Permission system integrated into Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
The new custom scan window reveals the new options to control the advanced caching and direct disk access mode. If you look closely you can see one option missing: The old "Heuristics" checkbox. We greatly reworked the heuristics in the new scan engine and brought down the false positives caused by it to effectively 0. As a result heuristics are now enabled by default.
The new direct disk access mode of the scan engine is able to see through even the most sophisticated rootkits. In this case we scanned a system infected with TDL-3 - arguably the hardest to detect file based rootkit today.
When will it be out?
We expect a release within the next few months. If you can't wait that long: We started the closed beta test today. So if you speak English, know how to use Windows, have a curious nature, like to break and get insights into things, enjoy discussing matters with like-minded people and appreciate the opportunity to talk directly to all developers and have a real impact on the product, you may want to consider joining our Tester team.
We want your feedback!
Have you started or found a thread about EAM 6.0 in a different forum? Do you like or dislike a specific planned change? Do you have questions about one of the new features of EAM 6.0? Don't keep them to yourself. Share them with us! Either by simply replying here or via mail.