Christian Mairoll

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  1. Back in 2003 when I founded the business, I was researching for weeks for a nice company name. My main objective was that it should be easy to pronounce in most languages around the world. Any special characters such as the German umlauts (ä, ö, ü) were a no-go, as were accents and two-vowel combinations that are pronounced differently in other languages, like “eu”, “ae”, “ei” and so on. Then I thought, okay, let’s give it some really cool, security-related name. But the truth is, I simply couldn’t identify with any combinations of virus/spyware/adware/malware/threat/pest/hacker-stopper/blocker/defender/destroyer/sweeper/buster/doctor/protection. I was actually looking for something that stands for a solid and honest business and not just start another short-lived buzzword brand name. What led me to choosing the rather neutral “Emsi” As a person who likes efficiency, my self-chosen nickname on ICQ in the early Internet days (pre 2000) was simply “mc”. Two letters – my initials. I spent quite some time on the newly established online chats, where I met lots of interesting people, some of whom are still my friends or business partners today. One of them thought it would be a funny idea to call me “Emsi”, which is the German notation of the English pronunciation of the letters “M” and “C”. Emsi sounded more like an actual name, rather than initials, so I kept using it as my online nickname. Since my search for a fancy techy name didn’t lead anywhere (congratulations to the guys at Malwarebytes in that regard!), I chose “Emsisoft” as the new company name. A quick trademark search revealed that it wasn’t taken by anyone else yet, so I applied for the trademarks in various countries. What’s the thing with “Emisoft”? Honestly, I don’t know why, but at least one in ten people miss the “s” in “Emsisoft”. A quite high percentage of our website visitors google “Emisoft”, but Google shows results for the correctly spelled name “Emsisoft” anyway (thanks, Google!). And that’s not the only search typo. Our website analytics show there are people coming to us through various search phrases like “emisisoft”, “mc soft”, “emissoft”, “emsisift” “emmisoft”, “emsisof”, “emsissoft”, “esmisoft”, “emsysoft” and “emsisfot” (okay, the last one is probably just a common typo). But after running the business for more than 14 years, I still feel sorry for the unintended harm we do to the folks at “Emisoft“. Yes, it really exists! The Norwegian company specializes in environmental management systems and is not related to Emsisoft in any way. This is a prime example of how one letter can have a major impact on perception and confusion. If I knew that the first “s” in “Emsisoft” would be invisible (for some reason) to so many people, I probably would have chosen a different name. A funny anecdote Founding a company in Austria was always a bureaucratic nightmare. I initially applied for the business name “Emsisoft” but it was rejected by the authorities. The law back then required the name to be descriptive of the nature of the business, and they argued that “soft” could stand as well for a toilet paper manufacturer. Not joking! So, I initially had to go for “Emsi Software”, which our early customers may still remember. Luckily, that funny law was made obsolete a couple of years later so I was able to officially rename the business to “Emsisoft”. During our move to New Zealand, the name was kept, of course. So much about big naming decisions. Have a great malware-protected day with “Emsisoft”! Christian Mairoll Founder & Managing Director View the full article
  2. How do I find the version number?

    Haha, yes I can relate to that feeling with Facebook. I'm thankful for your commitment. Actually, when you submit an email via the Support tile in Emsisoft Anti-Malware, the version number always gets posted in the footer too.
  3. How do I find the version number?

    How often have you checked the version number of Facebook, Twitter or any other software that is offered as a service? I believe that the only relevant situation when you need to check the version is when you're suspecting that the software isn't updated properly. But then, our software would change to orange mode within a day if updates were skipped. So, if everything is green, you can always be sure you have the latest available version, whatever number that may come with. We currently have the version number placed in several places: - About box (click the Emsisoft logo on left top). - License tile on overview screen (but here it's overwritten with more important information during trial period and near the license end). - File properties of a2start.exe, a2guard.exe and a couple more.
