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New in 2018.1: Revamped Behavior Blocker user experience

Christian Mairoll

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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!

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