Christian Mairoll

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About Christian Mairoll

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  1. As smartphones and mobile devices play an increasingly important role in our day to day lives, it’s only natural that the amount of malware targeting these systems continues to grow. To combat this threat, a number of developers have released security apps designed to prevent malware infection but the level of quality of most of them is somewhat questionable, to say the least. To address this issue, independent antivirus software testing group AV-Comparatives began testing Android security products in 2017. The results of this year’s round of testing are in, and we’re excited to report that Emsisoft Mobile Security scored top marks! Testing Methodology More than 200 security products were tested against 2,000 of the most common Android malware threats of 2017. When such recognizable malware samples are used in testing, a decent anti-malware app should feasibly be able to achieve detection rates of at least 90 percent without too much hassle. Testing took place on an automated Android testing framework on Nexus 5 devices running Android 6.0.1. This allowed testers to create realistic conditions without going through the headache of manually testing thousands of malware samples against the 200+ antivirus products. All the products and their respective malware definition libraries were fully updated prior to testing. If a product offered to activate additional security functions, these features were enabled. Each device was also allowed to connect to the Internet to access cloud services. Emsisoft Mobile Security achieves 100% detection rate We’re happy to report that Emsisoft Mobile Security successfully caught every single piece of malware that came its way, scoring a flawless detection rate of 100 percent with zero false alarms! However, not all the antivirus products fared so well. In fact, of the 200+ applications tested, only 84 were able to achieve a detection rate of 30 percent or higher! Seventy-nine of the tested security apps detected less than 30 percent of the Android malware samples or had a high false alarm rate, while a further 41 products were removed from the Play Store altogether in the two months following the testing due to being buggy, unsafe or ineffective. What do the results mean? The results are evidence that the mobile security market can be tricky to navigate. Google’s relatively relaxed screening process means it’s very easy for just about anybody to upload an app to the Play Store and market it as the next greatest security tool. The report also highlights the need to be extra wary when looking for reputable mobile products. Most of the apps tested had a review score of 4 or higher on the Play Store, despite the majority of them offering lackluster protection. We’re proud to see Emsisoft Mobile Security achieving such great results amidst a sea of decidedly dubious antivirus products. Quality protection is our number one goal, and we’ll continue to work on crafting quality products that provide you, our customers, with the high level of security you need to keep yourself safe online. About AV-Comparatives Austrian-based AV-Comparatives is an independent group devoted to testing the effectiveness of antivirus software. The organization provides high-quality, freely accessible reports that provide valuable insight into the performance of various security products on a range of operating systems. Products that score highly on AV-Comparatives tests can generally be trusted to provide a good level of protection against modern digital threats. Read the AV-Comparatives Android Test 2018 in full here, or have a look at other awards we’ve won in the past here. Have a glorious (malware-free) day! The post Emsisoft Mobile Security Scores 100% Detection Rate in Latest AV-Comparatives Test appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  2. About the installation file

    The old combined 32&64 bit installer you are referring to was using InnoSetup installer technology. Unfortunately Innosetup comes with a number of limitations and security concerns so we decided to switch to the more common MSI (Microsoft Installer) platform. MSI, however, does not support combined 32 and 64 bit installers, which is why we had to separate them. The second thing to mention is that the default download (big button) will now provide a very small web installer that determines the platform and then downloads the correct 32 or 64 bit MSI installer. You can still download the combined Innosetup version ("Combined EXE") but we can't make any guarantees on how long we will be able to provide it in the future.