  4. Resellers rejoice: your life just got a little bit easier. In the past, the only way our partners could renew Emsisoft Anti-Malware licenses was to select them in our Reseller Portal and go through the checkout process for each license individually. While this was perfect for smaller orders, it was a bit tedious for partners who needed to renew several licenses every single day. As our reseller base expands and demand for Emsisoft licenses continues to grow, we want to ensure our reseller platform meets the evolving needs of our customers. Today we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new and improved Reseller Portal, which is designed to make life easier for our resellers by streamlining the license renewal process. Introducing bulk renewal coupons An important part of the Reseller Portal upgrade is the introduction of stock renewal coupons, which can be applied to existing active licenses, allowing you to renew them at any later time. You can buy stock renewal coupons either via the reseller panel’s order page (minimum 10 units) or via our international distributors. Note that if you choose to purchase through a distributor, you’ll need to assign the coupons with your reseller account if your distributor hasn’t already done so. This can be done with a simple copy/paste at the bottom of the “Manage Licenses” page. After assigning the coupons with your account, they will become visible as “Renewal” in the “Inactive Licenses” list. How to use renewal coupons Extending an active license is now faster and easier than ever before. To do so, simply: Select an active license. Click the hamburger (stacked lines) menu located on the right side. Select a “Renew with stock license” option, which will be visible if you have any unused renewal coupons that match the selected key in the “Product” column and the number of seats available. Done! Automation via API The second way to extend a license with a renewal coupon is by using our public REST API, which can be easily integrated into your own CRM and billing systems. API access is available on request. Your Emsisoft partner manager will be able to provide API-Key and developer instructions. View the full article
  5. The highlight of this month’s update is the arrival of MSI setup files for Emsisoft Anti-Malware, which will undoubtedly come in handy for advanced users and network administrators alike. Together with Emsisoft Enterprise Console, they can be used for time-efficient group policy deployment in larger Windows networks. A new, smaller web installer is now also available for download. It reduces the required download traffic to a minimum, transferring only data that is required for your operating system edition. All 2017.10 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Small web installer and MSI setups for x86 and x64 Windows editions. View downloads. New: Option to enable/disable integration in Windows Security Center. Available at Settings -> General. New: Simplified scanner performance settings. Available at Scan -> Scanner Settings, Scheduled Scans and Custom Scans. Improved: Update process performance. Improved: Support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Improved: Forensic logging related to connection with Emsisoft Enterprise Console. Changed: The software now uses encrypted SSL connections for all server communication. Fixed: Occasional incompatibilities with MS Office products. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console New: Deployment via MSI setups for x86 and x64 Windows editions. New: Option to enable/disable Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s integration in Windows Security Center. New: Ability to change scanner defaults globally. New: Simplified scanner performance settings. Several user interface improvements. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Emergency Kit New: Simplified scanner performance settings. Improved: Update process performance. Improved: Support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. 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, well-protected day! View the full article
  6. Independent antivirus software testers AV-Comparatives recently released the results of their September Malware Protection Test. Guess who walked away with the highest accolade possible? Emsisoft scores highly on protection rates AV-Comparatives’ Malware Protection Test is a rigorous assessment that pits security software products against more than 20,000 recent and prevalent malware samples. Using strict testing methodologies, AV-Comparatives is able to see how well a security program can protect a system before, during and after a malicious file is executed. We’re proud to announce that, even in the face of such stringent testing, Emsisoft Anti-Malware emerged with flying colors and was granted the Advanced+ Award. To be considered for this top award, products had to score highly in two key categories: Protection rate In years gone by, AV-Comparatives relied on detection-only tests to judge a product’s effectiveness. While detection is still an important part of the testing process, this year the organization also introduced a protection element, which evaluates how well a product can prevent a malicious program from making changes to the target system. Emsisoft excelled in this department, scoring a fantastic protection rate of 99.99 percent. False positives To assess file detection capabilities, AV-Comparatives also subjected the products to a false alarm test to evaluate how effectively they could distinguish good files from malicious ones. Emsisoft produced just six false alarms, while others flunked out completely with as