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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Wir hatten dazu vor einiger Zeit mal ein Blog Posting: https://blog.emsisoft.com/de/2016/07/18/computerschutzsoftware-made-in-weltweit/
  13. 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.
  14. Ich vermute mal, das Munkeln beschränkt sich auf diesen Thread hier. Aber um hier gleich mal Klarheit zu schaffen: Avast ist definitiv derzeit keine Option für uns. Bitdefender zeigt seit geraumer Zeit eine solide Leistung, warum sollte man das wechseln wollen? Neuerungen werden sobald verfügbar in den Beta Foren bekanntgegeben. Konkrete Versprechungen für geplante Funktionen machen wir bei Emsisoft prinzipiell nicht, da sich Pläne erfahrungsgemäß während der Entwicklung ändern können und wir keine falschen Erwartungen hervorrufen wollen. Auf weiteres, frei erfundenes Munkeln wird es von mir keine Antwort mehr geben, sorry.
  15. On January 2nd, a major security vulnerability affecting Intel and other chipmakers came to light. These flaws, which were discovered much earlier by several researchers but kept under a non-disclosure agreement to allow time to coordinate a proper response, could allow potential exploits to access sensitive system memory information without permission. As a result, all major tech companies including Intel, AMD, ARM, Microsoft, Google and Amazon are rushing to provide emergency patches before these vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, can be exploited by malicious programs and cause widespread harm. But what makes these vulnerabilities so dangerous, how can you you ensure your devices will be protected, and what is Emsisoft doing to keep its customers safe? What are Meltdown and Spectre? Publicly disclosed by The Register on Tuesday, these critical vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, could allow malicious programs unauthorized access to privileged information stored in the system memory, such as passwords, login keys or cached files from other software. Meltdown, which only affects Intel chips produced since 1995, effectively removes a barrier within the system memory, allowing regular user processes direct access to sensitive information stored within the kernel. The Spectre vulnerability affects all chip vendors, including Intel, AMD and ARM, and tricks applications into leaking their memory contents. While this is harder to exploit by cyber criminals, it is also proving much harder to fix for hardware and software makers. As a result of these vulnerabilities, personal computers, mobile devices and cloud services across all operating systems are susceptible to a potential malicious attack. What can I do to keep my devices secure? The most important step is to ensure that your devices are updated with the latest available updates from your hardware and software vendors. Unfortunately, the vulnerabilities cannot be fixed via a simple firmware update by the chip makers. Instead, a combination of firmware and software updates is necessary to fix the majority of the security flaws. Both hardware and software vendors such as Microsoft, Google and Intel have released or are in the processes of providing patches to their customers. Given the severity of the situation, Microsoft took an unusual step and released an emergency patch for Windows 10 (Version 1709) on January 3rd, rather than wait for their usual “Patch Tuesday” to provide a fix. The update should automatically be applied to Windows 10 machines via Windows Update. Alternatively, you can manually download and install it here. Microsoft said in a newly created support article that older operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8 are also receiving the security patches. How is Emsisoft affected by these vulnerabilities? Due to the urgency of providing a fix, Microsoft decided to block the installation of the updates on systems with incompatible antivirus software, in an attempt to avoid potential blue screen of death errors. Security vendors had little time to react, but our team was quick to verify that our software is fully compatible without any further changes, tested the fix across different Windows instances and pushed out an update that sets the required registry key and allows the installation of the necessary security patch. We therefore urge all of our customers to manually trigger a software update of their Emsisoft security product if they haven’t done so already. In addition, we strongly advise against the use of multiple AVs, as the registry flag is not product specific and can, if an incompatible AV is installed in parallel with Emsisoft Anti-Malware, still cause a blue screen error. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our customers updated on new developments or further measures that need to be taken. Rest assured that our malware protection will continue to keep you safe from all types of online threats as you’d expect it. Have a great, malware-free day! View the full article
  16. Another day, another award! Independent antivirus software testing group Av-Comparatives have released the results of their recent Whole Product Dynamic “Real-World” Protection Test and we’re happy to report that Emsisoft Anti-Malware has once again received the highest award possible. “Real-world” protection testing Unlike some types of antivirus tests that tend to focus on a particular component of security software (typically signatures or heuristic file scanning), Av-Comparatives’ most recent experiment took a more holistic approach. The award-winning Whole Product Dynamic “Real-World” Protection Test allows security suites to use any and all protection features (URL blockers, content filters, behavior blockers and more) to prevent infection at any stage of the process. This is intended to reflect the expanding scope of IT security. To simulate a real-world environment, the AV-Comparatives team compiled an extensive list of test cases made up of 1,769 malicious