  3. Emsisoft Emergency Kit is a free malware scanner that allows you to scan and clean infected machines. It’s fully portable, which means it doesn’t require installation and can be run directly from portable devices such as USB drives. It uses the same scanner technology as Emsisoft Anti-Malware, so we thought: Why not make a feature to build your own Emergency Kit on the fly directly from within the main product, using the already available components? You can find the brand new Emergency Kit Maker in the “Scan” menu in Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Emsisoft Emergency Kit Maker in Emsisoft Anti-Malware The Emsisoft Emergency Kit Maker is very simple to use: Select the target platform (x86 or x64 Windows). Specify a portable device to save the files to. Hit the “Create Emergency Kit” button. Then you can use your kit to scan and clean computers of malware infections without having to download the entire package from our website. Your newly created kit includes the latest detection updates. All 2018.3 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Emergency Kit Maker in “Scan” menu. Improved: Compatibility with Kaspersky, Avast, AVG and several other third-party antivirus applications. Improved: Detection and handling of malware. Improved: Handling of various malware-abusing command line tools performing malicious actions. Improved: Handling of Windows Store applications. Improved: Simplified program installation for .exe installer. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Note: This update requires a computer restart. Emsisoft Enterprise Console New: Option to hide the Emergency Kit maker via policies. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Emergency Kit New: Emsisoft Emergency Kit — the only fully portable dual-engine scanner available — is now available for download as a Portable Apps package. New: We’re proud to announce our partnership with PortableApps.com and integration with the PortableApps Launcher. Fixed: Occasional crash on Windows Server. How to obtain the new version As always, so long as you have auto-updates enabled in the software, you will receive the latest version automatically during your regularly scheduled updates, which are hourly by default. New users, please download the full installer from our product pages. Note to Enterprise users: If you have chosen to receive “Delayed” updates in the Update settings for your clients, they will receive the new software version no earlier than 30 days after the regular “Stable” availability. This gives you time to perform internal compatibility tests before a new version gets rolled out to your clients automatically. Have a great and well-protected day! The post New in 2018.3: Create your own Emergency Kit appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  4. A few days ago independent IT security research group Virus Bulletin released the results of its latest round of testing. We’re thrilled to announce that Emsisoft Anti-Malware was once again awarded the VB100 certification! Read on to learn more about the testing methodology and what the award means for Emsisoft. VB100 testing methodology With a history spanning more than 20 years, the VB100 test provides consumers with an easy way to tell if their prospective antivirus software is capable of handling current threats without mistakenly blocking any legitimate software along the way. To qualify for the VB100 award, an antivirus product needs to be able to do two things: Detect 100 percent of malware samples on the WildList (a massive curated list of known malware). Generate no false positives when scanning a clean set of 450,000 files that are used by popular legitimate software. For the February 2018 iteration, testing took place over three consecutive weeks. Antivirus products were installed on fresh installations of Windows 7 and Windows 10 and updated prior to testing. In the first part of the test, the products were connected to the internet, which allowed for real-time cloud lookups. During the ‘proactive’ phase of the test, the products did not have internet access in order to measure how effectively they could detect malware in a static state. Emsisoft Anti-Malware awarded the VB100 We were delighted to see that Emsisoft Anti-Malware passed the test with flying colours. Our flagship product detected 100 percent of the malware on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 without generating any false positives, which meant we qualified for VB100 certification! We’re proud to add this accolade to our growing collection of awards and will continue to work hard to provide our customers with the best antivirus software possible. About Virus Bulletin Based in the UK, Virus Bulletin has been independently testing antivirus software and releasing comparative reports for more than 20 years. The VB100 certification denotes that a security product is able to deal with the latest known threats without raising any false positives – two factors that will likely factor heavily into the equation when choosing an endpoint security solution. Antivirus software that is VB100 certified is considered capable of providing reliable malware protection. Click here to read the Virus Bulletin report in full, or click here to check out some of the other awards we’ve won in the past. Have a super (malware-free) day! The post Emsisoft Anti-Malware awarded VB100 certification… again! appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  5. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that something has changed about our blog… That’s right: everything has changed. When we started the original blog more than a decade ago, little did we know how popular it would become. From a few hundred visits per month back in 2004 to more than 100,000 now, the Emsisoft Security blog has become a major destination for people looking for straight-talking security advice from our team of malware and online security experts. Sadly, while the actual articles have progressed in leaps and bounds since the early days, the blog page itself has received little love and was starting to feel inadequate for the breadth of content we are now offering our readers. We decided to change that and embarked on the biggest redesign of our blog ever. After lots of brainstorming and gathering feedback, we are excited to show you what we’ve been working on and hope that it will make discovering, exploring and sharing our content even better. So, go ahead and check out our redesigned security blog now, or read on about the exciting changes you can look forward to. See what’s new Without further ado, below are some key highlights from the many improvements we have made to your Emsisoft Blog experience: Home page Visitors to Emsisoft’s Blog will now be greeted by a clearly structured home page, with a prominent “Featured Article” chosen by the team to highlight the latest insights into online security. The page itself is divided into clear categories with a selection of the latest articles for each, so it’s easy to browse through each section and dive into those that you find most interesting. From the latest videos, to Protection Guides and Enterprise Security, there’s something for every security-conscious reader. Category pages All posts are now grouped into clear categories and can be accessed from any part of the blog using the new category menu. Each main category page has been designed with a clear purpose and provides an intuitive way to browse the most relevant articles. While the Emsisoft News articles are organized in a timeline, the Protection Guides are grouped by topic to allow you to find the most relevant information in one place. Go ahead, have a look around! Readability First and foremost, a blog should be a pleasure to read. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, reading should be a pleasant, distraction-free experience. We have reduced the clutter around the actual article text and adjusted the layout and typeface, creating the feeling of reading a high-quality book, whether it’s on a desktop or on your mobile phone on the go. Quick Search Find any article in a matter of seconds with our new search function. With hundreds of online security articles published over the years, our completely new search functionality makes finding that one article about ‘ransomware payment methods’ a breeze. Simply click on the magnifying glass in the header to bring up the search box, start typing and results will appears instantly. Sharing Options To achieve our ultimate goal of a malware-free world, it’s critical to share our insights and security advice with as many people as possible. We’ve now made it easier than ever to share articles or even sections of articles via social media or email: simply click on your favorite social network on our new sharing menu on the left-hand side to share the whole article with your friends and colleagues, or select a particularly insightful sentence or paragraph and share it via the new context menu that appears. We want to hear from you This article only touches the surface of all the changes we’ve made for you in our new Emsisoft Security blog, and we plan to continue developing it over the coming months. As excited as we are about the improvements, ultimately we have made them for you, our readers and customers. Let us know what you think about the new design, the functionality and the reading experience. The post Welcome to the all-new Emsisoft Security Blog appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  6. The feedback from our users was loud and clear: “Please reduce the number of notification popups to make the software less noisy.” So, our team sat down to think about how we could make our notifications less intrusive while still providing our users with as much information as possible. After all, we want our users to always be in control of what’s going on in order to maximize protection. Over the past month we worked out a series of improvements, some big and some small. The most significant one is a new option in the Behavior Blocker alert settings that allows you to limit notifications to actual malware alerts only, while hiding all the online reputation checks for programs that appear suspicious to Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Additionally, we made sure that you can disable most types of notifications permanently now (such as the recommended security readings) if you don’t see value in them. This, together with some more minor user experience improvements, will hopefully reduce the noise of the software to a level that satisfies even the most extreme requirements. All 2018.2 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Behavior Blocker alert option “Auto resolve, notifications for threats only”, which replaces the previous default setting “Auto resolve, with lookup notifications”. New: Ability to permanently disable “Recommended reading” notifications. New: Shortcut button “Fix now” to resolve any non- or partially- protected product states. Several minor UI/UX improvements for a smoother workflow, i.e. reworded malware notifications. Improved compatibility with Windows Security Center. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console New: Behavior Blocker alert option “Auto resolve, notifications for threats only”. Several minor tweaks and fixes. How to obtain the new version As always, so long as you have auto-updates enabled in the software, you will receive the latest version automatically during your regularly scheduled updates, which are hourly by default. New users, please download the full installer from our product pages. Note to Enterprise users: If you have chosen to receive “Delayed” updates in the Update settings for your clients, they will receive the new software version no earlier than 30 days after the regular “Stable” availability. This gives you time to perform internal compatibility tests before a new version gets rolled out to your clients automatically. Have a great and well-protected day! View the full article