many as 274 false alarms! We’re not in it for the glory, but we’re very happy to be recognized by AV-Comparatives for our efforts in combating malware. We’ll continue to strive to provide you with the best lightweight malware protection on the planet. AV-Comparatives AV-Comparatives is an independent, Austrian-based organization dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of security products. Drawing from an enormous database of malware samples, AV-Comparatives is able to create a structured testing environment that reveals how well antivirus software really performs. The organization is one of the most widely recognized and reputable security software testing groups in the industry. You can see the full results of the Malware Protection Test September 2017 here or check out our trophy cabinet of awards we’ve received in the past here. Have a glorious (malware-free) day! View the full article
  7. Emsisoft launches new Reseller Portal

    Our international reseller network has witnessed phenomenal growth over the last few years. Today, Emsisoft works hand in hand with thousands of partners in 119 countries around the globe to provide customers with the malware protection they need to keep their data safe. And today, selling Emsisoft solutions got even easier. Based on the invaluable feedback from our existing reseller, we’ve completely redesigned our reseller portal for improved workflow and greater efficiency, equipping our partners with the very best tools for selling Emsisoft products. New location With the brand-new Reseller Portal comes a fresh new location. You can now find everything you need at: https://reseller.emsisoft.com (make sure to update your bookmarks!) New license renewal reminders You can now choose whether you wish to receive license renewal reminders 45 days prior to the license’s end. Reminder emails are bundled for all licenses that are about to expire within the same day. Emsisoft Reseller Portal: License Renewal Reminder Improved checkout Great news: we streamlined our checkout so double logins are no longer required to buy a product. You can now also bundle multiple Emsisoft products in the same checkout process. Stock licensing options to buy 10+ licenses of a product in advance offer great discounts and streamline your internal workflow. New license management The redesigned license management panel combines active and not-yet-activated license keys and allows you to add custom notes to keys for your internal reference. The panel also: Allows you see which seats are being actively used. Alerts you to licenses that are about to expire soon. Suggests you investigate if a customer’s malware protection has not been updated for a longer period of time. These features help you stay up to date about events that potentially threaten your customers’ security. New search and view filters allow you to locate keys that are most relevant for your sales activities, while flexible sorting functionality among all data tables helps you to quickly navigate through your keys. The new “unassign” feature can be used to remove licenses from your reseller account if you or your customers wish to do so. Emsisoft Reseller Portal: New License Management panel New order history The redesigned order history panel shows all your past orders of new and renewed licenses and comes handy for monthly reports. Marketing resources Check out our extensive marketing resources that assist you to set Emsisoft products apart from competitor offerings. Product brochures, data sheets and Emsisoft’s brand assets are at your disposal from within the portal. Outlook For the upcoming months we have planned to introduce even more new features to help our partners sell Emsisoft products in their local markets. New functionality will be continuously added, so stay tuned! If you’re a computer software reseller and not yet a member of the Emsisoft reseller network, please sign up today! There is no minimum sales requirement to get started. View the full article
  8. AV-Comparatives, an independent and well respected organization that specializes in testing security products, has published its Business Security Report 2017. The report features a thorough analysis of a number of managed security products that are suitable for companies using a Microsoft Windows network, and we’re ecstatic to announce that Emsisoft Enterprise Console received the Approved Business Product Award for the second year running! “Flawless” protection As part of the vetting process, AV-Comparatives used its Real-World Protection Test, a comprehensive evaluation that involves running security software on its default settings and seeing how well it performs when subjected to various internet threats. The Approved Business Product Award was given to products that managed to achieve at least a 90 percent protection rate with no false positives on business-related software. Emsisoft Enterprise Console paired with our endpoint protection software hit it out of the park, with AV-Comparatives noting: “In our test, Emsisoft Anti-Malware endpoint protection software worked flawlessly on Windows Server 2016.” Looking beyond protection “The console has a very clean modern design, and the sensibly organized tabs along the top of the window make navigation very straightforward.” It wasn’t just our protection performance that had the judges excited.Emsisoft Enterprise Console was also commended for its modern design, easy navigation and simplicity of use – three defining traits that we strive to uphold across all our products. “Commands are relayed from the console to the clients in a matter of seconds.” Analysts also highlighted the fact that Emsisoft