websites and malware that currently pose a risk to ordinary users. Every security product was installed on an internet-connected test computer, which was manually updated every day, and every antivirus suite was updated before being subjected to the malware. Testing took place between July and November 2017, and the results have just recently been released. Emsisoft walks away with the top award We are delighted to see that our flagship product was more than up to meeting the demands of the challenging test environment. Not only did Emsisoft Anti-Malware achieve an impressive 99.1 percent protection rate, it also excelled in the false alarm component of the test, which is a critical part of delivering a smooth user experience. With a false positive rating of just 11 (lower is better), Emsisoft came in well below the average of 18 and was miles below some products that raised as many as 132 false flags during testing. Ultimately, scoring strongly during the protection and false positive testing helped Emsisoft Anti-Malware earn the highest accolade possible – the AV-Comparatives Advanced+ Award for the Real-World Protection Test December 2017. We’re not in it for the glory but, as always, we are proud to see our products receive recognition for their protection capabilities. Regardless of the awards we win, we’ll always strive to provide our customers with industry-leading protection. About AV-Comparatives AV-Comparatives is an independent, Austrian-based group that specializes in assessing antivirus software. The organization regularly releases detailed reports to provide consumers with the information they need to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a security suite. The AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive tests of its kind. Suffice to say, products that score highly on this test can safely be trusted to provide high-quality protection against a variety of digital threats. Get the full details of the July-November 2017 Real-World Protection Test here, or hop over to our awards page for a glimpse of some of the other accolades we’ve won in the past. Have a brilliant (malware-free) day! View the full article
  17. If you’ve read our recent 2017 in review article, you will know that building the most efficient protection software while keeping it as simple and easy to use as possible is very close to our hearts. As we continue to evolve our solutions and add new features, we regularly review the status quo and think about how we can implement existing functionality in smarter, more elegant ways for our customers. We trust you’ll enjoy the tweaks and refinements we have made for our 2017.12 product updates. If you have got more ideas on how we can create an even better protection experience, then let us know in the comments. We love hearing suggestions from you, our customers. All 2017.12 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware Universal forensics log for easy search and analysis New: Merged all individual logs into one universal forensic log that can be more flexibly sorted, filtered and searched. New: Added an automatic seat rotation system for multi-seat keys to make the most efficient use of such licenses. Improved: Possible compatibility issue warning when another installed Anti-virus/Anti-malware program is detected, to avoid system crashes. Improved: Initial integration with Windows Security Center after installing via MSI installer. Improved: Ability to manually resize the main overview screen. Cleanup: Removed setting “Maximum simultaneous update connections” as the software now determines the best setting automatically. Cleanup: Removed setting “Enable/disable logging” and “Logging limit” as the software now determines the best settings automatically. Cleanup: Removed setting “Protect PC if no user is logged on” as the protection is now always on unless protection is manually shut down. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console Improved: Synchronized all changes in available settings with Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Improved: Update proxy server management. 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 and start to 2018! View the full article
  18. The holiday season is not only a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, but also to look back at the year gone by. For us at Emsisoft, we could finally take a brief moment to realize just how busy 2017 has been for the team and the wider security industry: from major ransomware outbreaks that took most (Emsisoft customers excluded) by surprise to constant product evolution to guarantee the best possible malware protection for our customers, this year has been anything but uneventful. Better surf protection: Both online and in the water Prevention is worth a pound of cure, so raising awareness of online security issues has always been close to our hearts. Back in November 2016 we started out with the world’s first surf protection research using drones and high technology drifters, teaming up with Surf Life Saving New Zealand to map currents and further understand threats and dangers that await unsuspecting surfers under the surface. The campaign results exceeded our highest expectations: not only was the project widely covered in media outlets across the country, but the insight gained formed the basis for future projects and was even presented at a conference sponsored by the World Health Organization. As our CEO Christian Mairoll put it: Whether online or in the water, Emsisoft always aims to observe dangerous environments, analyze specific threats and most importantly prevent dangerous situations that surfers suffer from everyday. Ransomware outbreaks take many by surprise Ransomware attacks are nothing new for our team, but the sheer size and speed of two major outbreaks this year caught many off guard. In May, Wannacry ransomware took advantage of the NSA shadow broker exploits to rapidly spread to hundreds of thousands of machines, including