  7. After being in service for more than a decade, it’s now time for our old Emsisoft License Center to retire. Its successor carries the name MyEmsisoft and is available – who would have guessed – at https://my.emsisoft.com. New web development standards required us to re-develop the portal from scratch and will also ensure that it’s future proof for many exciting things to come. For now, the functionality of MyEmsisoft is quite manageable. After logging in with your existing Emsisoft user account credentials, you’ll see the following available panels: Overview: Lists all of your assigned active devices with Emsisoft Anti-Malware installed. New here is the ability to check the protection status of each computer. You’ll see a red warning if a device hasn’t updated in a while or when its license expired. Personal Licenses: Lists all Emsisoft Anti-Malware license keys assigned with your user account, including their start and end dates. The menu on the right provides shortcuts to renewal purchase and referral rewards program options. Clicking on the arrow at the left end of each row opens a list with all devices that are using the license key. New here is the ability to clear an assigned seat of your license key, which is handy if you want to move your license to new hardware. My Account: Click your user name at the right top of the page to view and edit your user account settings. Here, you can not only select which newsletter channels you want to subscribe to, but also change your preferred language and password. MyEmsisoft adapts dynamically to your available screen size and displays well on mobile phones, too. Check out the new MyEmsisoft! The new MyEmsisoft portal View the full article
  8. Independent antivirus software testing group AV-Comparatives recently released the results of its annual IT Security Survey and we’re delighted to see some positive trends regarding Emsisoft’s position in the North American market. The report is based on an online survey that was carried out by AV-Comparatives from 20 December 2017 to 10 January 2018. A total of 2,769 people from around the globe participated in the survey, which included a range of questions related to antivirus software and the industry in general. Emsisoft growing in North America For Emsisoft, the highlight of the report is that our market share in North America is growing. According to the survey, Emsisoft is now the eighth most commonly used antivirus product in North America – three places higher than last year. This puts Emsisoft ahead of some big industry names, including McAfee and Trend Micro, among others. The most commonly used antivirus products in North America include: Bitdefender Kaspersky Lab ESET Avast Microsoft Symantec Webroot Emsisoft MalwareBytes AVIRA McAfee Trend Micro Emsisoft also secured top ten positions in the most commonly used antivirus products in Europe, Asia and, for the first time in 3 years, also in South/Central America at #7. Other interesting facts Of those who responded to the survey… 33 percent reported that their antivirus had blocked malware within the last seven days. 30.6 percent do not use any security product to protect their mobile phones. 3.5 percent said their antivirus software had failed to protect their system within the last week. 1.7 percent do not use any security solution. 45.3 percent use Google Chrome and 30.1 percent use Mozilla Firefox A step in the right direction The IT Security Survey tends to attract fairly knowledgeable respondents (in the 2017 iteration, more than two-thirds of respondents classified themselves as ‘enthusiasts’ or ‘professionals’), so it’s fair to say the results represent some expert opinions. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but we’re also aware that the battle is far from over. Here at Emsisoft, we’ll continue to work on refining our product to provide our customers with the protection they need to keep their systems safe from the bad guys. The post Experts use Emsisoft: Now 8th most popular malware protection in North America appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  9. No Update

    We had to turn off XP updates because the latest scan engine and its signatures are no longer compatible with it. Instead of pretending that we could protect you from malware (which we effectively can't because XP is full of holes and flaws that aren't gonna be fixed at all) we would rather strongly recommend you to upgrade your computer. If that is for any reason impossible and means that you can't use our software anymore at all, we're happy to issue a refund for the remaining period.
  10. Have you heard about this ?

    The maximum of 50% discount on renewals can still be received by selecting 3 years renewal. 2 years add 5%, 3 years add 10% to the loyalty discount.
  11. Jumping into the new year, we’re proud to announce the first significant update in our monthly release cycle that carries the major version “2018”. The main goal for our development team this month was to streamline and improve the user experience of our most important defence wall against new and unknown malware threats: The Behavior Blocker. When you open the main user interface of Emsisoft Anti-Malware, you’ll notice that we have merged the panel of the Application Rules with that of the Behavior Blocker. This was a logical move as the two are closely related to the same thing: Defining which of the active programs shall be monitored, are trustworthy, or should be prevented from starting up. Instead of manually creating rules for specific program paths, you can now easily double-click one of the active processes to define a new “allow”, “monitor” (default) or “block” rule. The new application list also shows nicely which programs are excluded from monitoring as it integrates the Exclusions list too. In the same set of improvements we’re launching a new feature to create application rule templates that professional users can now define via the Emsisoft Enterprise Console. In situations where a specific program needs to be excluded from protection across the entire network, or when a specific unwanted program needs to be blocked from running globally, it’s now an easy task to implement that with templates that also support wildcards and environment variables. All 2018.1 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware Redesigned Behavior Blocker panel with application rules. New: Redesigned Behavior Blocker panel that combines application rules with active application processes. New: Simplified application rules editor that integrates with the Monitoring Exclusions list. New: Application rule templates with wildcard- and environment variables support, to be defined via Emsisoft Enterprise Console. New: Ability to connect Emsisoft Anti-Malware with Emsisoft Enterprise Console via script for automation. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console New: Application rule templates with wildcard- and environment variables support. New: Ability to connect Emsisoft Anti-Malware via script for automation. Improved: Status and error reporting for quick commands. Several minor tweaks and fixes. How to obtain the new version As always, so long as you have auto-updates enabled in the software, you will receive the latest version automatically during your regularly scheduled updates, which are hourly by default. New users, please download the full installer from our product pages. Note to Enterprise users: If you have chosen to receive “Delayed” updates in the Update settings for your clients, they will receive the new software version no earlier than 30 days after the regular “Stable” availability. This gives you time to perform internal compatibility tests before a new version gets rolled out to your clients automatically. Have a great and well-protected day! View the full article
  12. The good people over at Virus Bulletin, an information security portal and antivirus testing group, recently announced the results of their latest VB100 Comparative Review. We’re happy to report that Emsisoft Anti-Malware was awarded the VB100 certification! Qualifying for VB100 certification Unlike other antivirus tests that have tiered awards depending on a product’s performance, there are no silver or bronze medals when it comes to the VB100 – you either get the certification or you don’t. To qualify for VB100 certification, an antivirus product has to be able to: Block ALL files on the WildList. The WildList is Virus Bulletin’s regularly updated and carefully curated list of known malicious software that has been seen in the wild. Generate zero false positives. The Virus Bulletin team put together a set of 450,000 benign files taken from widely used programs. If an antivirus product incorrectly detects any of the files as malicious, it is ineligible for VB100 certification. The latest round of testing took place on systems running clean, fully updated installations of both Windows 7 and Windows 10. Throughout the testing, all products had internet access to allow for cloud-based scanning, apart from during the ‘reactive and proactive’ component of the test, which measures how effectively a product can proactively detect malware when disconnected from the internet. Emsisoft Anti-Malware awarded VB100 certification Emsisoft Anti-Malware was more than up to the challenge and kept the test environment spotlessly clean of all digital threats. On both Windows 7 and Windows 10, our flagship product detected every piece of malware on the WildList while generating no false positives, thereby qualifying Emsisoft Anti-Malware for VB100 certification! We’re proud of this achievement and happy to see further proof that Emsisoft Anti-Malware is capable of delivering high-level protection in the real world as well as in stringent testing environments such as the one created here by Virus Bulletin. Our goal will always be to provide an efficient product that makes no compromises when it comes to protecting our customers’ PCs. About Virus Bulletin Virus Bulletin is a UK-based organization that specializes in independent antivirus product software testing while also providing a hub for all things information security. The VB100 certification initiative has been running for 20 years and provides detailed information to help buyers make a more informed decision when it comes to selecting an endpoint security solution. The VB100 certification has come to be seen as a mark of quality; a product that is VB100 certified can be considered trustworthy and capable of providing reliable malware protection. Click here to check out the full Virus Bulletin report or click here to have a browse through our digital trophy cabinet of awards we’ve won in the past. Have a magnificent (malware-free) day! View the full article
  13. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018 Fragen

    Weil wir derzeit kein Mega-Unternehmen sein wollen, was wir aber sein müssten, um unser Produktportfolio in alle Richtungen ausstrecken zu können. Wir haben in den letzten Jahren sogar bewusst die Produktpalette reduziert, damit wir uns besser auf unser Kerngeschäft konzentrieren können. Lieber kleiner und dafür schneller, mit Fokus auf ein einziges Gebiet, als auf allen Hochzeiten gleichzeitig tanzen und dabei unweigerlich nichts richtig gut machen (können). Im Gegensatz zu den Großen in der Branche sind wir dafür bisher immer noch ohne Investoren und Kredite ausgekommen und konnten uns dadurch vor Fremdeinflüssen weitgehend schützen. Die Android Version ist übrigens ein Rebranding von Bitdefender Mobile Security. Daran haben wir nicht viel selbst entwickelt.
  14. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018 Fragen

    Wir hatten dazu vor einiger Zeit mal ein Blog Posting: https://blog.emsisoft.com/de/2016/07/18/computerschutzsoftware-made-in-weltweit/
  15. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018 Fragen

    Linux ist derzeit nicht auf unserer Roadmap. Ich würde niemandem empfehlen, alte a2/Anti-Trojan Versionen zu verwenden. Das wäre viel zu riskant, da es inzwischen viele Entwicklungen an der Malware-Front gegeben hat.