Enterprise Console was a breeze to deploy and manage, which will undoubtedly come as good news for IT professionals who often have to spend hours getting security software to play nicely with the company network. “The endpoint protection software is quick and easy to deploy, and provides a familiar GUI that lets users carry out everyday tasks.” We’re proud to receive this award and honored to play a small role in the continued success of businesses of all sizes around the world. No-fuss protection for business If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to protect your business network, then head over to our Emsisoft Enterprise Console product page or get in touch with our helpful team. If you want to check out the other awards we’ve won in the past, click here. Have a fantastic (malware-free) day! About AV-Comparatives AV-Comparatives is an Austria-based organization that employs systematic testing to check whether IT security products perform as described. Using a unique Real-World Protection Test, AV-Comparatives is able to simulate everyday scenarios that the typical user might find themselves in and use this environment to gauge a product’s protection ability. As one of the most reputable and comprehensive independent analysts in the industry, it’s fair to say that AV-Comparatives’ opinions can be trusted by consumers and businesses alike. To find out more, click here to download the full AV-Comparatives Business Security Report 2017 (PDF). View the full article
  9. Over the past month, our development team have spent most of their time fine-tuning our products and simplifying several structures in preparation for exciting new things that are on the horizon. Our biggest change with this release is the merging of Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware, as we announced earlier. The transition is expected to go smoothly, just like every other monthly software update. If you’d like to learn more about the reasons behind the merger and how it might affect you, please check out our article featuring the most frequently questions and answers on the Windows Firewall. All 2017.9 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Feature to connect with Emsisoft Enterprise Console from client side. Available at Settings -> License. Improved: Communication protocol with Emsisoft servers to speed up updates and Anti-Malware Network lookups. Improved: Management interfaces for technology partners. Improved: Support for various languages. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console New: Feature to connect with Emsisoft Enterprise Console from client side. Available at Settings -> License. Several user interface improvements. 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, well-protected day! View the full article
  10. Why has my EIS changed to EAM?

    It's because you have beta update feed enabled. Which means you receive the new binaries a week before the stable release. After all, we need to beta test all functionality before it gets released, that includes the migration code from EIS to EAM. Your license time will be extended on Oct 2nd as planned. Windows firewall should have turned on though, but it's possible that you interrupted the process by switching to stable again. It requires two updates to fully change to EAM. It's certainly one thing we need to investigate in before releasing the update next week. Your feedback is very helpful and the very reason why we need earlier beta updates.
  11. From (very) humble beginnings in a Windows XP Service Pack update, the Windows Firewall has evolved into a capable security tool. Today, its performance is on par with – if not better than – any modern third-party desktop firewall on the market. In light of this, and after a lot of careful consideration, the Emsisoft team made a very conscious decision to rely on the Windows Firewall moving forward, which ultimately led to us merging Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware. This will allow us to concentrate our efforts on building a bulletproof product while using our Behavior Blocker technology to further strengthen the already rock-solid Windows Firewall. To put it simply, using Windows Firewall in conjunction with Emsisoft Anti-Malware will provide better protection for our users, and that is our number one objective above all else. Since our announcement of the Emsisoft Internet Security and Emsisoft Anti-Malware merger, we have received a lot of positive feedback. However, we also got a lot of questions. We want to take the time to answer the most frequently asked questions in a bit more detail: So are you going to remove the firewall completely? The answer to that question is not as simple as it may seem at first. Firewalls are usually divided into two parts: A so-called packet filter, which usually deals with incoming packets and is therefore often called an inbound firewall; and an application filter that deals with applications wanting to access the network or internet, which is why it is often also referred to as an outbound firewall. Emsisoft Anti-Malware has always had an application filter as part of its Behavior Blocker and that will continue to be true. The difference between the outbound firewall in Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security is that the former makes decisions autonomously, while the later, at least in theory, allowed you to also use your manual rules. In practice, the default for Emsisoft Internet Security was to automatically allow all outbound connections and the majority of all our users never changed it. Why did you make the change? Was Emsisoft Internet Security less secure