major corporations in Europe and beyond. A mere month later, Petya used the same exploits to wreak havoc across high-profile businesses in dozens of countries and exposed, despite repeated warnings from security experts, the general lack of basic protective measures, including up-to-date operating systems, regular backups and the use of reputable anti-malware software. Our customers were safe from these attacks thanks to Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s multi-layered protection. Yet it’s events like these that remind us of the need to constantly improve our technology and awareness to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. Emsisoft evolves to stay ahead of malware Malware attacks of this nature require an immediate response. Luckily, one of our main advantages over many competitors is our ability to adapt quickly. Starting in January, we introduced a new product versioning scheme that aligns with our development month and laid the foundation to bring protection and usability features to our customers faster than ever, rather than waiting for a major release. Making great protection even better Our customers choose Emsisoft first and foremost for one reason: to be protected from all types of malware threats. It’s a job we take seriously, which is why we have launched a number of improvements throughout 2017. Our personal highlights: We made our Behavior Blocker even more capable, detecting malware and ransomware threats that try to disable antivirus software. We promoted our existing ransomware protection into a dedicated “Anti-Ransomware” layer. We added Double Pulsar exploit mitigation in response to the increase in ransomware outbreaks. This doesn’t include the countless under-the-hood changes to the Surf Guard to detect even more phishing scams and the performance improvements we have launched month after month to ensure your protection does not get in the way of your day. Keeping things simple Simplicity is one of our core values here at Emsisoft, and the product team made it a clear focus to deliver against it in 2017. We looked at all aspects of our software and listened to a lot of customer feedback to learn how we can make things better, faster, and simpler. The result was a raft of new and improved features that we released over the last 12 months, including: a simplified user permissions system based on 2 groups; a brand-new feature to exclude specific programs from scanning and protection; an extended Forensic Log to better reproduce malware-related events on your machine; an auto-resolve mode for the behavior blocker to reduce user-dependencies; email notifications. Merging Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware But perhaps the biggest change in terms of our product development has been the merging of Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware in October this year. What may have seemed like a sudden decision was the result of a careful evaluation of our core competencies, the realities of a changing malware landscape and the preparation for things to come. To ensure customers dependent on a firewall would receive a comparable level of protection, we released a Fortification feature for the Windows Firewall to ensure that malware will not be able to tamper with it. Business-grade security that just works As we’ve touched on earlier, this year in particular exposed just how devastating ransomware attacks can be for companies both large and small if they do not have reliable endpoint protection in place. We always believed that sophisticated, enterprise-level endpoint protection does not need to be complex, and we have continued to refine the experience of our business customers, whether that’s enhanced Emsisoft Enterprise Console connection features or new MSI setup files for time-efficient group policy deployment in larger Windows networks. Our efforts did not go unnoticed either, as independent test lab AV-Comparatives praised our business solution for its ease of use, clean design and fast deployment capabilities in this year’s Business Security Report 2017. Combined with a stellar malware protection rate powered by Emsisoft Anti-Malware, we walked away with the “Approved Business Product Award” for the second year running. The feedback that counts: yours While it’s great to get recognized with industry awards for our malware protection performance, it’s the messages we receive from our customers and partners that put a smile on our faces and give us the motivation to get up in the morning to fight the good fight. I wanted to take a moment of your time and let you know that there just isn’t a better anti-malware company than Emsisoft. Your dedication to the world of online protection is the best in the business. I have 100% confidence in Emsisoft to keep me safe on line no matter what. It’s just something I never have to think about. Joel Gardner, Switzerland Emsisoft is about security. Looks good, works good, is light and what is most important, Emsisoft is about trust. My is over 8 years as paid customer, without any single security PC problem. Franky via Twitter Another gold star for Emsisoft! I’ve been with you since a-squared, and it’s always been prompt, professional and excellent service all the way, not to mention the superb software solutions. These days, companies that care are unfortunately few and far between. Douglas Sharp, Germany I own a brick and mortar retail computer repair shop. We have sold hundreds if not thousands of copies of Emsisoft through our retail business. I have to say Emsisoft works so well that I feel like it may be hurting our repair business. Our customers like it and that’s what matters. David Gentry, Lantean Systems LLC, USA What lies ahead in 2018? Ransomware once again dominated the year, and we are expecting this trend to continue into 2018. Wannacry and Petya attacks made sure that even the most technophobic among us have at least a basic level of awareness. But they also laid bare the ample