than the Windows Firewall? No. All firewalls on modern versions of Windows are based on the same technologies provided by Microsoft. In addition, inbound firewalls in particular are incredibly straightforward to implement, as they only block or allow access based on simple rules. That is why there is absolutely no difference in protection provided between any of the inbound firewalls on the market, including the Windows Firewall. However, the Windows Firewall does have some benefits: Support for Windows Networking like Home Groups is a lot better in the Windows Firewall out of the box. There is no need to tweak any rules manually as was often the case for Emsisoft Internet Security. It is easier to use. This is mostly because third-party applications will take care of creating all necessary firewall rules for you. That is not an option that Emsisoft Internet Security could provide, as most software vendors don’t care about third-party firewalls. The Windows Firewall also provides much better compatibility. Third-party software vendors usually test their products with the Windows Firewall as it is part of Windows, but almost never test their product’s compatibility with aftermarket firewall products. Last but not least, the Windows Firewall also provides a lot more configuration possibilities to expert users and allows for much more complex rulesets than the inbound firewall offered as part of Emsisoft Internet Security. But there are also a couple of disadvantages, which is where Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2017.8 comes in: Intelligent outbound firewall: The outbound firewall part of the Windows Firewall will by default allow every application to connect. This behaviour is actually identical with Emsisoft Internet Security, which also allowed any application to connect to the network or the internet unhindered by default. While both products can be manually configured to block programs from accessing the internet, most users don’t want to deal with this responsibility. This is where the intelligent outbound firewall that is part of our Behavior Blocker comes in, which will prevent malicious applications from communicating with the internet automatically while not getting in the way of benign applications. Enhanced malware protection: The Windows Firewall on its own does not provide any protection against more sophisticated attempts to bypass its outbound firewall through advanced techniques like code injection. Code injection essentially allows malware to take over a trusted program in order for its internet communication to pass through the firewall unhindered. Again, the Behavior Blocker in Emsisoft Anti-Malware is incredibly good at detecting and preventing these kinds of attacks. Windows Firewall Fortification: The functions Windows Firewall provides to software vendors to automatically create rules for their applications in the Windows Firewall for ease of use are also pretty much unprotected. That means that malware can and does create rules for itself automatically. In version 2017.8, we extended our Behavior Blocker technology to protect the exposed Windows Firewall functions from malicious usage. This gives you control over which of your applications are allowed to create Windows Firewall rules for you and which aren’t. This is what we refer to as “Windows Firewall Fortification”. To sum things up, for inbound filtering, the Windows Firewall is just as solid a choice as any other firewall product on the market, including Emsisoft Internet Security. It provides better compatibility and is easier to use for the majority of users. Its drawbacks mostly revolve around its outbound filtering capabilities, which are perfectly complemented by the enhanced Behavior Blocker that is part of Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2017.8 and later. Where can I find the new Windows Firewall Fortification options? The new options are part of the Emsisoft Anti-Malware Behavior Blocker. As such, you can find them under Protection/Application Rules: In addition, whenever the Behavior Blocker sees any application it doesn’t know to be trustworthy attempting to create new firewall rules or change the firewall status, it will attempt to auto-resolve the situation by blocking the attempt: If you have auto-resolve disabled, it will simply ask. Where can I find the “advanced configuration possibilities” you talk about? My Windows Firewall only has a couple of options! The default dialog to configure the Windows Firewall can be incredibly deceptive at first. The advanced configuration dialog is stashed away behind an innocuous looking link in the normal Windows Firewall configuration dialog: Windows Firewall dialog with link to Advanced settings Clicking that link will expose the real configuration of the Windows Firewall where you have full access to all the rules it adheres by. That looks awfully complicated. Are there easier methods? There exist a slew of additional applications that sit on top of the Windows Firewall and attempt to enhance it by making rule creation and management easier. Some of the most popular are: TinyWall (Free) – http://tinywall.pados.hu/ Windows Firewall Control (Freemium) – https://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php Glasswire (Paid) – https://www.glasswire.com/ That being said, we think that the majority of users probably won’t find these tools to be necessary. That is also why we decided against creating our own Windows Firewall front-end and focus our development efforts on improving the complementary and enhanced technology in our Behavior Blocker instead. So what do you recommend I should do? We strongly believe that the combination of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and the Windows Firewall is the best option for almost every user. For the past 12 years while developing our product, we used this exact combination in all of our internal performance evaluations of our technology. Our malware research team works hard to make sure that even the most advanced threats are blocked immediately across all our products. So yes, Emsisoft Anti-Malware blocks the same malware that Emsisoft Internet Security blocks out of the box – no configuration, paying extra or jumping through hoops needed. If you do feel the need to make sure that certain legitimate applications can’t access the internet, the Windows Firewall does offer the ability to do so via its Advanced Settings. If you find that method to be too inconvenient, going with one of the many front-ends may be an option for you. We do know that a small minority of Emsisoft Internet Security users believe that the Windows Firewall must have backdoors implemented by Microsoft to allow them to spy on their users. In all our research, we haven’t found one and neither have hundreds of other security professionals that constantly review Windows for possible backdoors and vulnerabilities. We also think it is important to keep in mind that every single firewall product for Windows Vista and later uses the very same frameworks to implement packet and application filtering. There is no difference between the Windows Firewall, Emsisoft Internet Security and any other third party firewall from a technical point of view. If Microsoft were to backdoor their products to allow unhindered communication, this backdoor would probably be part of the Windows Filter Platform or the NDIS Lightweight Filter Framework, which are the underlying technologies all firewall products are built upon, and affect every firewall product equally. If you still prefer to use a firewall product other than the Windows Firewall, we recommend you contact the software company creating your new firewall product of choice beforehand to ask them whether they implement their own firewall or rely on the Windows Firewall as well. Most firewalls and internet security suites dropped their own implementation in favour of the Windows Firewall many years ago. So we suggest you ask them first to make sure you don’t end up with a Windows Firewall front-end instead. Do you have more questions? Post them in the comments and we’ll answer them. Have an excellent (malware-free) day! View the full article
  12. From (very) humble beginnings in a Windows XP Service Pack update, the Windows Firewall has evolved into a capable security tool. Today, its performance is on par with – if not better than – any modern third-party desktop firewall on the market. In light of this, and after a lot of careful consideration, the Emsisoft team made a very conscious decision to rely on the Windows Firewall moving forward, which ultimately led to us merging Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware. This will allow us to concentrate our efforts on building a bulletproof product while using our Behavior Blocker technology to further strengthen the already rock-solid Windows Firewall. To put it simply, using Windows Firewall in conjunction with Emsisoft Anti-Malware will provide better protection for our users, and that is our number one objective above all else. Since our announcement of the Emsisoft Internet Security and Emsisoft Anti-Malware merger, we have received a lot of positive feedback. However, we also got a lot of questions. We want to take the time to answer the most frequently asked questions in a bit more detail: So are you going to remove the firewall completely? The answer to that question is not as simple as it may seem at first. Firewalls are usually divided into two parts: A so-called packet filter, which usually deals with incoming packets and is therefore often called an inbound firewall; and an application filter that deals with applications wanting to access the network or internet, which is why it is often also referred to as an outbound firewall. Emsisoft Anti-Malware has always had an application filter as part of its Behavior Blocker and that will continue to be true. The difference between the outbound firewall in Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security is that the former makes decisions autonomously, while the later, at least in theory, allowed you to also use your manual rules. In practice, the default for Emsisoft Internet Security was to automatically allow all outbound connections and the majority of all our users never changed it. Why did you make the change? Was Emsisoft Internet Security less secure than the Windows Firewall? No. All firewalls on modern versions of Windows are based on the same technologies provided by Microsoft. In addition, inbound firewalls in particular are incredibly straightforward to implement, as they only block or allow access based on simple rules. That is why there is absolutely no difference in protection provided between any of the inbound firewalls on the market, including the Windows Firewall. However, the Windows Firewall does have some benefits: Support for Windows Networking like Home Groups is a lot better in the Windows Firewall out of the box. There is no need to tweak any rules manually as was often the case for Emsisoft Internet Security. It is easier to use. This is mostly because third-party applications will take care of creating all necessary firewall rules for you. That is not an option that Emsisoft Internet Security could provide, as most software vendors don’t care about third-party firewalls. The Windows Firewall