opportunities for cyber crime as too many business still don’t have credible security strategies in place. We covered the emergence and increasing sophistication of Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) business models, allowing anyone with malicious intentions to execute their own ransomware attack and share the ill-gotten gains with the RaaS creators. Given the ease of using these services and the proliferation of cryptocurrencies, we at Emsisoft expect the ransomware campaigns to continue unabated into the new year. The other trend to keep an eye on is also connected to the rise of digital currencies: Cryptomining. Online criminals and even some „legitimate“ websites are experimenting with the use of crypto-miners to extract revenue from users. Whether it will evolve into a legitimate alternative to the established ad model or remain mostly a tactic by malware authors remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome, as long as cryptocurrencies continue to rise, we expect to come across increasingly sophisticated variants. But what will Emsisoft look like in 2018? We plan to continue our efforts to declutter Emsisoft Anti-Malware to make it the easiest to use protection software on the market. Our Malware Lab is working relentlessly on a new malware detection and protection system that is going to raise the bar in the industry. In addition, our product development teams have started working on a major project a couple of months ago that is expected to be launched no earlier than mid 2018. We can’t wait to share more details as we get closer to the actual release and to hear what you think. But until then, you can count on Emsisoft to protect you from all the current and future threats that may lurk out there. Malware never sleeps, and nor do we. Have a brilliant, malware-free 2018! View the full article
  19. The past month has been dedicated to what our development team dubbed a ‘cleanup sprint’. If this conjured up images of dust-strewn developers dashing about with buckets and brooms, you’re not far from the truth. In lieu of big projects, this month we focused our efforts on important product maintenance works and cleaned up dozens of minor issues and improvements that had been waiting in queue for a while. Even if these releases are not as exciting as those that contain major changes, they are important as they improve product stability. Additionally, they pave the way for bigger projects to come. Stay tuned! All 2017.11 improvements in a nutshell Emsisoft Anti-Malware Improved: User interface wording for easier navigation through the settings. Improved: Extended forensic logging. Improved: Scheduler for automatic updates. Improved: Integration in Windows Security Center. Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Enterprise Console Several minor tweaks and fixes. Emsisoft Emergency Kit 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
  20. 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
  21. In October 2017, independent IT security product analysts AVLab set out to find which free antivirus product offers the best on-demand scanning. The results are in, and we’re delighted to announce that Emsisoft Emergency Kit came out on top, scoring a shiny award badge in the process. AVLab testing methodology An antivirus’ ability to identify and remove digital threats hinges on whether or not it can actually detect malicious files. This was the core focus of AVLab’s most recent tests. The testing took place on a virtual image of Windows 10 Professional x64 complete with the latest updates. All antivirus applications were installed with default settings and updated at the time of scanning to ensure signatures were fully up to date. Over the course of six days, the Polish company subjected 10 free IT security products to thousands of malware samples that were obtained in cooperation with independent researchers. To make the testing as challenging as possible, the malicious applications were collected just 24 hours prior to each test day. Emsisoft scores highest detection rate We’re proud to report that Emsisoft emerged at the very top of the charts. Emsisoft Emergency Kit detected 17,483 of the 18562 malware samples (93.73 percent), earning us the AVLab Best+++ Award! A few of our competitors didn’t fare as well, with the 24-hour freshness of infected files proving to be too much of a challenge for some (we’re looking at you here, Windows Defender). In addition to our great detection score, AVLab also noted that Emsisoft Emergency Kit’s scan duration was on the speedy side. On-demand scanning can be a time-consuming process (one of the tested products took several hours to complete a scan!), so we are happy to see our efforts in creating a lightweight, bloat-free product paying off even in stringent test conditions. Yet we are not surprised at the results, as its scanning and removing technology is the same that powers our flagship product, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, which boasts class-leading behavior-blocking to prevent even the smartest malware from harming your computer. Not convinced? Try it out free for 30 days, no commitment or account required. About AVLab AVLab tests are independent, reliable and painstakingly crafted to resemble real-world conditions. The malware samples used in this test are obtained via independent researchers rather than through security software developers. This allows for total impartiality and ensures antivirus developers are unable to artificially boost their threat detection scores. Want to learn more about the test? Download the full report in Polish or English, or check out the awards we’ve won in the past on our awards page. Have a fantastic (malware-free) day! The post Emsisoft grabs #1 spot in AVLab’s on-demand malware scanner test appeared first on Emsisoft | Security Blog. View the full article
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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