also provides much better compatibility. Third-party software vendors usually test their products with the Windows Firewall as it is part of Windows, but almost never test their product’s compatibility with aftermarket firewall products. Last but not least, the Windows Firewall also provides a lot more configuration possibilities to expert users and allows for much more complex rulesets than the inbound firewall offered as part of Emsisoft Internet Security. But there are also a couple of disadvantages, which is where Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2017.8 comes in: Intelligent outbound firewall: The outbound firewall part of the Windows Firewall will by default allow every application to connect. This behaviour is actually identical with Emsisoft Internet Security, which also allowed any application to connect to the network or the internet unhindered by default. While both products can be manually configured to block programs from accessing the internet, most users don’t want to deal with this responsibility. This is where the intelligent outbound firewall that is part of our Behavior Blocker comes in, which will prevent malicious applications from communicating with the internet automatically while not getting in the way of benign applications. Enhanced malware protection: The Windows Firewall on its own does not provide any protection against more sophisticated attempts to bypass its outbound firewall through advanced techniques like code injection. Code injection essentially allows malware to take over a trusted program in order for its internet communication to pass through the firewall unhindered. Again, the Behavior Blocker in Emsisoft Anti-Malware is incredibly good at detecting and preventing these kinds of attacks. Windows Firewall Fortification: The functions Windows Firewall provides to software vendors to automatically create rules for their applications in the Windows Firewall for ease of use are also pretty much unprotected. That means that malware can and does create rules for itself automatically. In version 2017.8, we extended our Behavior Blocker technology to protect the exposed Windows Firewall functions from malicious usage. This gives you control over which of your applications are allowed to create Windows Firewall rules for you and which aren’t. This is what we refer to as “Windows Firewall Fortification”. To sum things up, for inbound filtering, the Windows Firewall is just as solid a choice as any other firewall product on the market, including Emsisoft Internet Security. It provides better compatibility and is easier to use for the majority of users. Its drawbacks mostly revolve around its outbound filtering capabilities, which are perfectly complemented by the enhanced Behavior Blocker that is part of Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2017.8 and later. Where can I find the new Windows Firewall Fortification options? The new options are part of the Emsisoft Anti-Malware Behavior Blocker. As such, you can find them under Protection/Application Rules: In addition, whenever the Behavior Blocker sees any application it doesn’t know to be trustworthy attempting to create new firewall rules or change the firewall status, it will attempt to auto-resolve the situation by blocking the attempt: If you have auto-resolve disabled, it will simply ask. Where can I find the “advanced configuration possibilities” you talk about? My Windows Firewall only has a couple of options! The default dialog to configure the Windows Firewall can be incredibly deceptive at first. The advanced configuration dialog is stashed away behind an innocuous looking link in the normal Windows Firewall configuration dialog: Windows Firewall dialog with link to Advanced settings Clicking that link will expose the real configuration of the Windows Firewall where you have full access to all the rules it adheres by. That looks awfully complicated. Are there easier methods? There exist a slew of additional applications that sit on top of the Windows Firewall and attempt to enhance it by making rule creation and management easier. Some of the most popular are: TinyWall (Free) – http://tinywall.pados.hu/ Windows Firewall Control (Freemium) – https://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php Glasswire (Paid) – https://www.glasswire.com/ That being said, we think that the majority of users probably won’t find these tools to be necessary. That is also why we decided against creating our own Windows Firewall front-end and focus our development efforts on improving the complementary and enhanced technology in our Behavior Blocker instead. So what do you recommend I should do? We strongly believe that the combination of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and the Windows Firewall is the best option for almost every user. For the past 12 years while developing our product, we used this exact combination in all of our internal performance evaluations of our technology. Our malware research team works hard to make sure that even the most advanced threats are blocked immediately across all our products. So yes, Emsisoft Anti-Malware blocks the same malware that Emsisoft Internet Security blocks out of the box – no configuration, paying extra or jumping through hoops needed. If you do feel the need to make sure that certain legitimate applications can’t access the internet, the Windows Firewall does offer the ability to do so via its Advanced Settings. If you find that method to be too inconvenient, going with one of the many front-ends may be an option for you. We do know that a small minority of Emsisoft Internet Security users believe that the Windows Firewall must have backdoors implemented by Microsoft to allow them to spy on their users. In all our research, we haven’t found one and neither have hundreds of other security professionals that constantly review Windows for possible backdoors and vulnerabilities. We also think it is important to keep in mind that every single firewall product for Windows Vista and later uses the very same frameworks to implement packet and application filtering. There is no difference between the Windows Firewall, Emsisoft Internet Security and any other third party firewall from a technical point of view. If Microsoft were to backdoor their products to allow unhindered communication, this backdoor would probably be part of the Windows Filter Platform or the NDIS Lightweight Filter Framework, which are the underlying technologies all firewall products are built upon, and affect every firewall product equally. If you still prefer to use a firewall product other than the Windows Firewall, we recommend you contact the software company creating your new firewall product of choice beforehand to ask them whether they implement their own firewall or rely on the Windows Firewall as well. Most firewalls and internet security suites dropped their own implementation in favour of the Windows Firewall many years ago. So we suggest you ask them first to make sure you don’t end up with a Windows Firewall front-end instead. Do you have more questions? Post them in the comments and we’ll answer them. Have an excellent (malware-free) day! View the full article
  13. As announced earlier, we are changing our firewall strategy and will soon merge Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware, effective as of our next release in October. Instead of developing our own firewall module, we’re going to rely on the built-in Windows Firewall core that has proven to be powerful and reliable. Its only weak point is the fact that anyone can freely change the firewall configuration. In other words, if malware manages to run on the PC with sufficient administrator permissions, it’s able to allow itself to get through the firewall. To resolve this vulnerability, we’ve developed a new Firewall Fortification feature for Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s Behavior Blocker as part of our 2017.8 release. Firewall Fortification detects and intercepts malicious actions from non-trustworthy programs in real time before they can cause any damage. Behavior Blocker alert: Firewall manipulation All 2017.8 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Firewall Fortification feature that blocks illegitimate manipulations of Windows Firewall rules. Improved: Forensics logging. Fixed: Rare program freezes on opening the forensics log, confirming of surf protection notifications and during malware detection. Fixed: Computer restart instead of computer shutdown executed, when set for a silent scan. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console Improved certificate handling to avoid connectivity issues. Several minor user interface improvements. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Emergency Kit New: Forensic Log: A condensed timeline that shows all events and user actions in an easy to read form. 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, well-protected day! View the full article
  14. As announced earlier, we are changing our firewall strategy and will soon merge Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware, effective as of our next release in October. Instead of developing our own firewall module, we’re going to rely on the built-in Windows Firewall core that has proven to be powerful and reliable. Its only weak point is the fact that anyone can freely change the firewall configuration. In other words, if malware manages to run on the PC with sufficient administrator permissions, it’s able to allow itself to get through the firewall. To resolve this vulnerability, we’ve developed a new Firewall Fortification feature for Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s Behavior Blocker as part of our 2017.8 release. Firewall Fortification detects and intercepts malicious actions from non-trustworthy programs in real time before they can cause any damage. Behavior Blocker alert: Firewall manipulation All 2017.8 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware New: Firewall Fortification feature that blocks illegitimate manipulations of Windows Firewall rules. Improved: Forensics logging. Fixed: Rare program freezes on opening the forensics log, confirming of surf protection notifications and during malware detection. Fixed: Computer restart instead of computer shutdown executed, when set for a silent scan. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console Improved certificate handling to avoid connectivity issues. Several minor user interface improvements. 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, well-protected day! View the full article
  15. EAM oder EIS - was ist sinnvoller für mich?

    Das gleiche wie in den letzten 14 Jahren: Effektiver Schutz vor jeglicher Malware. Man könnte genausogut fragen: "Macht es überhaupt noch Sinn sich für Ferrari zu entscheiden?". Deren Autos fahren ja nur und es fehlen immer mehr Funktionen, die jeder billige Family-Van drin hat. Nicht mal einen dritten Sitz hat das Ding... Spaß bei Seite. Wer lieber eine Lösung mit hunderten Funktionen haben will, wird bei Kaspersky und Co sehr gut bedient. Aber bitte dann nicht beschweren, dass der PC so langsam läuft, weil 350 Dinge geladen werden, die man ohnehin nie verwendet. Für jene, die vor allem besten Schutz ohne viel Schnickschnack benötigen, sind wir da.